Patent Law: Fundamentals of Doctrine and Policy

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Patent Law: Fundamentals of Doctrine and Policy provides a remarkably accessible yet robust introduction to patent law and its practical application. Written in a straightforward style, the authors focus on providing a deep understanding of doctrine and policy, without “hiding the ball” in ways that can hinder student comprehension. The book will appeal to students who have scientific and technical backgrounds or prior patent experience, as well as students who simply have an interest in technology and innovation and seek a well-rounded legal education.

The book teaches all the core patent statutes and doctrines in the United States patent system. Novelty, nonobviousness, subject matter, infringement, defenses, and remedies all receive thorough attention. The book also includes chapters that address the history of patent law, patent application drafting and prosecution, patent litigation, and design patents. These additional chapters afford students an opportunity to understand the law in its full and proper context.

The authors employ several pedagogical methods to ensure students’ mastery of each topic. At the outset of each chapter and section are detailed explanations of the black-letter law. When new concepts are introduced, the text provides examples and explanations along with diagrams and illustrations. Case law is edited to emphasize legal principles and avoid excessive technological complexities. Following each case are “Case Comprehension” questions that reinforce key points, along with “Beyond the Case” questions that challenge students to apply doctrines and consider policy concerns outside the context of the specific case. Each substantive chapter concludes with a series of practice questions and an exam-style essay question. Answers to the practice questions and sample responses to the essay questions are provided at the end of the book.

A teacher’s manual will be available for professors.