Patent Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/40
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTW
  • 0830-0950
  • SL294
01/23/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Technological innovation has become increasingly important throughout the national and world economies, and so too has patent law. Most national law firms now include patent litigation practices, and top-level appellate litigation departments almost invariably cover appeals in patent cases as central part of their work. The increased prominence of patent law has also led to increased controversy, with pitched battles in recent Supreme Court cases reshaping fundamental doctrines of the field. This course will provide an introduction to this vibrant field, with a course of study covering the rules for obtaining and enforcing patents. Neither a scientific nor a technical background is necessary for this course (and, indeed, many highly successful patent litigators also do not have scientific or technical degrees).

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Class preparation and some required questions students will be required to answer as homework.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM