March 28, 2017
Volume 15, Issue 2
This Article explores whether abstract ideas can and should be patentable. Historically, the patent system’s scope has been restricted to protecting tangible products or processes as opposed to abstract ideas. Ongoing advances in information technologies, however, have blurred the boundaries of the traditional doctrine, and many recently issued patents appear to protect abstractions. A recent
Miriam Bitton, Patenting Abstractions, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 153 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bitton_Final.pdf.
Patent cases at the district court level are one of the most complex, time-consuming, and contentious forms of civil litigation. As an alternative to the conventional, two-sided adversarial process, this Article proposes a structural change to the manner of conducting patent litigation in the district courts: the addition of a neutral litigant who, as the
Jeremy W. Bock, Neutral Litigants in Patent Cases, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 233 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bock_Final.pdf.
The products of synthetic biology may improve medicine, national security, environmental protection, and the economy, but under-regulated development could catastrophically compromise these endeavors. Considering the dangers exhibited by existing microorganisms and public access to tools of synthetic biology construction, the field’s untested novelty implicates human health and safety. Further, social justice concerns are raised by
Brendan Parent, Reproduction-Powered Industry: Coordinating Agency Regulations for Synthetic Biology, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 307 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Parent_Final.pdf.
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