February 23, 2017
One Small Step: the Impact of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 on the Exploration of Resources in Outer Space
The United States Congress recently passed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (“CSLCA”). Title IV of the Act ultimately recognized commercial property rights in resources extracted from extraterrestrial bodies. Consequently, the passage of such legislation has once again brought property rights in outer space to the forefront of legal discussion. Although some have said
P.J. Blount & Christian J. Robison, One Small Step: the Impact of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act of 2015 on the Exploration of Resources in Outer Space, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 160 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/BlountRobison_Final.pdf.
University Classroom Presentations As Prior Art Disclosures: Are Engineering Capstone Teams Unknowingly Giving Away The Fruits Of Their Labor?
Today’s universities and colleges offer a multitude of programs focused on innovation, product development, and entrepreneurship. Students and faculty members are encouraged to create products that can be commercialized. 2 Universities nurture innovation and entrepreneurship in order to foster economic growth and create jobs in their communities and regions. They see entrepreneurship as a new
Patricia E. Campbell, University Classroom Presentations As Prior Art Disclosures: Are Engineering Capstone Teams Unknowingly Giving Away The Fruits Of Their Labor?, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 187 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Campbell_Final.pdf.
Central Intelligence Agency Director, Leon Panetta, states in his Secretary of Defense confirmation testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee that, “he next Pearl Harbor that we confront could very well be a cyberattack that cripples America’s electrical grid and its security and financial systems.” Cyberattacks have become a daily threat to businesses, consumers, and all
Lawrence J. Trautman, Is Cyberattack the Next Pearl Harbor?, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 233 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Trautman_Final.pdf.
For years the world of software programming has been operating under the assumption that both the declaration code and the structure, sequence, and organization (SSO) of Java application program interfaces (APIs) were not copyrightable and were therefore free for all to use. However, when Oracle sued Google in 2014 for Google’s use of Java APIs
Tyler J. Demasky, Oracle v. Google: Setting a Standard or Handicapping an Industry?, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 1 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Demasky_Final.pdf.
Is This Going to Be on the Test? Reconciling the Four-Way Circuit Split over Handling Nominative Fair Use
Nominative fair use quietly allows the media to name sports teams, musical groups, and other trademarked sources in their reports, for the most part, without liability for infringement. Consumers rely on nominative fair use to make efficient purchasing decisions. It allows consumers to research and find third-party reviews directly naming and comparing brands. Without nominative
Christian Ferlan, Is This Going to Be on the Test? Reconciling the Four-Way Circuit Split over Handling Nominative Fair Use, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 33 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Ferlan_Final-.pdf.
Algorithmic Injustice: How the Wisconsin Supreme Court Failed to Protect Due Process Rights in State v. Loomis
Risk assessment algorithms are equations designed to take large amounts of information about an offender’s past criminal experience, as well as other biographical and psychological information, and use it to compute a score that ranks an offender at various risk levels. Depending on which body within the system is utilizing it, the score is then
Katherine Freeman, Algorithmic Injustice: How the Wisconsin Supreme Court Failed to Protect Due Process Rights in State v. Loomis, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 75 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Freeman_Final.pdf.
Cashing Out: How Big Pharma Continues to Capitalize on the Antitrust Loophole Created in FTC v. Actavis
The drug industry is one of the most lucrative in the United States. Drug manufacturers routinely find themselves thrust into patent infringement litigation against generic manufacturers who are motivated by high potential returns from the marketplace. In lieu of expensive and time-consuming litigation, brand and generic manufacturers will often enter into settlement agreements; however, these
Laura A. Gregory, Cashing Out: How Big Pharma Continues to Capitalize on the Antitrust Loophole Created in FTC v. Actavis, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 107 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Gregory_Final-.pdf.
A protracted case in the Ninth Circuit, Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., has pitted numerous stakeholders, including two national governments, against one another in a battle to define the meaning of “disposal” within the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). At issue were one hundred years of aerial emissions of heavy metals
Jordan Luebkemann, Trial to Perdition: the Ninth Circuit's "Emission" Omission Disposition, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 146 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Luebkemann_Final.pdf.
Requiring Mutual Assent in the 21st Century: How to Modify Wrap Contracts to Reflect Consumer’s Reality
“Mutual manifestation of assent . . . is the touchstone of contract.” The manifestation of mutual assent has evolved throughout history to accommodate mass commercialization and technological change. However, new problems have emerged with the rise of Internet contracting. Consumers, facing increasing numbers of inconspicuous and obtuse contract offers, are oblivious to many of the
Matt Meinel, Requiring Mutual Assent in the 21st Century: How to Modify Wrap Contracts to Reflect Consumer's Reality, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 180 (2016), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Meinel_Final.pdf.
Keynote, UNC JOLT 2016 Symposium We have heard all morning about legal issues with the Internet of Things; I want to begin with acknowledging the human aspects and human interests in Internet-enabled homes, which are more visceral and personal than IoT devices monitoring other interactions. I have worked in privacy for almost 20 years, and I passionately believe we need
Mary Ellen Callahan. Open House: Connected Homes and the Curtilage, 18 N.C.J.L. & Tech. 1 (2016), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Callahan_Final2.pdf.
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