Volume 1, Issue 1

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge


•Claiming Pitfalls in Bioinformatics Patent Applications

•E-Tech Update

• Judicial Neuroscience Seminar

• SciTech Standards Law Update


Learn about Section
member professional updates.


• Bylaws Revised
• Nominating Committee Report
•Register Today for ABA Annual Meeting
• United Nations E-Contracting Convention



Why Virtual Worlds Matter for Lawyers
Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
Tuesday, June 24th, at 1pm EST

ABA Annual Meeting
New York City
August 7-12, 2008

Book Store

 If you are one of the many who have read about and heard about virtual worlds but do not really understand what a virtual world is, or even how to use appropriate terminology when discussing them, then this is the book for you. 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.

Contact Us

The SciTech e-Merging News is published quarterly as a Section member benefit. Click here to join the Section. The material published reflects the views of the authors and has not been approved by the Section of Science & Technology Law, the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the ABA. © 2008 American Bar Association. All rights reserved.

In This Issue

CHAIR'S WELCOME by Gilbert F. Whitemore


Welcome to the Section of Science & Technology Law’s new quarterly electronic newsletter! This contains the most up-to-date substantive practice perspectives and news on Section activities and opportunities.  All SciTech members are welcome to submit articles for future issues.  Click here to learn more.

On behalf of the Section, congratulations to all of the students who completed their spring semester, and best wishes as you either continue your studies or embark on your legal career!  The Section will be a useful resource for you as it continues to lead the profession into the often uncharted intersections of law, science and technology.  For example, two recent Section publications are Science for Lawyers and Virtual Law Navigating the Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds .

The Section also embraces cutting edge topics in its programs, such as virtual worlds.   The Section will sponsor the innovative The Why Virtual Worlds Matter for Lawyers program on Tuesday, June 24th at 1pm EST. 


Practice Edge


The Biotechnology Law Committee's weekly update publishes a roundup of hyperlinks to current legal, business, regulatory, and scientific developments in the industry.


Claiming Pitfalls in Bioinformatics Patent Applications

Analysis by category patent data from the USPTO shows that the number of patents issued for bioinformatics-related subclasses is relatively low. One explanation offered for this decline is "the relative difficulty of patenting bioinformatics innovations." This article provides practical suggestions to overcome this difficulty and thus to obtain meaningful IP protection for inventions in bioinformatics.


E-Tech Update

In this quarterly column, find coverage of Internet jurisdiction, IEE standards, RIAA lawsuits, and FISA and FOIA.


Judicial Neuroscience Seminar
Judges increasingly are confronted with cases – criminal and civil – that present issues at the frontiers of science and technology.

SciTech Standards Law Update

The Technical Standardization Committee's quarterly newsletter highlights relevant updates, news items and developments.


Please click here to complete the on-line form to inform Section members about a change of employer, position or office. Section members may also share information about professional association appointments or leadership activity on boards. These colleague updates will be shared on a quarterly basis through the SciTech e-Merging News. The Section looks forward to keeping members connected through this communication.


Section News

Bylaws Revised

The ABA Board of Governors recently approved the Section's request to amended our bylaws in two ways.


Nominating Committee Report
The 2008-2009 Nominating Committee, chaired by Ruth Hill Bro, is pleased to announce the nominees for Section Officer and Council Positions for the 2008-2009 bar year.

Register Today for ABA Annual Meeting
The Section is pleased to invite you to all of the spectacular programs and events we have planned.

United Nations E-Contracting Convention
The Section Council voted to send a report with recommendation to the ABA House of Delegates urging the U.S. Government to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. 


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