Brenda M. Simon

 
Brenda M. Simon
Brenda M. Simon
Associate Professor of Law
J.D., University of California, Berkeley (intellectual property certificate);
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude
Phone: (619) 961-4307

Professor Simon joined the TJSL faculty in 2010.  Prior to that, she was the teaching fellow for the Law, Science and Technology LL.M. Program at Stanford Law School, and a fellow in the Center for Law and the Biosciences. Before joining Stanford, Professor Simon was an associate at Fenwick & West, where she represented technology clients in intellectual property litigation, counseling and patent prosecution. Her pro bono representation of clients included successful appeals before the Ninth and Federal Circuits. In 2000-2001, she served as a law clerk to Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Her research focuses on intellectual property and bioethics. Professor Simon’s recent articles have been published in the Houston Law Review, Nature Biotechnology, and the Stanford Journal of Law, Science & Policy.

 

Courses include:

Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Property I & II.

Scholarships

ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND ARTICLE-LENGTH WORKS

Rules, Standards and the Reality of Obviousness, Case W. Res. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014)

The Implications of Technological Advancement for Obviousness, 19 Mich. Telecomm. & Tech. L. Rev. 331 (2013), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2152123

Unsettled expectations: how recent patent decisions affect biotech, 29 Nature Biotechnol. 229 (2011) (with Christopher Thomas Scott) (first author)

Patent Cover-Up, 47 Hous. L. Rev. 1299 (2011)

Pluripotent patents make prime time: an analysis of the emerging landscape. 28 Nature Biotechnol. 557 (2010) (with Charles E. Murdoch and Christopher Thomas Scott) (first author)

Misuse Made Plain: Evaluating Concerns about Neuroscience in National Security, Peer Commentary, 1 Am. J. Bioethics-Neuroscience 15 (2010) (with multiple authors)

How to Get a Fair Share: IP Policies for Publicly Supported Biobanks, Stan. J.L. Sci. & Pol.y  65 (2009)

The Underrepresentation of Women on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 16 Wis. Women's L.J. 113 (2001)

Note, United States v. Hilton, 14 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 385 (1999)

Presentations

Generating Trade Secrets from Patents, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA (August 7, 2014), available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/16588.htm

Moderator, Where to File: A Framework for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies to Develop an International Patent Filing Strategy, Second Panel, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (April 11, 2014)

Rules, Standards and the Reality of Obviousness, PatCon 4: The Annual Patent Conference, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA (April 5, 2014)

Rules, Standards and the Reality of Obviousness, Corporate Innovation and Legal Policy Seminar, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA (March 20, 2014)

Moderator, The Blurred Lines Between Intellectual Property Trolls and Legitimate Intellectual Property Enforcement, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (October 18, 2013)

Rethinking Analogous Arts in Patent Law, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Cardozo Law School, New York, NY (August 9, 2013)

The Implications of Technological Advance for Obviousness, Spring 2013 Colloquia and Distinguished Speaker Series, Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA (March 21, 2013), available at http://www.law.whittier.edu/index/centers-programs/cipl/intellectual-property-distinguished-speakers/

The Implications of Technological Advance for Obviousness, 2012–13 IP Law Speaker Series, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (February 28, 2013), available at http://www.sandiego.edu/law/faculty_staff/calendar/event_details.php?_focus=44327

Presenter, Clarifying the Analogous Arts Test, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA (August 9, 2012), available at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/law/ipsc/

Presenter, The Implications of Cognitive Technology for Obviousness, 2012 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Honolulu, HI (June 8, 2012)

Presenter, The Implications of Cognitive Technology for Obviousness, Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA (May 5, 2012)

Oral and Written Testimony, “The Need for Quality Assessment” , USPTO Genetic Diagnostic Testing Hearing, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (March 9, 2012)

The Implications of Cognitive Enhancement for Obviousness, Stanford Law & Biosciences Workshop, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA (March 6, 2012)

Are Human Genes Patentable?, 12th Annual Women and the Law Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (February 24, 2012)

Commentator, Edifying Thoughts of a Patent Watcher, Professors' Patent Law Workshop, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre, University of San Diego (January 21, 2012)
(Available at http://www.sandiego.edu/law/news/calendar_of_events/event_details.php/?_focus=40315)

The Implications of Cognitive Enhancement on Obviousness, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL (August 12, 2011)

Moderator, TRIPS and Patent Enforcement, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA (April 8, 2011)

Patent Cover-Up, Cardozo IP Speaker Series, Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY (March 21, 2011)

Public Patents, Private Information, Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA (August 13, 2010)

News

  • October 21, 2013
    The attorney representing singer Robin Thicke in a preemptory lawsuit related to Thicke's "Blurred Lines" hit song joined three other...
  • Professors Simon and Lane Present at Cardozo Conference
    September 17, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professors Brenda Simon and Eric Lane were presenters at the 13th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (...
  • IP Practicum
    June 14, 2013
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s groundbreaking IP Practicum has just completed its first three-week run and has been a major success.  ...
  • Valedictorian Walter Araujo
    May 16, 2013
    May 2013 Valedictorian Walter Araujo looks back with pride at his time spent at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. And that’s not surprising when...
  • Jennifer McCollough
    October 3, 2012
    Third –year student Jennifer McCollough is on a roll when it comes to working with U.S. District Court Judges.  She has just accepted a...

Expertise

Intellectual Property

  • Patent

Property