Baldwins’ Victoria University Biotech Prize 2016

Friday 14th October 2016

Baldwins has been involved with the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington for 14 years. More specifically, Baldwins has been involved in the third year paper Biotechnological Techniques and Processes (BTEC 301A) since its inception ten years ago. This paper covers what a biotechnologist needs to know about intellectual property (IP), covering the function of patents, the nature of confidential information, strategic project planning and licensing of intellectual property rights.

Dr Jared Scarlett, a biotech specialist at Baldwins, has given lectures each year to cover the IP component of this course and has also lectured first year students in the BTEC course to provide an outline of the role of a patent attorney and how this can apply to their studies. Six years ago Baldwins introduced the ‘Baldwins Biotech Prize’. This prize is valued at $500 and is awarded to the top student or students in BTEC 301A. This year the winner was Kurt Ward.

Baldwins hosted a function for all BTEC 301A students to present the prizes at its Wellington office on 3 August 2016. As well as awarding the prize to Kurt, the evening was an opportunity for students, their lecturers, and the BTEC Programme Co-ordinator to meet with professionals working in IP.

L-R: Tim Jackson (Partner, Baldwins), Dr Janet Pitman (Senior Lecturer, Victoria), AProf David Ackerly (Biotechnology Programme Director, Victoria), Penny Catley (Partner, Baldwins), Kurt Ward, AProf Simon Davy (Head of School of Biological Sciences, Victoria) and Dr Jared Scarlett (Senior Associate, Baldwins).

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