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Course Description
Reading Groups
Additional Course Materials
Links of Interest

Course Description
LAW 286, 3 units.

This course provides an introduction to essentially all substantive aspects of patent law, including the legal doctrines, public policies, and intellectual theories that inform the practices of patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation. You will initially develop an understanding of the form and substance of the patent instrument, with particular attention to the claims that define the substantive scope of the patent grant. You will then study the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent grant, including utility, novelty, non-obviousness, and adequacy of disclosure. Finally, you will examine the law governing patent infringement, including literal infringement and infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, as well as the applicable defenses and remedies. No prior technical background or knowledge is required or expected, but students should be comfortable with expository readings in science and technology.

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Adelman et al., Cases and Materials on Patent Law (4th ed. 2015); you should also print out a copy of the Patent Act.
Additional Course Materials
Can you get a cheaper Epipen? (Class 2)
How marketing turned the Epipen into a billion dollar business (Class 2)
Epipen patent
and video ; Adrenaclick video (Class 2)
Reading on patent valuation (Class 3)
Show and Tell patents (Class 3)
Show and Tell patent valuation data (Class 3)
Some patents allowed to lapse after 4 1/2 years: #1 #2 #3 (Class 5)
Booz Allen's New Product Process (Class 5)
Option valuation calculator (Class 5) (beta version)
Basics of Claim Drafting (Class 6)
Advanced Claim Drafting Tips (cont'd) (Class 6)
Workspaces: Group 1 / 2 / 3
Claim Drafting Comments (Class 7)
Gordon Gould obituary (Class 8)
Written Description Training Materials
Written Description and the "Possession" Puzzle (PowerPoint slides; optional) (see also)
Shore (Hardness) Testing of Plastics (Class 12)
Comments by Prof. Shepard on amended best mode requirement
Rule 131 Affidavit
AIA Videos (USPTO: watch First Inventor to File Changes, videos #1-#4, with accompanying AIA handouts below)
AIA Outline and Hypotheticals
Are Secondary Considerations Still Secondary? (Class 23)
In re Deuel
Artful Prior Art article (to accompany Deuel) (Read 1001-06, 1009-16)
Class slides on Artful Prior Art  
Slides from Bilski presentation
USPTO's "Abstract Idea" Training Examples
Nuijten (Class 30)
Synopsys v. Lee (for John Sieman's Nov. 29 presentation)
Hiew '936 Patent (for John Sieman's Nov. 29 presentation)
Foley v. Lardner blog on SAS case (caution: site is not compatible with all browsers)
Foley v. Lardner summary of Synopsys v. Lee
Links of Interest
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Located in a massive complex in Arlington, Virginia, the USPTO is a self-financed agency of the Department of Commerce that issues patents and registers trademarks.  Its Web site includes a searchable database of patents and published patent applications from which you can retrieve the text and drawings of every U.S. patent issued since 1976, as well as prosecution history files for most recent patent applications.

The latest news from the patent law world, helpfully digested by Prof. Dennis Crouch of the University of Missouri School of Law.

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