Volume 1, Issue 2
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
G. Ross Allen
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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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