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USC Gould School of Law

Patent Law     LAW-810

This course provides a rigorous and thorough introduction to substantive and procedural patent law for US law students and foreign attorneys who have a serious professional interest in practicing in the areas of patent litigation and/or patent prosecution in a law firm or in-house environment. The topics to be covered include claim formats, indefiniteness of patent claims, the written description and enablement requirements, invalidity based on anticipation, the pre-AIA and AIA rules for what is and is not prior art, invalidity based on statutory bar, invalidity based on obviousness, claims and claim interpretation, literal infringement, infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, indirect and derivative infringement, unenforceability, and post-grant proceedings.

Units 3, 4
Grading Options Numeric or CR/D/F
Exam Type In-class Exam
Writing Requirement No
Skills/Experiential Requirement No

Grading Options: vary with the professor

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