Biotech Licensing & Litigation

SLN #: 73102
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 013
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): BURNS

Course Description:
This seminar will give students the opportunity to explore the special problems and issues in transactions and litigation involving biotechnology and how the law is evolving to deal with them. The seminar will initially address biotechnology-related agreements, such as those involving development and licensing of medical devices, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. The seminar will then focus on biotechnology-related cases, such as patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and license disputes to enable students to gain an understanding of how courts are dealing with the novel and complex factual and legal issues presented. Each student will make a one-hour oral presentation to the class based upon independent research approved by the professor. Each student will also write a 20-30 page paper of publishable quality on a relevant topic approved by the professor.

Course Materials - Class materials to be provided. No textbook on the subject is available.

Evaluation of Course - The oral presentation and seminar attendance will represent 50% of the grade, while the research paper will present the other 50%.

Graduation writing requirement available if the student is able to find a full-time faculty member to supervise the paper.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Experiential Learning: No
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes, see course description
Participation Points: Yes, see course description
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.