Patent and Licensing Clinic

Section 1, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/8
Credits: 3

Course Description

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.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: See course description above.

Other Work

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, 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 Notes: Classroom sessions will meet at the scheduled time. Students will also on client matters approximately eight hours per week.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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