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Biotechnology and Patent Law Seminar
J.D. Seminar 056 (cross-listed) | 2 credit hours
This course examines a variety of legal and policy issues associated with the intellectual property protection available to biotechnological innovations, with an emphasis on patents. Specific issues that will be examined within this framework include legal utility; conception and reduction-to-practice of biological molecules; anticipation and obviousness of nucleic acids; written description and enablement requirements for biological processes and molecules; experimental use; export and import issues; infringement; and developments in Europe. Course readings rely primarily on cases, statutes, and regulations. A biotechnology background is not necessary. This course requires a paper. Students must register for the three-credit section of the course if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the two-credit section will not fulfill the Upperclass Writing Requirement. A take home exam option is also available under the 2 credit option.
Prerequisite: Patent Law or patent law experience.
This course requires a paper. J.D. students must register for the 3 credit section of the course if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the J.D. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the two-credit section will not fulfill the J.D. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.