The term "biotechnology" refers to a collection of technologies that use cellular and biomolecular processes to solve problems and make useful products. These include technologies that affect our daily lives such as food processing, plant hybridization, and making wine. These also include cutting-edge technologies such as personalized medicine, biosensors, whole-genome sequencing, and even controversial techonologies such as "pharming," cloning, regenerative medicine, embryonic stem cell research, and gene editing. Some biotechnology research can even challenge our understanding about the very nature of life. One can imagine, then, that the entire body of "biotechnology law" that affects this patchwork of technologies is as varied and far-reaching as the underlying technologies themselves.
Although some say that biotechnologies were first developed about 10,000 years ago with the domestication of plants and animals, the pace of modern biotechnology development has far exceeded the original pace. Therefore, biotechnology law has become a continuously adaptive body of law that evolves with the pace of biotechnology development. Because biotechnology law is also influenced by business cycles and the market, the most effective way to understand biotechnology law is by studying its evolution at the intersection of law, business, and science. Legal issues at this intersection include intellectual property (especially patents), federal regulation, research funding, approval of products for human use, privacy issues, and international issues, among many other unique legal issues.
Torrey Pines Law Group's founder, Kevin Buckley, has either directly participated in biotechnology research or has represented biotechnology entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. The attorneys, engineers, scientists, and patent agents at Torrey Pines Law Group have also worked in a variety of biotechnology industries and have assisted with commercializing, researching, and developing technologies including:
Torrey Pines Law Group, PC serves technology innovators with protecting intellectual property internationally and throughout the U.S., including in major technology hubs such as San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Boulder, Orlando, the Research Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), the Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC) and throughout Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange County, Irvine, and La Jolla.
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