University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2019

Course Description
This course will cover the most important features of U.S. patent law. We will explore patent interpretation, validity, infringement, and remedies. We will also devote attention to the basic theoretical and practical justifications for the patent system, the process by which inventors obtain patents, and current issues in patent policy. No technical background is required. Indeed, the vast majority of judges who decide patent cases, including all of the Supreme Court Justices, have absolutely no engineering or science background whatsoever.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-15-2019 - 04-23-2019   TR  2:00 PM-3:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: There will be an End of Class assignment distributed on the first day of finals and due by the last day of finals. The assignment will be much like an exam, with questions asking for written responses in addition to multiple choice and true-false questions. The assignment is open book, but students are not to consult with any other human being about it.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Related
Health & Medical - Related
Intellectual Property - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Review 35 U.S.C. Secs 101, 102, 103, 112 and 271; Skim MPEP App’x L; Rethinking the Prospect Theory of Patents by Duffy; and, How Much Has the Supreme Court Changed Patent Law by Gugliuzza

    Rather than ask that you purchase an expensive book that will be out of date relatively quickly, I identify the assigned readings so that you can find them on your own. Some materials are available from the course website, but most you should easily be able to find.

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