Patent and Licensing Clinic
Section 1, Fall 22
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The clinic involves instruction and practical training in patent drafting, negotiating and drafting of patent and software license agreements, as well as current legal issues impacting patent licensing and enforcement. Students will participate in class sessions covering these topics and will be assigned to one or more significant drafting and counseling projects in one or more of these areas. The clinic also covers evaluation of inventions and computer software for patentability and commercial value; counseling of U.Va. faculty inventors regarding patentability, inventorship, licensing, and the patenting process; preparation, filing and prosecution of U.S. patent applications; dealing with patent examiners; and researching current issues in the fields of intellectual property and technology transfer. Some exposure to international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty may be possible. Resolution of disputes with licensees and possible infringers will be undertaken where appropriate. Class sessions will be held weekly throughout the semester in the office of the University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group about two to four hours per week. While a technical background may be preferred (defined as eligibility to sit for the patent bar or patent bar registration) it is not a requirement. Students will be asked to provide the instructor with a statement relating to technical, industry, and legal background and employment experience.
Final Type (if any): None
Written Work Product
Written Work Product: See course description above.
Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Survey of Patent, Copyright, Trademark (7044)) Patent Law (LAW 8010) is a prerequisite only for students who want to do the patent drafting work in the clinic, not for the licensing work. Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: Classroom sessions will meet at the scheduled time at the UVA Licensing and Ventures Group office (722 Preston Ave, Suite 107). Students will also on client matters approximately eight hours per week. NOTE REGARDING GRADING BASIS: Students will receive a letter grade at the conclusion of the semester.
*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No
*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Intellectual Property, Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM