2021 Shidler Lecture featuring patent law expert Peter Lee

Biopharmaceutical firms have developed COVID-19 vaccines in record time, thus offering hope in a devastating pandemic. But alongside the development and deployment of these vaccines have come difficult questions about ownership and access. Biopharmaceutical companies hold patents on their vaccines, thus seeming to pit exclusive rights against the interests of wide and rapid dissemination of these critical resources.

UW Law's 2021 Shidler Lecturer, Prof. Peter Lee of UC Davis School of Law, will explore how contract principles can help break the impasse and facilitate greater access to patented vaccines, thus helping to improve health and welfare on a massive scale.

Join us for a lecture from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, via Zoom. Access the Shidler lecture abstract for more information.


Peter Lee
Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Peter Lee

Peter Lee teaches and writes in the areas of patent law, innovation, and technology transfer. His current scholarship explores the institutional context of innovation as well as the intersection of intellectual property law and academic science. His recent works have appeared in The Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, and other leading journals.

Professor Lee has received numerous awards for his scholarly work, including the UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship, the Samsung-Stanford Patent Prize, and inclusion in West/Thomson’s annual Intellectual Property Law Review. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at Melbourne Law School and speaks widely on intellectual property matters in the United States and abroad.

Professor Lee received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he studied the history and philosophy of science. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a member of The Yale Law Journal. Professor Lee joined the UC Davis faculty after clerking for Judge Barry G. Silverman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

At UC Davis, he teaches Patent Law, Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property and Development, Property, and a seminar on Innovation and Technology Transfer. Professor Lee received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016.

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