Patent Law (LAW-688-001)
Assessment:In-class final exam.
Patent law grants inventors proprietary interests in their inventions—inventions that are increasingly ambitious and increasingly valuable. This course undertakes a thorough review of the requisites of patentability, including eligible subject matter, utility, novelty, nonobviousness and disclosure. Additionally, the course covers 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 neither required nor recommended as a prerequisite to enroll in this course.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The required text for this course is Craig Allen Nard, THE LAW OF PATENTS (Aspen Casebook 4th Edition).
First Class Readings
Nard: 1-6; 16-29 MyWCL: (1) Comb-over patent (2) NPR, “When Patents Attack”
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