Environmental Agriculture and Biotechnology Patent Law
About this Course
As our society continues to develop greener ways of living and doing business, "green" technologies have become increasingly important. In addition, we are becoming more efficient in other ways, including, agricultural methods and health care treatments. This course provides students the opportunity to learn how intellectual property law operates to help support the development and protection of new technologies that impact our environment and the way we live. The course will address several themes, including the relevant Administrative Agencies (USDA, FDA, EPA, USPTO), background information about U.S. patent law, environmental "green" innovations and protection, agricultural innovations and protection, biotechnology and protection, and a comparative analysis of protection for these areas. The course work will involve three short papers, one collaborative presentation, and a take home exam.