Spring 2014
5332 Patent Law - KUMAR- 12650

Professor(s): Sapna Kumar (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  MWLocation: BLB-213 

Course Outline: This course will introduce students to the law and policy of the United States patent system. This course begins with a discussion of the origin of the patent system followed by a look at the composition of an issued patent and the procedural mechanism for obtaining patent rights. We will then proceed with an examination of the substantive requirements of patentability, including the disclosure requirements, novelty, nonobviousness, utility, and subject matter. Next, we will consider issues associated with enforcing a patent, including the scope of a patent owner’s rights, and the common defenses to a patent infringement suit. Throughout the course, we will consider the relationship between the Federal Circuit and the institutions it oversees, and will consider how the Federal Circuit’s semi-specialized nature effects its decisionmaking.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   

Prerequisites:  - No technical background is required to succeed in this course. Although there are no prerequisites for this class, IP survey is very helpful, as is familiarity with administrative law.

First Day Assignments: First day reading:
(1/13) Introduction to patent law. p. 1–6, 24–39 (start with first full ¶ on p.24, skip box on p.29); § 154(a).
This reading introduces the Patent Act, the Federal Circuit, and the Patent & Trademark Office. It also provides some basic information on patent law. This lecture will provide background that will help with understanding future reading.

Focus Questions: (1) What is a patent? (2) What are the pros and cons of specialized courts? (3) Are patents private or public goods (or something else?)

Final Exam Schedule: 04/30 6-9pm  144 TU2  119 TU2  

This course will have:
Exam: Yes
Paper: No

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No