Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony:  Patent Litigation

Fall 2006 - Prof. Morris

SYLLABUS (TENTATIVE)
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Q. How long is class?
A. 2 hours, most weeks. The exceptions are:

3 HOUR SESSIONS
-- the last two weeks, when the simulations are
performed (11/29 and 12/06);
-- probably also the session with oral arguments on
summary judgment motions (tentatively scheduled for 11/15).

NO FORMAL CLASS, JUST CONFERENCES
In weeks 8, 10 and 12, instead of a class meeting, I
will meet with each team separately. These conferences may last
2 hours or more. One on one, or two on one, meetings may also
be scheduled as needed.

Q. Which meetings are for only law students or only grad students?
A. Law Students ONLY: Weeks 1-3, because the grad students'
quarter does not begin until week 4.
Grad Students ONLY: The first half hour (ONLY) of week 4,
and the whole session in week 6, because it is flyback week for
the law students.
Everyone, however, is invited to attend every session.

Q. Will the class meet straight through from 4:15 to 6:15 or 7:15?
A. No. We will have a short break every 55 minutes.

Q. Whom would Prof. Morris like to thank?
A. See below for acknowledgments.






Thanks to:
Deans Kramer and Kelman, for conceiving of the course,
bouncing ideas around, and, last but not least, making it happen.
Litigators Norm Beamer, Emily Evans, Ron Shulman, and Bob Morgan,
for transcripts and exhibits.
The various deans at the University of Michigan Law School,
and Prof. Rebecca Eisenberg, always a brilliant, wise and
gracious colleague, who gave me the chance to teach patent law
and various seminars at Michigan from 1991 to 2005.
My students at Michigan, for stimulating discussions,
insights, and challenges, and, after their graduation, for
continued correspondence to keep me at the cutting edge.
My friends at Fish & Neave 1986-1990, including especially
Al Fey who told me about the old cases, such as Barbed
Wire, Lyon v. Boh ("antlike persistency") and Tilghman v.
Proctor, and most importantly
Eric Woglom, who with Doug Gilbert's able assistance,
tried to teach me all of patent law in two afternoons in April 1986. I
still think in terms of my notes from those marathons.
-RJM