PATA - Patent Practice


PATA 5100 Introduction to Patent Law (3)

This is a substantive patent law course focusing on the federal patent laws (35 U.S.C. 1 et seq.). This course will cover the arrangement of the U.S. Patent Office, the requirements of patentability, and the patent application process. This course introduces students to the U.S. patent system, issues relating to patent law, patentability, benefits of obtaining patent protection, defenses to and remedies for patent infringement, and patent issues abroad. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5110 Patent Research and Writing (3)

This course focuses on familiarizing the student with patent law reference materials. Students will locate, analyze and summarize federal statutes, federal court opinions and federal administrative rules pertaining to patent law. Students learn the essential skills of patent researching and legal reasoning and begin to develop legal writing skills. This course enables students to apply the theory of patent research and writing to practical problems encountered in the patent litigation process. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5120 Foundations in Intellectual Property Law (3)

This course is a survey of the four primary areas of intellectual property--patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. This course will compare and contrast the protections afforded by each of these primary areas of intellectual property law, and will clarify the scope and limits of patent protection for new inventions and discoveries.

PATA 5200 Patent Drafting (3)

This is a practical skills course that teaches the fundamentals of preparing a patent application, with particular emphasis on claim drafting. Drafting techniques useful for all technical subject matters will be covered. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to draft proper claims and prepare patent application documents suitable for filing in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000, PATA 5110, and PATA 5100.

PATA 5210 Patent Prosecution (3)

This is a practical skills course that teaches the fundamentals of prosecuting patent applications - corresponding with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to overcome formal and substantive rejections of a patent application. Prosecution strategy with a view toward subsequent enforcement of the resulting patent will be emphasized. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to draft a proper response to an Office Action issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and handle other issues with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relating to the issuance and maintenance of U.S. patents. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5300 Patent Office Ethics (3)

This course will focus on the ethical and professional responsibilities facing patent agents when submitting work before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It will examine ethical considerations such as confidentiality, unauthorized practice of law, conflict of interest, as well as the consequences of unethical behavior. In addition, students will be provided with frameworks for dealing with the moral dilemma patent agents face. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5310 Patent Law Regulations and Procedures (3)

This course reviews the patent laws (35 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), the formal patent rules (37 CFR), and information patent rules (the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure). One of the objectives of this course is for students to become familiar with the practical side of how the patent laws are implemented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students will also learn the nuts and bolts of patent filing - what papers are necessary to file a patent application and how to prepare and file them. This course will also cover ethical issues of patent preparation and prosecution. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5100.

PATA 5400 Patent Litigation and the Federal Courts (3)

This is a substantive law course focusing on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive jurisdiction over most patent-related lawsuits. This course will cover the structure of the Court, and its procedures, and the effect of the Court's decisions on Patent Office Procedures and patent litigation. Specific attention will be given to the study of the significant rulings of the Federal Circuit on the interpretation of patents, the determination of infringement, and the remedies available for infringement. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000, PATA 5110, and PATA 5100.

PATA 5500 Global Intellectual Property Law (3)

This course will introduce students to intellectual property outside the U.S. It will also cover the challenges and problems in protecting and enforcing patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets outside the U.S. Additionally, this course will cover the major intellectual property treaties, including the Paris Convention; The Patent Cooperation Treaty; the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol; the Berne Convention; the Universal Copyright Convention, and others, focusing on the practical impact of these treaties on protecting rights outside of the United States. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5510 Copyright Law and Trade Secret Law (3)

This is a substantive law course covering the federal copyright statute (17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.) and the federal and state statutes governing trade secrets and confidential information. Issues to be examined include copyrightable subject matter, the exclusive rights afforded by copyright, ownership of copyright, and fair use. Additionally, this course will cover the preparation and prosecution of applications for copyright registration, and the federal and state schemes for protecting and enforcing rights in trade secrets and other confidential information. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5120.

PATA 5520 Trademark Law (3)

This is a substantive law course covering the federal and state statutory and common law schemes for protecting trademarks and service marks. This course follows the process of selecting and protecting a trademark including pre-adoption searching, preparation and filing of applications, prosecution of applications, and issuance and maintenance of trademark registrations in the U.S. and abroad. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5120.

PATA 5530 Ownership, Licensing, and Transfer of Intellectual Property (3)

This is a practical skills course covering the basics of contract formation and drafting. This course will cover the preparation and interpretation of agreements affecting the ownership, licensing, and transfer of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5120.

PATA 5540 Computerized Patent Searching and Patentability (3)

This is a legal researching and writing skills course that will focus on searching strategies and databases in patent contexts. This course will address both publicly available and private databases for searching for prior art for patentability and validity purposes, and legal precedent to support application and enforcement efforts. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5120.

PATA 5900 Foundations in Intellectual Property Law (3)

This course is a survey of the four primary areas of intellectual property--patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. This course will compare and contrast the protections afforded by each of these primary areas of intellectual property law, and will clarify the scope and limits of patent protection for new inventions and discoveries. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5910 Patent Law (3)

This is a substantive patent law course focusing on the federal patent laws (35 U.S.C. 1 et seq.). This course will cover the arrangement of the U.S. Patent Office, the requirements of patentability, and the patent application process. This course introduces students to the U.S. patent system, issues relating to patent law, patentability, benefits of obtaining patent protection, defenses to and remedies for patent infringement, and patent issues abroad. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5920 Patent Drafting (3)

This is a practical skills course that teaches the fundamentals of preparing a patent application, with particular emphasis on claim drafting. Drafting techniques useful for all technical subject matters will be covered. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to draft proper claims and prepare patent application documents suitable for filing in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000, LEGL 5260, and PATA 5910.

PATA 5930 Patent Prosecution (3)

This is a practical skills course that teaches the fundamentals of prosecuting patent applications - corresponding with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to overcome formal and substantive rejections of a patent application. Prosecution strategy with a view toward subsequent enforcement of the resulting patent will be emphasized. At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to draft a proper response to an Office Action issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and handle other issues with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office relating to the issuance and maintenance of U.S. patents. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000.

PATA 5940 Patent Law Regulations, Procedures, and Ethics (3)

This course reviews the patent laws (35 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), the formal patent rules (37 CFR), and information patent rules (the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure). One of the objectives of this course is for students to become familiar with the practical side of how the patent laws are implemented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students will also learn the nuts and bolts of patent filing - what papers are necessary to file a patent application and how to prepare and file them. This course will also cover ethical issues of patent preparation and prosecution. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000 and PATA 5910.

PATA 5950 Patent Litigation and the Federal Courts (3)

This is a substantive law course focusing on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive jurisdiction over most patent-related lawsuits. This course will cover the structure of the Court, and its procedures, and the effect of the Court’s decisions on Patent Office Procedures and patent litigation. Specific attention will be given to the study of the significant rulings of the Federal Circuit on the interpretation of patents, the determination of infringement, and the remedies available for infringement. Prerequisite: LEGL 5000, LEGL 5260, and PATA 5910.

PATA 6000 Integrated Practices in U.S. Patent Office Procedure (3)

This is the capstone practical skills course bringing together all of the substantive law knowledge and practical skills training and applying it to the searching, preparation, filing, and prosecution of a patent application on an invention. Students will follow a project from start to finish, producing a portfolio-type work product that may be useful as a writing sample. Prerequisite: Completion of all other required courses in this major.

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