Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Patent Law (LAW-688-001)
Jonas Anderson

Meets: 04:30 PM - 05:50 PM (MW)

Enrolled: 32 / Limit: 65

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Patent law grants inventors proprietary interests in their invention. This course is designed to allow students to practice patent law in the U.S. The course will provide an initial understanding of the requisites of what is required in order to obtain a patent, including eligible subject matter, utility, novelty, nonobviousness, and disclosure. Additionally, the course covers common patent enforcement issues, including claim interpretation, the doctrine of equivalents, and remedies. The course includes some coverage of comparative and international patent law. A scientific background is absolutely not required as a prerequisite to enroll in this course.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Textbooks: The required text for this course is Craig Allen Nard, THE LAW OF PATENTS (Aspen Casebook, 5th Edition). You can get by with the 4th edition of the casebook, and the price is much more reasonable (around $80 versus $260) but I will expect you to have read the cases that only appear in the fifth edition; and there are a lot of such cases.

First Class Readings

First Class Readings:

• Nard 1-7; 17-31;

• Canvas: “When Patents Attack”- NPR (21 min);

• Canvas: Comb-over patent;


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