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Spring 2023

5227 Procedure of Patent Litigation - DHANANI/MAULE- 13515

Professor(s): Ali Dhanani (ADJUNCT)
Steve Maule (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 5:30p-7:30p  T  Location: 260 

Course Outline: The Course will focus on how to litigate a patent infringement case in Federal District Court and the relationship of the district courts and the Federal Circuit in patent litigation. In particular, the course will examine a hypothetical patent case from the pleadings, through the Markman hearing, and to trial. The course focuses on the hands-on issues that patent litigators face in their day to day trial preparation. The goal is to provide the students with an overall process for how a patent case is conducted all the way through trial.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  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. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.

Quota= 15.

The students will earn their grade based on four assignments. The assignments will focus on the weekly instructions and discussions in class. The assignments will consist of any of the following: motion to transfer; infringement contentions chart and invalidity contention chart on obviousness; briefing both sides of the interpretation of a term or phrase in a patent claim (a process called “claim construction”); drafting an opening or closing argument for a patent case.

Adjunct Professor Ali Dhanani’s professional bio can be found here:

Prerequisites: Yes  Patent Law, OR Patent Remedies & Defenses

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Additional materials will be provided separately.

Kimberly A. Moore et al. Patent Litigation and Strategy (5th ed. 2018). ISBN: 978-1640204966
If you’ve not already purchased your textbook, a 15% discount is available from using this code upon checkout: WAHOUSTON.