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Patent Law (Fall 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-810
  • Class Number: 03562
  • Instructor: Roman Melnik

Course Description

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.

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.  

Required reading assignments are from a hornbook rather than a casebook.  

The course may be taken for 3 or 4 units.  Enrolling for 4 units is strongly recommended.  Students who enroll for the extra unit will be required to turn in their answers to the (almost) weekly problem sets in advance of the class session during which they are discussed

There are no formal course prerequisites. 

No separate points will be awarded for class participation. There will be an open book in-house final examination, which will be at least partially, and will probably be entirely, multiple choice in format. Students are allowed to use laptops with Examplify on the final exam.  Students may elect CR/D/F grading if they wish.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 4
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No