Policy Practicum: Empirical Study of Patent Troll Litigation

Details

Course Code:
LAW 413E
Units:
1 - 3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/R credit/Fail

Description

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 produce the first patent litigation database to include comprehensive identification of the type of patent plaintiff involved in each lawsuit. Students' principal responsibilities during 2015-16 will be to complete the database and help draft a position paper for policy makers on the impact of patent trolls. Though voluntary, Professor Lemley and Dr. Miller will also encourage and aid students in utilizing this experience and the database for their own scholarly work. 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, 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. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments. 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) to the instructor. See Consent Application Form for submission deadline.

Current 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.

Past Offerings

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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