Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents

Course Number: 534

Description: Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Patents examines the law that governs patents of pharmaceutical and biotechnology inventions and their commercial applications. In order to understand how and why US patent law protects such inventions-and in what ways the law will evolve in this rapidly expanding and increasingly important field-the course will study in depth the policies that underlie the legal framework, exploring the scientific, economic, and political issues that inform the debates in this area. Finally, students will also learn about the different types of patent protection throughout the world, and about the increasing number of international agreements that are playing an important role in the evolution of the world economy. The purpose of this course is to give students a working knowledge of the domestic and international patent protections of pharmaceutical and biotechnology inventions so that they may effectively represent clients today or participate in the ongoing policy debates that will determine how these legal rights are defined tomorrow.