This class will provide an overview of the patents and patent law suitable for non-lawyers as well as lawyers unfamiliar with patents. The course will roughly divide into three sections. It will begin with a discussion of the history of patents, how patents fit into the U.S. legal system and economy, what rights patents do and do not provide to those who obtain or own them. Next, the course will explain the components of a patent and the process for obtaining a patent. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of how patents are enforced, how to defend against accusations of patent infringement, and legal actions and remedies related to patent law.
Continuing Legal Education: This program offers 1.5 Professional Practice CLE Credit (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).