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Patent Law Research Guide

This guide covers the basic legal resources for United States Patent Law, including primary and secondary resources.

Selected Periodical Articles

Recent Patent Law Review Articles

Eric Bensen, America Invents Act Fundamentals (2018- date).  Lexis Practice Advisor.

Dan L. Burk, Patent Reform in the United States: Lessons Learned, 35 Regulation 20 (2012).  HeinOnline. 

Christopher A. Cotropia, Jay P. Kesan & David L. Schwartz, Unpacking Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), 99 Minn. L. Rev. 649 (2014). HeinOnline. 

Gregory Dolin, Dubious Patent Reform, 56 B.C. L. Rev. 881 (2015). HeinOnline. 

Ted L. Field, Obviousness as Fact: The Issue of Obviousness in Patent Law Should Be a Question of Fact Reviewed with Appropriate Deference, 27 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 555 (2017). HeinOnline.

Chao Gao & Peter M. Jay, Ten Years after KSR, Motivation to Combine Moves Back into the Spotlight, 10 Landslide 23, 25 (2018). HeinOnline.

Daniel J. Hemel & Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Beyond the Patents-Prizes Debate, 92 Tex. L. Rev. 303 (2013). HeinOnline.

Mark A. Lemley, Software Patents and the Return of Functional Claiming, 2013 Wis. L. Rev. 905 (2013). HeinOnline.

Mark A. Lemley, The Surprising Resilience of the Patent System, 95 Tex. L. Rev. 1 (2016). HeinOnline.

Mark A. Lemley & A. Douglas Melamed, Missing the Forest for the Trolls, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 2117 (2013). HeinOnline.  

Anup Malani & Jonathan S. Masur, Raising the Stakes in Patent Cases, 101 Geo. L.J. 637 (2013). HeinOnline.

Gregory N. Mandel, Institutional Fracture in Intellectual Property Law: The Supreme Court versus Congress, 102 Minn. L. Rev. 803 (2017). HeinOnline.

Wesley D. Markham, How to Explain the Implicit Exceptions to Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, 16 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 353, (2014). HeinOnline.

Michael Mattioli, The Data-Pooling Problem, 32 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 179, (2017). HeinOnline. 

Michael Mattioli, Power and Governance in Patent Pools, 27 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 421 (2014). HeinOnline. 

Robert P. Merges, Priority and Novelty under the AIA, 27 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1023 (2012). HeinOnline. 

Robert P. Merges & Michael Mattioli, Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Patent Pools, 78 Ohio St. L.J. 281 (2017). HeinOnline.

Craig Allen Nard, Legal Fictions and the Role of Information in Patent Law, 69 Vand. L. Rev. 1517 (2016). HeinOnline.

Kristen Osenga, Debugging Software's Schemas, 82 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1832 (2014). HeinOnline.

Stephanie A. Quick, The New Standard: Claim Construction after Teva, 9 Landslide 49 (2016). HeinOnline.

Jason Rantanen & Lee Petherbridge, Toward a System of Invention Registration: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, 110 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 24 (2011). 

Douglas L. Rogers, After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter, 11 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 434 (2013). HeinOnline.

Christopher B. Seaman, Permanent Injunctions in Patent Litigation after eBay: An Empirical Study, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1949 (2016). HeinOnline.

Jonathan Stroud & Derek M. Kim, Debugging Software Patents after Alice, 69 S. C. L. Rev. 177 (2017). HeinOnline. 

Donna P. Suchy, Foreign Patent Filing: A Different Kind of Climate Watch, 9 Landslide 1 (2017).  HeinOnline.

Megan Thobe, A Call To Action: Fixing The Judicially  Murkied Waters Of 35 U.S.C. § 101, 50 Ind. L. Rev. 1023 (2017).  HeinOnline.

Sandra P. Thompson, What You Risk: A Review of Subject Matter Conflicts of Interest in Intellectual Property Prosecution, 9 Landslide 9 (2017).  HeinOnline.

Todd R. Walters et al., The Evolution of Patent Office Litigation Practice under the AIA: A Review of Past Reform and a Look ahead to Possible Changes on the Horizon, 9 Landslide 41 (2017).  HeinOnline.

Vance Woodward, Patent Innovation: The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act has Introduced Many Welcome Reforms to American Patent Law, 38 L.A. Law. 21, 27 (2015). HeinOnline.


