Patents and Trade Secrets

Academic Year

The objectives of the course include learning the fundamentals of U.S. Patent Law; exploring the policies underlying those principles; and discussing the assigned cases to develop skills in critical reasoning and advocacy. We will study what types of discoveries are contemplated under the Patent Act, including recent hot topics such as Computer Software and Biotechnology. The objectives include covering the specific requirements for patentable subject matter, such as the utility, disclosure, enablement, novelty, and nonobviousness requirements, and the statutory bars of public use, sale, and abandonment. Also covered will be the recent statutory changes, such as the American Invents Act, as well as recent patent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.