Volume 1, Issue 2

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge

• Attain a Bar Association Leadership Role Quickly

• Intangible Business Assets: Value in Unregistered IP

• The Reasonable Expectation of Invasion

• Recent Legislative Proposals Aimed at the Perceived Problem of Gene Patents

• What’s next for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics?

COLLEAGUE CONNECTION

Learn about Section
member professional updates.

SECTION NEWS

• Call for Annual Meeting Program Proposals

• Election Protection Project

Join New SciTech Committees

• Student Volunteer Opportunities

• 2009 Student Writing Contest Details

• Subscribe for free to Law Student List Serve

• YLD Social Networking Survey Summary

 

Calendar/cle

Introduction to Adult and Embryonic Stem Cell Technology
CLE Teleconference
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Registration Details to Follow Soon at www.abanet.org/scitech

E-Commerce Payments
CLE Teleconference
Tuesday, January 27, 2008
Registration Details to Follow Soon at www.abanet.org/scitech

2009 ABA Mid Year Meeting
February 12-14, 2009
Boston, MA

24th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference
April 1-4, 2009
Washington, DC

ABA TECHSHOW
April 2-4, 2009
Chicago, IL

ABA TECHSHOW 2009 -- The World's Premier Legal Technology Conference and EXPO

BOOK STORE

 This book provides you with a legal and practical approach to the new world of digital information. It has been described as a must have  for litigation lawyers, corporate counsel and records managers who want to understand how to appropriately handle the digital information of an enterprise. Learn more.

The SciTech Lawyer

 The Section’s quarterly magazine features practical and timely articles on a diverse range of science and technology law issues. This issue focuses on the impact of bioinformatics.

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In This Issue

CHAIR'S WELCOME by RUTH HILL BRO

 

Spring Ahead
In this season when we (or our clocks) traditionally fall back, I encourage you to take this opportunity to spring ahead by joining a Section of Science & Technology Law committee.

The SciTech Section strives to bring value to all of its members, whether you are a lawyer, businessperson, student, technologist, or scientist.  Section committees provide members with direct access to this value, including customized information and resources to grow your practice or otherwise advance professionally.  From informative newsletters to innovative projects, and leading-edge webinars to members-only listserves, SciTech committees have much to offer.

The scope of emerging issues covered by our committees is breathtaking, with topics as diverse as privacy and information management, blogs and user-generated content, virtual worlds, online identity management, Wi-Fi, VoIP, information security, e-commerce, cybercrime, cryptography, scientific evidence, RFID, nanotechnology, genetic and medical research, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence and robotics.  The Section is always on the lookout for the next big thing, and that translates into new committees, such as the Cleantech and Climate Change Committee and the eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Committee, which the Section launched in August of 2008.
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Practice Edge

Attain a Bar Association Leadership Role Quickly

Working on a bar association committee or project is a good way to get leadership experience quickly.  The reason is simple: because of the number and variety of bar associations (the ABA, state, city/county, area-of-practice, group affiliations, etc.) and the number and variety of sections and committees within each, leadership opportunities are numerous.

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Intangible Business Assets: Value in Unregistered IP

Intellectual Property (“IP”) is a broad concept that goes beyond patents and the technical sciences. IP rights and the legal remedies that protect them are of great value to the IP owner.

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The Reasonable Expectation of Invasion

With endless advancements in technology the law must adapt to new possibilities made available by innovation, and we must be able to recognize when a re-evaluation of standards is necessary.  This is especially true in the protection of individual privacy rights. 

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Recent Legislative Proposals Aimed at the Perceived Problem of Gene Patents

Although genes in their native state (e.g., as they exist in the human body) are considered products of nature and thus unpatentable, the term “gene patent” is widely used to describe a host of issued patents claiming products or processes that are the result of human invention and that involve a genetic polynucleotide or genetic sequence information.

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What’s next for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics?

If the law provides a means of defining relationships between people... If a robot or a software program can emulate a human, is there a point at which the law does or should recognize it as a distinct entity?
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COLLEAGUE CONNECTION

G. Ross Allen
Nishat Hasan

Steve Wu

Please click here to complete the on-line form to inform Section members about a change of employer, position or office.

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Section News

Call for Annual Meeting Program Proposals
ABA 2009 Annual Meeting General Session proposals are due by Friday, October 24, 2008. Section Program Proposals are due by Monday, January 5, 2009. Access form here.


Election Protection Project

SciTech partners with the Election Protection Project to help ensure that the right to vote is not infringed on in the November 2008 election. Volunteers are invited to sign up today.
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Join New SciTech Committees
The Section is pleased to announce two new committees: E-Discovery and Digital Evidence and Cleantech and Climate Change. Join these new committees today for free or any other Section committees.
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Student Volunteer Opportunities

The Section's Technical Standardization Committee seeks two new student representatives. Section Chair-Elect Christine Grant also seeks two students to work on a life sciences and physical sciences database project.
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2009 Student Writing Contest Details

The contest is designed to encourage law students to write on subjects related to science and technology law and encourage a cutting edge view or innovative take on the topic.  More information to follow on Section website.
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Subscribe for free to Law Student List Serve

Network for free with other law students interested in the science and technology practice area. Subscribe to the Law Student List Serve today for free.
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YLD Social Networking Survey Summary

The ABA Section of Science & Technology Law co-sponsored a Social Networking Survey with the ABA Young Lawyers Division. The goal of the survey was to gain an understanding of lawyer social networking preferences, so the ABA can best serve the legal community through this medium.
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