This practice simulation course is designed for students who intend to become patent practitioners. The format of the course employs team analysis of hypothetical patent invalidity, claim construction and infringement issues, followed by team presentation in class, as foundations for brief and client opinion letter-writing assignments on those issues. Written advocacy techniques are enhanced by extensive redline feedback on the writing assignments. Along with sharpening skills in developing defenses against infringement charges and opposing such defenses, the course will focus on aspects of litigation unique to patent suits. In lieu of a final exam, the course grade will be based upon the writing assignments and class participation.
The course's integration of substantive law, issue analysis, litigation procedure and written advocacy will be useful even for those patent practitioners who do not themselves become litigators.
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