Biotechnology & Patent Law – 6949

This course emphasizes patent law principles and doctrines as applied to biotechnology, including pharmaceutical, patents. Although there will be some coverage of United States Patent and Trademark Office policies as well as biotechnology patent principles in non-U.S. jurisdictions, the focus will be on U.S. Federal Circuit and Supreme Court case law developments. Topics include patent eligibility of biotechnological inventions including diagnostics and “natural” products such as genes, claim strategies, written description, enablement, utility, best mode including requirements for biological deposits, inventorship, inherent anticipation, obviousness, infringement, and the intersection of patent and FDA regimes for small molecules and biologics.


Spring 2022

John Dragseth ’96
Graduation Requirements
Upper Division Legal Writing
Subject Area
Health Law & Bioethics *
Intellectual Property and Technology *
Student Year
Upper Division
Grade base
A - F
Course type