Patent Law

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED 9:00 - 10:07 am TNH 2.138

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Final exam (administered by Exam4) December 9, 2020


This course will be taught in person but with the option of occasional remote participation via Zoom.  If students require all remote participation, they must register for the 27801 section of this course, which is identical but web-based.

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.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

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


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
11/16/2020 Exam information updated