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277W sec. 1 - Patent Law (Fall 2011)
Instructor: Robert P. Merges (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: TuTh 11:20-12:35
Meeting Location: 170
Course Start: August 25, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49859
This course will cover the core concepts of U.S. patent law with special focus on the issues of patent reform that have been raised over the past few years. Using the perspective of an inventor or entrepreneur, we will examine how patents are used as a business tool to commercialize new technologies and innovations. We will also consider fundamental policy questions about the current patent system such as whether it favors big institutions over independent inventors or start-ups and whether it inhibits scientific research and access to medicines.
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