These lectures were prepared and presented by William Fisher, Ruth Okediji, William Lee, and Eric Lander. Each is available in two formats. The Vimeo version is likely to be most convenient for a user who wishes to stream the lecture or whose computer has limited storage capacity. By contrast, a user who has limited bandwidth or who wishes to retain a permanent copy of a lecture may wish instead to download the mp4 version (typically by “right clicking” on the relevant link) and then play it from his or her computer.

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1. Patent Fundamentals (Fisher)

2. The International Patent System (Okediji)

3. Patent Policy (Fisher and Lander)

4. Patentable Subject Matter (Fisher)

5. Utility and Disclosure (Fisher)

6. Newness (Fisher)

7. Patent Scope (Fisher)

8. Infringement (Fisher)

9. Remedies (Fisher)

10. Patent Litigation (Lee)

11. Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge (Okediji)

12. The Global Health Crisis (Fisher)

  • Part A: Diseases and Pandemics
  • Part B: The Merits and Demerits of the Patent System

Optional Additional Lectures

Patent Systems for Developing Countries (Okediji)

Lecture Notes:

last revised: January 17, 2020