The new eighth edition of this venerable and highly respected casebook represents a substantial revamping. It features an entirely new and detailed chapter on inter partes reviews, the most important new development in patent law in many years. The chapter on Section 101 has been completely rewritten from the ground up. It now reflects all the essential developments since the beginning of the Bilski-Mayo-Alice-Myriad era in 2010, and eliminates many outdated older cases. The chapter on novelty has been reworked in light of the new rules on priority and prior art. The treatment of remedies now includes extensive treatment of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).
Likewise, every other chapter—on enablement and written description, nonobviousness, and so on—has been updated to include the most recent and important cases. In addition, many helpful diagrams have been added to explain complex cases. And, in keeping with the tradition of the book, the book adds extensive references to the law review and scholarly literature in every chapter. For student and professor alike, the new edition represents comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of all corners and features of patent law.
John F. Duffy & Robert Patrick Merges, Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials, Carolina Academic Press (8 ed. 2021).