Pre-America Invents Act Law Review Articles

Dan L. Burk, The Role of Patent Law in Knowledge Codification, 23 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1009 (2008).  HeinOnline.

Dan L. Burk & Mark A. Lemley, Policy Levers in Patent Law, 89 Va. L. Rev. 1575 (2003). HeinOnline.

Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss, In Search of Institutional Identity: The Federal Circuit Comes of Age, 23 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 787 (2008). HeinOnline.

Dennis Crouch & Robert P. Merges, Operating Efficiently Post-Bilski by Ordering Patent Doctrine Decision-Making, 25 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1673  (2010). HeinOnline. 

John F. Duffy, Why Business Method Patents, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 1247 (2011). HeinOnline.

John M. Golden, The Supreme Court as Prime Percolator: A Prescription for Appellate Review of Questions in Patent Law, 56 UCLA L. Rev. 657 (2009). HeinOnline.

Mark D. Janis, Patent Law in the Age of the Invisible Supreme Court, 2001 U. Ill. L. Rev. 387 (2001). HeinOnline. 

Anne Layne-Farrar & Klaus M. Schmidt, Licensing Complementary Patents: Patent Trolls, Market Structure, and Excessive Royalties, 25 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1121 (2010). HeinOnline.

Peter Lee, Patent Law and the Two Cultures, 120 Yale L. J. 2 (2010).  HeinOnline.

Mark A. Lemley et al., Life after Bilski, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 1315 (2011). HeinOnline. 

Peter S. Menell, Forty Years of Wondering in the Wilderness and No Closer to the Promised Land: Bilski's Superficial Textualism and the Missed Opportunity to Return Patent Law to Its Technology Mooring, 63 Stan. L. Rev. 1289 (2011). HeinOnline.

Michael J. Meurer & Craig Allen Nard, Invention, Refinement and Patent Claim Scope: A New Perspective on the Doctrine of Equivalents, 93 Geo. L.J. 1947, 2012 (2005). HeinOnline. 

Michael J. Meurer & Craig Allen Nard, Patent Policy Adrift in a Sea of Anecdote: A Reply to Lichtman, 93 Geo. L.J. 2033. (2005). HeinOnline. 

Stephen Pessagno, Prometheus and Bilski: Pushing the Bounds of Patentable Subject Matter in Medical Diagnostic Techniques with the Machine-or-Transformation Test, 36 Am. J.L. & Med. 619, 651 (2010). HeinOnline. 

Lee Petherbridge & R. Polk Wagner, The Federal Circuit and Patentability: An Empirical Assessment of the Law of Obviousness, 85 Tex. L. Rev. 2051 (2007). HeinOnline. 

Sannu K. Shrestha, Trolls or Market-Makers - An Empirical Analysis of Nonpracticing Entities, 110 Colum. L. Rev. 114 (2010). HeinOnline.


Patent Law Historical Articles

Christopher Beauchamp, The First Patent Litigation Explosion, 125 Yale L. J. 848 (2016).  HeinOnline.

Jeffrey I. D. Lewis; Maggie Wittlin, Entering the Innovation Twilight Zone: How Patent and Antitrust Law Must Work Together, 17 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 517, 574 (2015). HeinOnline.

Giulio Mandich, Venetian Patents (1450-1550), 30 J. Pat. Off. Soc'y 166, 224 (1948).  HeinOnline.

Andrew P. Morriss & Craig Allen Nard, Institutional Choice & Interest Groups in the Development of American Patent Law: 1790-1865, 19 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 143 (2011). HeinOnline. 

Craig Allen Nard, Legal Forms and the Common Law of Patents, 90 B.U. L. Rev. 51 (2010). HeinOnline. 

Craig Allen Nard & Andrew P. Morriss, Constitutionalizing Patents: From Venice to Philadelphia, 2 Rev. L & Econ. 223 (2006). HeinOnline.

Edward C. Walterscheid, Charting a Novel Course: The Creation of the Patent Act of 1790, 25 AIPLA Q. J. 445, 530 (1997). HeinOnline.

Edward C. Walterscheid, The Early Evolution of the United States Patent Law: Antecedents (Part 1), 76 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 697 (1994). HeinOnline.

Edward C. Walterscheid, The Early Evolution of the United States Patent Law: Antecedents (Part 2), 76 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 849 (1994). HeinOnline.

Edward C. Walterscheid, To Promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts: The Anatomy of a Congressional Power, 43 IDEA 1 (2003). HeinOnline.