Patent Law, Spring 2008, Course Coverage Table

Module 1: Introduction (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Introduction
1-2
1.1
Tues., Jan. 15
All
Foundations - Bonito Boats v. Thunder Craft
3-10
Origins - In re Bergy
10-11
Patent History and Development
11-18
Forms of Patent Protection
18-19
Forms of Patent Protection (continued)
24-26
Nature and Function of the Patent System
26-39
1.10.a
Example patent (US Pat. No. 5,190,351)
20-23
Review this patent in detail; trace the claim language to the specification's disclosure and to the components shown in the drawings; what is the gist of the inventive concept?
Thurs., Jan. 17 (last 30 minutes missing; battery failed)
All
Module 2: Patent Eligibility (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Patent Eligibility
57-60
2.1.a
Gottschalk v. Benson
60-67
stop before note 6, pg. 67
Example patent with method and structure claims: 4,079,239
Tues., Jan. 22
(no audio, battery failure)
M
Parker v. Flook
67-68
2.10
Diamond v. Diehr
68-75
Arrhythmia Research v. Corazonix
75-86
In re Alappat
86-88
Thurs., Jan. 24
M
State St. Bank v. Signature
88-95
US Pat. No. 5,193,056
2.20
AT&T v. Excel
95-98
stop before note 7, pg. 98
"technological arts" - excerpt of Ex parte Lundgren
n/a
Ex parte Lundgren (full opinion, not assigned) 
Compositions of Matter - Diamond v. Chakrabarty
100-109
skip note 2, pg. 108
Tues., Jan. 29
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Method of Arbitration - In re Comiskey
1-8, 12-25
Signals - In re Nuijten
1-2, 6-18
131-132
think about these, they will be reviewed in class
Module 3: Utility (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Utility - Lowell v. Lewis
133-135
3.1.a
Thurs., Jan. 31
R
Juicy Whip v. Orange Bang
136-141
US Pat. No. 5,574,405
Brenner v. Manson
141-149
In re Brana
149-157
Tues., Feb. 5
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n/a
n/a
Module 4: Anticipation, Statutory Bars and Novelty (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Anticipation - Titanium Metals Corp v. Banner
159-170
skip note 4, pg. 170
4.1.a
Inherency - Continental Can v. Monsanto
171-77
skip note 4, pg. 176-177
US Pat. No. 4,108,324
Anticipation Exercise
177-178
think about but do not externally research the exercise;
replace "DDS Catalog" in the last paragraph with "Fiendish Flouridators"
Thurs., Feb. 7
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n/a
n/a
Statutory Bars - Public Use - Egbert v. Lippmann
179-187
4.10
Tues., Feb. 12
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Metallizing Engr. v Kenyon Bearing
187-192
City of Elizabeth v. Pavement Co.
192-199
Lough v. Brunswick
199-211
US Pat. No. 4,848,775
Thurs., Feb. 14
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On Sale Bar - Pfaff v. Wells
211-219
stop before note 6, pg. 219
US Pat. No. 4,491,377
4.20
n/a
§102(a)/(b) - Patents - In re Carlson
230-235
D289,855
Other example design patents:
D446,828, D475,625, D470,497
Tues., Feb. 19
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§102(a)/(b) - Printed Publications - In re Hall
235-239
§102(a)/(b) - "in this country" - Ex parte Thomson
239-243
§102(c) - Abandonment
243-244
§102(d) - Delayed US Filing
244-246
246-247
think about but do not externally research the exercises.
Thurs., Feb. 21
M
Novelty - §102(a) - Prior Invention - Woodcock v. Parker
248-250
4.30
Gillman v. Stern
250-254
skip note 5, pg. 254
Antedating a Reference
254-255
§102(g)
255-260
Conception - Oka v. Youssefyeh
260-264
skip note 3, pg. 263-64
Reduction to Practice - Scott v. Finney
264-272
Fri., Feb. 22
M
Diligence - Gould v. Schawlow
272-279
4.40
Corroboration - Woodland v. Flowertree
280-287
Tues., Feb. 26
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Award to the Second Inventor - Apotex v. Merck
287-295
§102(g) exercises
n/a
Overheads 4.43.a through 4.43.c
§102(e) - Disclosure in US Patents - Alexander Milburn v. Bournonville
295-300
skip note 5, pg. 299-300
§102(f) - Derivation - Agawam Woolen v. Jordan
300-307
Thurs., Feb. 28
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307
think about but do not externally research the exercises;
replace "1996" with "2001" in problem 3
 
