The Resurgent Role of Legal History

in Modern Judicial Decisionmaking

Unit 11

Required Reading

Optional Reading

Class Objectives


Bilski v. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010) & hyperlinked historical sources


Edward C. Walterscheid, The Nature of the Intellectual Property Clause:  A Study in Historical Perspective (2002)



Can and should historical reasoning apply to the application of patent law to modern intellectual property?

Listen to oral arguments in Bilski v. Kappos

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