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This casebook provides a thorough overview of the fundamentals of U.S. patent law. The book is organized in fourteen chapters. The casebook starts with the current statute in Title 35 of the United States Code. It then considers the requirement of “usefulness” necessary to receive patent protection. The book proceeds to explain the requirement of “novelty” as well as the “nonobviousness standard.” The book also examines the various roles of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), as well as the basics of the patent acquisition process.

After its discussion of the USPTO, the book provides an overview of patent infringement, as well as the various defenses and available remedies under the United States patent statute. The book concludes with a look at the specialized legislation, known as the Hatch-Waxman Act, which established distinctive rules for patents on pharmaceuticals and other regulated products.

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GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-65; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-65

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