Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation

Details

Course Code:
LAW 805E
Units:
1 - 3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

Description

(Formerly Law 413E) Many believe litigation by patent trolls-those in the business of asserting patents rather than making products-is rampant and has harmed innovation and raised consumer prices. This concern has spread to Congress and the U.S. Patent Office, which are considering new regulation of patent trolls. However, there remains insufficient data to determine the amount and impact of patent troll litigation. Students selected for this course will work with renowned patent law scholar Mark Lemley and Law, Science & Technology Teaching Fellow Shawn Miller to complete the first patent litigation database to comprehensively identify the type of patent plaintiff involved in each lawsuit and, thus, reveal the complexity and scope of patent troll activity. Nearing completion, the database covers each lawsuit filed from 2000 to the present, with approximately 36,000 cases coded so far. In addition to helping policy makers, the database will be a valuable tool to help inventors, litigators, and judges understand who is suing in their cases. Its greatest impact will take place during the 2016-17 academic year when the database will be opened to public, legal, and scholarly use. In unveiling the database for use, students will refine and publish a major policy paper and organize a national conference of scholars and policy makers who are focused on patent reform. Though voluntary, Professor Lemley and Dr. Miller also encourage and aid students in utilizing this experience and the database for their own scholarly work. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Written Assignments. — NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Directed Writing, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Current Offerings

2016-2017 Autumn

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 805E Section 01 Class #30856

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 8

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

Future Offerings

2016-2017 Winter

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 805E Section 01 Class #31498

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 8

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2016-2017 Spring

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 805E Section 01 Class #32227

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 8

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Spring

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #46127

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2015-2016 Winter

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #45269

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2015-2016 Autumn

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #27535

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2014-2015 Spring

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #32922

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2014-2015 Winter

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #32882

  • 1 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

2014-2015 Autumn

Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation LAW 413E Section 01 Class #29755

  • 2 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 2

Notes: Law Unit Limitation.

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