CLE-Access to Vaccines and Medicines: Patents as Incentives or Impediments?


Thursday, February 3, 2022 -
3:00pm to 4:15pm


BSL Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility #151 and Virtual

Access to Vaccines and Medicines: Patents as Incentives or Impediments?

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
UNLV, Thomas and Mack Moot Court #151 and Online Via WebEx
1 CLE Credit (NV)
Registration will close at 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the limitations on access to vaccines globally, and many critics have faulted the patent system for creating impediments to equitable access to vaccines. Join Mr. Andrei Iancu and Professor Marketa Trimble as they discuss the role that the patent system has played in incentivizing or impeding the development and distribution of new pharmaceuticals, including COVID-19 vaccines.

Mr. Andrei Iancu, former Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is a partner at Irell & Manella LLP and is Senior Adviser and Co-Founder of the Renewing American Innovation Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Marketa Trimble, Samuel S. Lionel Professor of Intellectual Property Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV

This event is scheduled to be held simultaneously in-person at UNLV, Thomas & Mack Court Room ( and online (a link will be provided to registered participants). COVID-19 measures are in place, and facemasks are mandatory for in-person attendance. Check the Boyd Law website at on the day of the event for any in-person location changes.