Law 306 - Patent Law

Douglas Lichtman

Douglas Lichtman

Professor of Law
B.S.E. Duke University, 1994
J.D. Yale, 1997
UCLA Faculty Since 2007
Course Description:

This is an introductory course in patent law and patent strategy. Although the readings will at times cover technical areas, no technical background is required or even helpful.  Instead, our focus will be on the legal, policy, and strategic issues raised by modern patent practice.  The course will begin with possibly familiar background material about what inventions qualify for protection and how an applicant requests coverage.  Then the course will expand to look at procedural and evidentiary issues, as well as the precise nature of patent remedies.  Final classes play with policy, economics, and empirical evidence about how the patent system works and what could be changed to make the system better.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will have a rich understanding of patent law, patent practice and patent strategy.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Douglas Lichtman 19F 306 LEC 1 TR 8:25 AM - 10:25 AM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2019 LEC 1
Merges and Duffy. Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials  7th ed.  
ISBN: 9781632824516. Carolina Academic Press. REQUIRED $202.00
Notes: Hardcover, ebook, or looseleaf is fine; no need for any supplements