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Fall 2021
5332 Patent Law - MICHAELS- 14500

Professor(s): Andrew Michaels (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.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Whether this course will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course. You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined.

That being said, however, for this Fall 2021 patent law course, evening part time students can take the course in a fully remote fashion even if the instructor decides to use a physical classroom. “Fully remote” means that the evening part time student can attend via a synchronous zoom meeting connection that the instructor will operate in the physical classroom if one is in use. This permission does not extent to day section students for all class sessions. For the benefit of all students, the instructor will record class sessions for later student review. It is hoped that this experimental arrangement for this Fall 2021 patent law course will enable the typically small handful of Law Center evening part-time students to arrange with their employers to have work gap hours to take the course synchronously. The time of day of the course aspires to enhance this possibility. If an evening part time student cannot so arrange synchronous course access with their employer, they are encouraged to contact Associate Dean Greg Vetter at, to explore other possibilities or assistance.

Prerequisites:  - No technical background is required to succeed in this course. There is no prerequisite for this course.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/09 9am-12pm  111 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (6/8/2021 3:54:21 PM)

Book(s) Required

Patent Law & Policy
7 Edition, book format: Hardcover
Author(s): Merges
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
ISBN-13: 9781632824516
DIGITAL ISBN-13: 9781632824523
ISBN-10: 163282451