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Division of Science, Technology & Law

In February 1859, Abraham Lincoln identified the six great steps in the history of liberty in his "lecture on discoveries and inventions".  The right of inventors and authors to royalties for patents and copyrights was one of them.  Today, intellectual property has become a major part of the worlds economy and one of the fastest growing areas of law: stem cell research, gene patents, clean technology, file sharing, digital libraries - every day we are faced with a new issue at the intersection of science, technology, and law.

The Science, Technology & Law Program seeks to:

  • Identify and discuss these issues, thereby fostering multi-disciplinary analysis and thinking
  • Equip students with a diversified skill set that enables them to succeed outside "traditional" career paths
  • Raise awareness of legal, societal and ethical challenges - on an academic, as well as professional, level
  • Provide a platform for the exchange of ideas on informed public policies on science, technology and law

Student Spotlight: Kevin Sprenger

    Kevin Sprenger

 

Kevin Sprenger is the founder and current president of the Student Intellectual Property Society.  Follow the link to read what he has to say about the society and also the importance of being well versed in intellectual property.


 

Faculty

Anna-Marion Bieri

Anna-Marion Bieri

Director of the Science, Technology, and Law Program
Assistant Professor of Practice

Anna-Marion received her LL.M. in IP from the MIPLC in Munich, Germany (an IP Centre jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for IP and Competition Law, University of Augsburg, Technische Universität München, and George Washington University School of Law). She holds an LL.B. (hons) from University of Durham, UK.

Michelle Mayberry

Michele Mayberry

Patent Attorney at New River Intellectual Property Law

Ms. Mayberry received a J.D. from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science from George Mason University.  She is licensed to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Kim Muller

Kimbley Muller

Senior Council for Shell Oil

Muller received his B.S. General Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic University (1969), his J.D. with Honors from John Marshall Law School (1974) and his L.L.M. from George Washington University (1978). He is currently licensed to practice law in Texas, as well as before the Court of Appeals on the Federal Circuit.


Contact Information

    Anna-Marion Bieri

Anna-Marion Bieri
Director of Science, Technology & Law Program
Assistant Professor of Practice

Office of the Dean (MC 0405)
North End Center, Suite 4300, Virginia Tech
300 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-7110
annambs@vt.edu

Faculty

    Anna-Marion Bieri

Anna-Marion Bieri 
Science, Technology & Law Director
Assistant Professor of Practice

    Michele Mayberry

Michelle Mayberry
Attorney for New River Valley IP Law

    Kimbley Muller

Kim Muller
Senior Council for Shell Oil


News & Events

October 31, 2014
Science, Technology & Law Program Symposium
"Trends for University Patent Monetization in the Post-America Invents Act Era"

Professor Jeff Vockroth, JD
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech


Group Emphasizes Copyright Guidelines

    Collegiate Times
Follow the link to read what the Collegiate Times has to say about the new Student Intellectual Property Society here on campus.

Science Magazine

Fall 2009 Magazine

    Fall 2009 College of Science Magazine