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Patent Law and Policy

  • Typically offered every other year

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

This course covers the main aspects of U.S. patent law. It explores the policy arguments for and against using patents as a mechanism for inducing technological innovation. The course will cover the central patentability criteria, including subject matter, novelty, nonobviousness, and adequate disclosure. We will also cover the scope of patent claims, ‎infringement, and remedies. Other important topics will include recent developments in patent law, including recent Supreme Court cases, the America Invents Act, and newly developed invalidity proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Evaluation will be by scheduled exam (subject to change).

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

This course covers the main aspects of U.S. patent law.  It explores the policy arguments for and against using patents as a mechanism for inducing technological innovation.  Students will learn the basics of patent drafting and claim construction. The course will cover the central patentability criteria, including subject matter, novelty, nonobviousness, and adequate disclosure; infringement; and remedies.  Other important topics will include the relationship between patent and antitrust law, and the role of the two major institutions responsible for administering the patent system, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Evaluation will be by scheduled exam.