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Fall 2014
5332 Patent Law - KUMAR- 25270

Professor(s): Sapna Kumar (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  TTH  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: This course will introduce students to the law and policy of the United States patent system. This course begins with a discussion of the origin of the patent system followed by a look at the composition of an issued patent and the procedural mechanism for obtaining patent rights. We will then proceed with an examination of the substantive requirements of patentability, including the disclosure requirements, novelty, nonobviousness, utility, and subject matter. Next, we will consider issues associated with enforcing a patent, including the scope of a patent owner’s rights, and the common defenses to a patent infringement suit. Throughout the course, we will consider the relationship between the Federal Circuit and the institutions it oversees, and will consider how the Federal Circuit’s semi-specialized nature effects its decisionmaking.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus updated 8/13/14

Course Notes:   

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Read entire syllabus plus p. 1–6, 24–39 (start with first full ¶ on p.24, skip box on p.29); 35 U.S.C. § 154(a).

Final Exam Schedule: 12/09/14 9am-noon  240 TU2    

This course will have:
Exam: Yes
Paper: No

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (4/3/2014 2:07:14 PM)

Book(s) Required

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