Patent Law

This course examines doctrines and policy concerns of United States patent law. Focal points include (1) patentability requirements such as eligible subject matter, novelty, and nonobviousness; (2) patent scope and forms of infringing activities; and (3) theories, critiques, and institutions of patent law. There are no specific prerequisites. The course is designed to be accessible to students without a science or engineering background. Course materials will include (1) the latest edition of Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials by Robert Merges and John Duffy; (2) Foundations of Intellectual Property by Robert Merges and Jane Ginsburg; and (3) other materials made available online and in hard copy.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:10 - 10:17 am TNH 3.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Take-home 12/8/14

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed


  • Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials - Robert Patrick Merges & John Fitzgerald Duffy
      LexisNexis , edition: 6th(looseleaf v.)
      ISBN: 9780769857671   (required)
  • Foundations of Intellectual Property - Robert P. Merges & Jane C. Ginsburg
      ISBN: 9781422498873   (required)