In this course a student will study patent law in detail: the requirements for obtaining a patent ('utility, novelty and non-obviousness'); 'trade secrets' as an alternative to patent protection; computer software and 'business methods' as patentable subject matter. The class will focus on the theoretical (patent cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Court, the patent statute, 35 U.S.C.) and the practical (analysis of issued patents; individual and group exercises in drafting and critiquing patent claims, familiarity with the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure). The course is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students and faculty.
3 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor
Course Code: EID 373