Module 5: Nonobviousness (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Obviousness
308-311
Tues., Mar. 4
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Notes 1 & 2
318-319
Graham v. John Deere
319-336
Calmar v. Cook Chemical
319-336
Drawings for Graham and Cook Chemical
343-344
Notes on Obviousness
344-347
stop before "In re Rouffet"
n/a
Notes 1 to 3
355-358
Thurs., Mar. 6
R
Objective Tests - Hybritech v. Monoclonal Antibodies
358-371
stop before note 11, pg. 371
Nonobviousness Exercise
406-410
think about but do not externally research the exercise
Tues., Mar. 11
M
n/a
read pages 2, 12-23
n/a
Prior Art for Nonobviousness
411-412
stop before In re Stryker, pg. 412
Analogous Art - In re Clay
428-434
skip note 4, pg. 433-434
Thurs., Mar. 13
M
In re Winslow
434-436
n/a
Module 6: The Patent Specification - Objective Disclosure & Best Mode (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Enablement - Gould v. Hellwarth
438-449
stop before note 8, pg. 449
Atlas Powder v. Dupont
449-453
Annotated US Pat. No. 3,447,978
In re Wright
454-461
stop before note 5, pg. 461
Tues., Mar. 25
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Wands Factors - note 4
461
Written Description (new matter) - Vas-Cath v. Mahurkar
470-481
n/a
skip the table on pages 23-37 of the .pdf file
Objective Disclosure Exercise
496
think about but do not externally research the exercise
Thurs., Mar. 27
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Best Mode - Chemcast v. Arco
497-507
skip note 4, pgs. 505-506
Module 7: Claims (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Claims - Ex parte Fressola
525-533
Format - Preamble - Catalina Mktg. Int’l v. Coolsavings.com
534-544
stop before §11.2[b], pg. 544
Functional Claiming - In re Donaldson
555-565
 
Tues., Apr. 1
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Al-Site Corp. v. VSI Int’l, Inc.
565-578
Jepson Claims - In re Fout
578-582
Markush Claims
582-583
Definiteness - Orthokinetics v. Safety Travel Chairs
584-590
stop before note 4, pg. 590
Tues., Apr. 8
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Module 8: Infringement (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Autogiro v. US
744-749
Literal - Markman v. Westview Instruments
749-760
Preamble - Catalina Mktg. Int’l v. Coolsavings.com
534-544
This will not be covered again in class.
CCS Fitness v. Brunswick
761-767
Thurs., Apr. 10
M
Interactive Gift Exp. v. Compuserve
767-776
n/a
DOE - Graver Tank v. Linde Air Products
777-782
Tues., Apr. 15
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Warner-Jenkinson v. Hilton Davis
782-798
Pennwalt v. Durant-Wayland
798-799
Limitations on the DOE - All Elements - Corning Glass v. Sumitomo
799-807
Thurs., Apr. 17
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PHE - Festo v. Shoketsu . . .
808-820
Festo on remand at the Federal Circuit
n/a
Tues., Apr. 22
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Dedication - Johnson & Johnston v. R.E. Service
820-833
Prior Art - Wilson v. David Goeffrey & Assoc.
834-842
stop before §15.4, pg. 842
Jazz Photo v. ITC
864-875
stop before §15.7, pg. 875
Thurs., Apr. 24
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Module 9: Prosecution and Post-Grant Procedures (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Prosecution
594-604
Inventorship - Ethicon v. US Surgical
606-619
Hess v. Advanced Cardio. Sys
619-627
Inequitable Conduct - Duty of Disclosure
627-629
Intent - Kingsdown v. Hollister
629-639
Materiality - Molins v. Textron
639-648
skip note 5, pg. 647
Inequitable Conduct Case Summary: Purdue
n/a
Inequitable Conduct Case Summary: Ferring
n/a
Double Patenting - In re Vogel
648-655
Post-Grant Procedures
674-675
Reissue - HP v. Bausch & Lomb
675-687
ReExamination - In re Recreative Tech.
687-696
stop before §13.3, pg. 696
697-698
Module 10: Defenses and Remedies (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
Laches and Estoppel - Aukerman v. R.L. Chaides
910-920
Shop Rights - McElmurry v. Ark. P&L
920-926
 
First Inventor Defense
926-928
stop before "Additional Defenses Exercise", pg. 928
Remedies Overview
930-931
stop before "H.H. Robertson . . ."
Permanent Injunctions
940-941
Damages - Panduit v. Stahlin
941-947
stop before "Rite-Hite . . ."
NOTE: this is the end of the assignments.
Module X: { forthcoming } (slides)
Assignment Start Page Comment/Notes
Start OH#
Date
Call Group
{ forthcoming }

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