March 5, 2015
Volume 14, Online Edition
Virtual K–12 education, roughly defined as electronically-mediated teaching and learning for children, has expanded dramatically in the past decade. In December 2012, the Federal Trade Commission approved its first amendments to its original Rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. These changes aim to strengthen the regulation over website operators and application developers to
David R. Hostetler & Seiko F. Okada, Recent Development, Virtual Solutions of the Amended Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 167 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Hostetler-Okada_Final.pdf.
Attorneys’ fees and sanctions awarded by trial courts in exceptional patent cases are routinely assessed in millions of dollars. The Federal Circuit is the sole appellate authority in patent cases and thus has the responsibility of reviewing these high-stakes determinations. In Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Systems, Inc., a 2-1 majority fundamentally shifted the
Kenneth Jennings, Recent Development, The Highmark Fracture, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 301 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Jennings_Final.pdf.
In 2011, the prominent women’s shoe designer Christian Louboutin took fashion competitor Yves Saint Laurent to court to protect a trademark of Louboutin’s red-lacquered shoe sole design. To the industry’s surprise, the district court ruled that an entity in the fashion industry could never trademark a single-color feature because the use of a single color
Kaitlin Powers, Recent Development, Saving Soles: The Limited Practical Application of Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 335 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Powers_Final.pdf.
Stealing Glances: Electronic Communications Privacy and the Necessity for New Legislation in the Digital Age
Electronic communication technology has seamlessly woven itself into the fabric of individuals’ daily lives. Technology’s rapid evolution and continuous advancement has made it possible for more people to enjoy access to devices that facilitate electronic communications. Technology’s progression, however, is starkly contrasted against the law’s inability to keep pace. Garcia v. City of Laredo highlights
Laura Arredondo-Santisteban, Recent Development, Stealing Glances: Electronic Communications Privacy and the Necessity for New Legislation in the Digital Age, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 205 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Arredondo_Final.pdf.
Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Will Sherley v. Sebelius Expand the Definition of the Disabled Individual?
The D.C. Circuit decided Sherley v. Sebelius in favor of the National Institute of Health by holding that federal funding can be applied to human embryonic stem cell research. This decision will allow scientists to make strides in research, and it could allow for scientists to quickly characterize genetic abnormalities that predispose humans to develop
Tasneem Dharamsi, Recent Development, Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Will Sherley v. Sebelius Expand the Definition of the Disabled Individual?, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 239 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Dharamsi_Final.pdf.
Motivating the Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art: Eli Lilly and Co. et al. v. Teva Parenteral Med., Inc. and The Federal Circuit’s Interpretation of the “Teaching, Suggestion, Or Motivation” Test in Obviousness-Type Double Patenting
Intellectual property law dictates that there can only be one patent per invention, and this patent can only remain in effect for a limited time. However, patent holders sometimes try to avoid this restriction by patenting a similar invention to the previously claimed art under the guise of being a new invention. In the pharmaceutical
Lev D. Gabrilovich, Recent Development, Motivating the Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art: Eli Lilly and Co. et al. v. Teva Parenteral Med., Inc. and The Federal Circuit's Interpretation of the “Teaching, Suggestion, Or Motivation” Test in Obviousness-Type Double Patenting, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 271 (2013), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Gabrilovich_Final.pdf.
In 2010, Congress enacted the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act requiring video program owners to provide closed captioning for television programming streamed online. Although broad, these regulations do not apply to all video content streamed through online distributors, leaving the deaf and hearing-impaired without full accessibility to online programming. The Massachusetts District Court
Virginia Wooten, Recent Development, Online Streaming Under National Association for the Deaf v. Netflix, Inc. and the CVAA, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 135 (2012), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fall_Wooten_Final.pdf.
What Now? The Future of EPA Transport Programs Following Vacatur of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Transport programs provide a means for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate states’ emissions that endanger human health in neighboring areas. The Clean Air Interstate Rule and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule are transport programs implemented under the authority of the good neighbor provision. However, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Carla M. Gray, Recent Development, What Now? The Future of EPA Transport Programs Following Vacatur of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 103 (2012), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fall_Gray_Final.pdf.
Many patent cases turn on the meaning of terms in the patent claims. Although the standards for interpreting claims are somewhat fluid, there is a need for some degree of rigidity so inventors can protect their inventions. This Recent Development examines how the court in InterDigital Communications, LLC v. International Trade Commission applied various doctrines
Neil Barnes, Recent Development, Interdigital v. International Trade Commission, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 69 (2012), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fall_Barnes_Final.pdf.
Following months of polarized debates, the North Carolina legislature has legalized hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling through the enactment of the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act. Public discourse has primarily tracked concerns over energy security, environmental protection, and public health. What the dialogue has failed to adequately consider is the extent to which private
Holly Bannerman, Recent Development, The Gap Left by the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act in NC, 14 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 35 (2012), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Fall_Bannerman_Final.pdf.
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