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Spring 2020

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.

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Take home exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
Course Delivery:

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:
  • Textbook Name: Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Merges and Duffy
    Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
    Edition: Seventh Edition
    ISBN: 978-1632824516
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Casebook pp. 3-19, 55-74

    Additional Information:
    The course webpage will be live on January 13; you will receive a link to the site once it is ready. The readings above are for the first week of class. The course will also include videos that you must watch. Information about how the course will run will be available on the webpage. You should, however, complete the readings by January 13. Please note that the first class date and time are just a default; the posting process requires that something be entered in the form for those items. We do not have a first class date and time because the course will be online. That said, the course will require you to keep up with readings, videos, and discussions on a weekly basis.



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-8447
Office: G474