Patent Law

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.

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 9:00 - 10:07 am TNH 2.138
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Take-home up to 8 hrs 12/9/20

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • Principles of Patent Law: Cases and Materials - John M. Golden et al.
      Foundation Press , edition: 7th (2018)
      ISBN: 978-1-63459-446-2   (required)