LAW Patent Prosecution
Intellectual Property: Patent Law
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[ Transactional ] Intellectual Property: Patent Law
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[ Transactional ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Patent Prosecution : Technological innovations in computer software are sometimes protected by patent. One specialization of patent transactional attorneys is patent prosecution work. Patent prosecution attorneys assist clients in all stages of the patent application process. For students interested in specializing in this area, this class is, of course, essential. Fully understanding the application process, however, is also helpful for IP attorneys who do more general corporate work for IP clients. Business deals often revolve around the IP assets of a company and transactional attorneys should understand how those assets are created and protected.
General course Description:
(Same as ME 238). The course follows the patent application process through the important stages: inventor interviews, patentability analysis, drafting claims, drafting a specification, filing a patent application, and responding to an office action. The subject matter and practical instruction relevant to each stage are addressed in the context of current rules and case law. The course includes four written assignments: an invention capture, a claim set, a full patent application, and an Office Action response. Pre-requisites: Law 326 (IP:Patents), Law 409 (Intro to IP) or ME 208.
Course Style: An Experiential course is one in which students undertake tasks derived from or akin to those done by practicing lawyers.