Course Details

Innovation Theory & Patent Law

This seminar will provide an overview of theories of innovation developed in several fields, including economics, psychology, and sociology of science and technology. The seminar will focus on understanding each disciplinary approach to innovation and analyzing efforts to incorporate these theories of innovation into the design of patent law. We will begin by examining traditional economic approaches to innovation and discussing how these insights have been incorporated into patent theory. We will then question the adequacy of these traditional approaches to innovation in light of findings from psychology regarding intrinsic motivation and creativity, and from sociology regarding collective innovation. We then discuss whether and in what ways current findings in economics, psychology, and sociology should lead us to recalibrate the patent system. We will end by considering other tools available to foster innovation, including government grants and prizes. Registration Requirements: Recommended course study: Intellectual Property Survey or Patent Law Evaluation Methods: Each student can choose either to submit a 1,000-word reaction paper to eight of the assigned readings, or to write an 8,000-10,000-word research paper. Those students choosing to write a research paper may write two or three drafts of the paper to fulfill the law school¿s writing requirement. For two-draft research papers, the first draft will count for 15 percent of the grade and the final draft will count for 65 percent. For three-draft research papers, the first draft will count for 15 percent of the grade, the second draft will count for 25 percent, and the final draft will count for 40 percent. For reaction papers, each paper will count for 10 percent of the grade. The remainder of the grade (20 percent) will be based on participation and performance in the seminar. Class Materials: Reading assignments will be posted on blackboard

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 624

Course History


Spring 2014
Title: Innovation Theory & Patent Law
Faculty: Pedraza-Fariña, Laura (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 15