3 credits – Transnational Course

Evaluation Methodology:

  • 20% class participation
  • 30% short research paper
  • 50% take-home exam

Course Description:
Patent protection is a cornerstone of our country’s innovation policy and impacts many aspects of our day-to-day lives from the price of drugs to software updates. In this course, we will cover the essentials of Canadian patent law, including infringement and remedies, validity, patentable subject matter, and the patent application process; we will also discuss alternative forms of protection for technology, know-how, and information products. You will also have the opportunity to explore how patent law responds to evolving and emerging technologies, how domestic patent policy is shaped by international trade, and the role of non-practicing patent enforcement entities (aka trolls). While this course will emphasize Canadian law, we will look at foreign legal perspectives where appropriate.