Formerly named "Patent Law Introduction".
Introduces the history, philosophy and economics of the patent system, including the policy objectives of the system and the major legal mechanisms by which those objectives are carried out. This introduction focuses on the justifications for the grant of patent rights and the relationship of those justifications to the substantive requirements of statutory subject matter, utility, anticipation and obviousness. This course presents the theory of patent claiming and its linguistic consequences. This is a required course for Patent Law, and is a recommended course for other students who desire a basic working knowledge of the patent system.
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