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Spring 2023

6205 Patent Prosecution - COTRONE- 14961

Professor(s): Carlo Cotrone (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  M  Location: 200 

Course Outline: This simulation course approaches patent prosecution from a practical perspective, aiming to equip students with fundamental skills not only in claim drafting, but also in argumentation, advocacy, and collaboration with inventors, clients, and patent examiners. An overarching goal of this course is to help students to begin developing an identity as an intellectual property counselor—a practitioner whose mission is far broader than merely to secure patent protection.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 01/12/23

Course Notes: (Synchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.


This is an LL.M class, and JD students may register, if space is available.

The resume of professor Cotrone can be found at

Students should also note that participation in the course brings a special opportunity to obtain the most widely known and used commercial treatise in patent prosecution, Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (7th ed. 2018), at a special student rate that is approximately one-fourth of the cost that a law firm or practicing attorney would pay.

Prerequisites: Yes  Either Patent Law or IP Survey in a prior semester or in the same semester as this course; or permission of the instructors

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/08 6-8pm  Remote      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

ISBN: 978-1402424267;
Course Materials: Robert C. Faber, Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (“Faber”)

Faber is available at a highly discounted rate (about one-fourth the commercial cost) for student use in this course; book ordering is centralized with a Law Center administrative support person. Please email Mr. Harold Bradford at, copying the professor, and Mr. Bradford will check your course enrollment and then provide you with a special form to order the book. Please respect the publisher’s terms and conditions: the special rate is only for students enrolled in this course.