Jeffrey P. Donohue

Lecturer in Law

Corporate Counsel,
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

B.A., Brandeis University
J.D., Boston University School of Law


Jeff Donohue joined Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc. (“NIBRI”), the research arm of the global healthcare products company Novartis, in January 2008. Since joining Novartis, Mr. Donohue has served as its Corporate Counsel, supporting NIBRI’s Strategic Alliance function on drug research and development collaborations, academic consortia, licensing agreements, and strategic acquisitions. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Donohue was a Corporate Counsel at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, a biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Vertex, Mr. Donohue worked on a wide range of subjects, including securities offerings, licensing transactions, and regulatory and commercialization matters. Before joining Vertex, Mr. Donohue was an associate at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates), where he specialized in venture capital, pharmaceutical collaborations, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Donohue received a JD from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Brandeis University.


Licensing Law and Practice Workshop (S): LAW JD 963

3 credits

The number of transactions worldwide involving intellectual property has skyrocketed in the past ten years, as increasing numbers of businesses seek to monetize their patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret assets. As a result, licensing has developed into distinct legal practice. This seminar will focus on the various practical legal and business issues that arise in patent, software, trade secret and trademark licensing (and - time permitting - music licensing) including contract law and intellectual property concerns as well as the effect of antitrust, bankruptcy and international law on these transactions. Prior coursework in intellectual property law would be useful, but is not required, as the course will include a segment on IP basics. The course will not include an exam or paper; instead, the course will be arranged in a workshop format, in which students will draft, edit, and revise various license agreements and related documents in response to case studies that are based on actual transactions. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 10 students. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2016: LAW JD 963 A1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
M 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Jeffrey P. Donohue LAW 416
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