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Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony: Patent Litigation
Course Number: 343-0-01 Morris 3 Units
This seminar will explore the use of scientific evidence in cases where the science is complicated but not itself in dispute. The major emphasis will be on patent infringement litigation. The parties' experts have two different tasks: the obvious one is to explain the science to the judge and jury, the less obvious one is to help the litigators determine which legal issues to argue at all. Thus both the lawyer and the scientist must educate the other about their specialties. Eight law students and eight science or engineering graduate students will work in four teams of four: an expert and a litigator for plaintiff, an expert and a litigator for defendant. The teams will prepare simulations involving expert testimony, both direct and rebuttal, and related documents.
Meeting Times:
W 16:15-19:15 283
Calendar: Unusual Calendar
Enrollment: Consent - Max Enrollment 16
Grading system: Off mean
Elements used in grading: Weekly written (email) assignments, simulation, written critiques of colleagues' work, class participation
Type of exam: None
Specific graduation requirements met: Professional Skills,Writing
Special instructions, rules or deadlines: Enrollment by consent. Consent application is available in the Registrar's Office, room 100.

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