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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Legal Fallout of the Software Boom to be Discussed at MU Saturday Morning Science Lecture “What is an “invention”?

May 7th, 2011

Story Contact: MU News Bureau, 573-882-6211,

WHAT: Who decides what is and is not an invention? This week’s Saturday Morning Science discussion at the University of Missouri features Mario Biagioli, a distinguished professor from the University of California – Davis, who will discuss inventions and the legal fallout of the software boom.

Biagioli will discuss why people are redefining the word “invention” to include immaterial things, such as software, and the consequences of this change.

WHO: Mario Biagioli, University of California – Davis distinguished professor of law and science and technology studies

WHERE: Monsanto Auditorium

Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center

MU Campus

WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7.

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public.