Volume 20

How Neuroscience is Changing Our Understanding of Brain Injury, Vegetative States and the Law

The author examines clinical studies that use neuroscience technology to study patients in Vegetative States. The studies indicate that some of the patients are, in fact, conscious. The author suggests that this finding is a matter of considerable practical importance for the drafting and execution of end-of-life protocols such as Advance Directives and Living Wills.

La Crypto Nostra: How Organized Crime Thrives in the Era of Cryptocurrency

The advent of Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency has left a permanent mark on the world as we know it, regardless of what percentage of the populace will ever touch or comprehend cryptocurrency in its lifetime. Thanks to the advent of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency has given rise to expedited international exchanges, increased protection of

Parametric Payouts and Environmental Conservation: How a Tech-Based Insurance Policy Could Pave the Way for Economically Viable Conservation Efforts

This year, the state government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the Nature Conservancy, and the reinsurance company, Swiss Re, created the first parametric insurance policy to be taken out on a natural resource; the Mesoamerican Reef. This innovative policy creates a technology-based approach to establishing economically viable environmental conservation by assigning a quantitative value to a

From Arcades to Online: Updating Copyright to Accommodate Video Game Streaming

Author: Nicholas Robinson Cite: Nicholas Robinson, From Arcades to Online: Updating Copyright to Accommodate Video Game Streaming, 20 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 286 (2018), http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RobinsonFinal.pdf. PDF: http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RobinsonFinal.pdf Volume: Volume 20, Issue 2

Subject Matter Eligibility and Functional Claiming in Software Patents

Subject matter eligibility and functional claiming are considered separate doctrines in patent law. Conceptually, subject matter eligibility relates to the types of ideas that can be patented, whereas limits on functional claiming constrain how patentees can claim their inventions. In practice, however, patents that recite functional claims are also more likely to be invalidated for

Juries in U.S. Patent Cases: A Comparative Portrait of the Boundaries of Democracy

“It is clear that juries will necessarily differ in ‘competence,’ but it is at best incongruous to suggest that a society that sends its citizens routinely into space could never produce a jury competent to determine a case some judge might consider too ‘complex’ for people with ‘common experience’ to decide.” Author: M. Neil Browne,

Cybersecurity of Autonomous Systems in the Transportation Sector: An Examination of Regulatory and Private Law Approaches with Recommendations for Needed Reforms

The past twenty-five years gave rise to increasing levels of automation within the transportation sector. From initial subsystems, like vessel satellite tracking and automobile chassis control, automation continues apace. The future promises fully autonomous devices such as unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”) and self-driving cars (“UAV”). These autonomous and automatic systems and devices (“AASD”) provide safety,

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