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277W sec. 001 - Patent Law (Spring 2022)
Instructor: Robert P. Merges (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
MW 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Law 12
From January 10, 2022
To April 26, 2022
Course End: April 26, 2022
Class Number: 31504
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM
This course will cover the core concepts of U.S. patent law with special focus on the issues of patent reform that have reshaped patent law 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. No technical training is required; every effort is made to clearly explain the various inventions at issue in the cases, so as to keep the focus on legal doctrine and policy.
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