Intellectual Property: Patentability and Policy | L47xx

This course examines the basic threshold requirement of whether an invention is eligible for patent protection pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 101. Exceptions to patent eligibility will also be addressed—particularly the fine line between the basic building blocks of science and the patentable applications that stem from same. As the courts (and the USPTO) continue to grapple with the ever-changing landscape of 35 U.S.C. § 101, the course will present questions of what legal framework best fits the patent eligibility analysis. This concern is illustrated by the fact that the USPTO has issued multiple training guides to examiners updating guidance on 35 U.S.C. § 101 in recent years. There are no prerequisites for this course, and a scientific or technical background is not necessary.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 1
ULW: This course not not fulfill the Upper Level Writing (ULW) requirement.

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