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Patent Law (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-810
  • Class Number: 03561
  • Instructor: Roman Melnik

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous and thorough introduction to substantive and procedural patent law for US law students and foreign attorneys who have a serious professional interest in practicing in the areas of patent litigation and/or patent prosecution in a law firm or in-house environment.  Material is covered in depth, with the goal of imparting practical skills so that students can hit the ground running when (re)starting work.  There is a strong emphasis on learning and applying black-letter law with the aid of numerous practice problems.


The topics to be covered include claim formats, indefiniteness of patent claims, the written description and enablement requirements, invalidity based on anticipation, the pre-AIA and AIA rules for what is and is not prior art, invalidity based on statutory bar, invalidity based on obviousness, claims and claim interpretation, literal infringement, infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, indirect and derivative infringement, unenforceability, and post-grant proceedings.  

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: Th 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Room Number: Room 1
  • Exam: In-class, open-book exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Points will not be awarded