Intellectual Property Law

This area provides resources relating to intellectual property law, such as outlines of reviewed texts and treatises and software projects involving interaction with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Reading Notes

Title: Cases and Materials on Patent Law
Description: Reading notes from the full text of Cases and Materials on Patent Law, 1st Ed. (Adelman, Rader, Thomas, and Wegner).

Title: Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Related Doctrines
Description: Reading notes from the full text of Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Related Doctrines, 4th Ed. (Goldstein).

Title: Electronic and Software Patents – Law and Practice
Description: Reading notes from the full text of Electronic and Software Patents: Law and Practice, 1st Ed. (Lundberg, Durant).

Title: How to Write a Patent Application
Description: Reading notes from the full text of How to Write a Patent Application, 1st Ed. (Sheldon).

Title: Landis on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting
Description: Reading notes from the full text of Landis on How to Write a Patent Application, 5th Ed. (Faber).

Title: Software Patents
Description: Reading notes from the full text of Software Patents, 2nd Ed. (Stobbs).

Written Materials

Title: History of Patents and the Basis of Claim Construction
Description: A review of the history of patents and the U.S. Patent Act, with emphasis on the claims requirement.
Note: The pagination of this document is a little skewed, because it was originally written in Corel WordPerfect and later converted to Microsoft Word.

Title: Patent Practice Guide
Description: An outline-style set of study notes from the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. Written in preparation for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office bar examination in October, 2000. (Some of the substantive law has changed since this document was written – e.g., the American Inventor’s Protection Act of 1999 and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act – and some of this material is now incorrect.)

Title: Software Patents: Problems and Solutions
Description: A study of the history of software patent treatment by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and an argument for allowing patents for software. Written to satisfy a law school research and writing requirement in Intellectual Property Law.

Title: USPTO Classifier
Description: A set of software utilities for exploring the hierarchical patent classification system of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Title: USPTO Proxy
Description: A software component that serves as a proxy for querying the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office patent and patent application databases.

Title: USPTO Toolbar
Description: An Internet Explorer browser plug-in for facilitating access to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office patent database.