Visiting Professor Landers Authors Patent Law Casebook

by Marty Stolz

Understanding Patent Law 2008 (LexisNexis), by Visiting Professor Amy L. Landers, has been released.

As part of the “Understanding” series of treatises from LexisNexis, this patent law casebook presents up-to-date coverage of all major patent law topics; overviews and examples to illustrate the application of abstract and complex doctrines; summaries of major cases, and discussions of the public policy and historical underpinnings of the primary patent law doctrines.

Landers is visiting the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for the 2008-09 academic year, from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where she is an Associate Professor.

“Many who teach intellectual property courses find the field exciting, dynamic and important,” Landers says. “There are excellent casebooks, resources, and tools to assist us in introducing students to this subject matter. Notwithstanding these achievements, it is difficult to overstate the complexity that patent law presents to those engaging with the subject matter for the first time.”

For example, not only is patent law highly technical, but many decisions rely on unstated doctrines, and the terminology is unique.

“I drafted Understanding Patent Law with many of these concerns in mind,” she says. “The work exposes those learning the field to the structure of patent law doctrines, as well as salient history and policy considerations that shape their origins.”

Landers is teaching torts, patent law, and intellectual property at the College of Law.