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LAW 0552: Patent Law
Spring 2020 • Section 01 • CRN 27449

Course Description

This course provides an extended introduction to United States patent law.  Topics covered include the patenting process, patent-eligible subject matter, patent validity requirements, patent infringement, and the nature of rights secured by a patent. The course also briefly examines trade secret law, and discusses the relationship between, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of, patent and trade secret law for protecting intellectual property rights in inventions and discoveries. This course will provide a broad overview of the law and policy of the U.S. patent system.  Topics to be covered include the nature of patentable subject matter, the standards for assessing patent validity (novelty, utility, and non-obviousness), Patent Office procedures, infringement and the doctrine of equivalents, and remedies for patent infringement.


Day/Time Location
T/Th 1:10-2:25 PM Klein 6B

Course Details

  • Erika Douglas
Credit Hours

3 Credits



Course Type
  • Exam
Course Modality


Fulfills J.D. Requirement




Registration Info


You must have completed the following courses before enrolling in this course:

  • LAW 0547 (Introduction to Intellectual Property)

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