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PHM 851 - Intellectual Property & Patent Law for Researchers*


Fundamentals of intellectual property and patent law encountered by biomedical scientists, including issues of prevention, patent prosecution, and enforcement of patents in a litigation setting.

Recommended Background

Strong reading and writing skills helpful. An undergraduate degree in the life sciences may also be helpful.

Recommended Textbooks

No textbooks required; electronic materials utilized.


Not open to Law students.


David Fazzolare, JD, MS David earned his JD from J. Reuben Clark Law School, clerked as a Patent Agent for Myriad Genetics, Inc., and holds a BS in Pharmacology from SUNY@StonyBrook and an MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. He is a registered patent attorney who serves as in-house patent counsel at Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions. 

  • Introduction to copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets
  • Emerging trends and recent developments in biopharmaceutical patent law
  • Research collaborations, technology transfer and university spinoffs
  • Strategies for maximizing biopharmaceutical product life cycles
  • Brand and generic drug patent battles under the Hatch-Waxman Act
  • Research and clinical exemptions to patent infringement
  • International patenting
  • Resolution of patent conflicts under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act


Online Fall
Odd-numbered years





Sections available

  • MS/Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • MS/Integrative Pharmacology

Sections available

  • 730 MSU graduate students
  • 731 Lifelong (In-state)
  • 732 Lifelong (Out-state)