For graduate students, the course number is LAW2047HS.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

Patents and trade secrets protect commercially valuable inventions and information respectively. As the information age and biotechnology progress, these legal monopolies and "know-how" have become increasingly important to commerce.

This course will examine: protectable subject matter (novelty, non-obviousness, secrecy and the problems with specific technologies such as computer software, business methods and biotechnology); the mechanisms used to obtain protection (nationally and internationally); maintenance, how to read (construe) and how to enforce (litigate) a patent; and licensing. The scope and overlap of patent and trade secret protection will also be studied.

Evaluation
Students have the option of doing either a final 2 hour open-book sit-down examination, or 48-hour take-home, only available at the start time of the sit-down examination, to be signed out from the Records Office. Note: Students choosing the take-home option will not be permitted to reschedule other exams due to choosing this option.

At a Glance

Second Term
Credits
3
Hours
2

Enrolment

Maximum
35

31 JD
4 LLM/SJD/MSL/NDEGS/SJD U

Schedule

Th: 4:10 - 6:00