Volume Six Abstracts

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The Challenges of Law in Cyberspace - Fostering the Growth and Safety of E-Commerce
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 1

Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson

The phenomenal growth of the Internet and the resulting proliferation of online commercial activity has created a marketplace that is fundamentally different from traditional ones. Commissioner Thompson addresses the challenges of bolstering consumer confidence in e-commerce while allowing online merchants to continue to enjoy the benefits of an online marketplace. Commissioner Thompson offers expertise both as a Federal Trade Commissioner and as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development ("OECD").

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Technology Law Symposium: Biotech Materials and Medical Devices in the New Millennium

Advances in Biomaterials and Devices, and Their Financing
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 2

Prof. Joyce Wong, Dr. Martin Yarmush, Rufus King, Joshua Tolkoff

Panelists discuss advances in the world of biomaterials and biomedical devices, providing insights from the perspectives of both researchers and investors. The panelists offer expertise from technical and legal fields to address legal issues surrounding these emerging technologies.

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Patent Rights and Licensing
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 3

Prof. Michael Meurer, Thomas Meyers

Participants discuss recent issues surrounding patent law and its interplay with the various research arenas in the biotech field. The panel encompasses practical, legal, technical, financial, and policy considerations surrounding patent law.

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Criteria for Health Insurance Coverage
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 4

Dr. Hugh Hill

The biotech area is a rapidly evolving area with new advances emerging with increasing frequency. However, commercial success inevitably plays a role in what technologies and materials enter the market. In this way, health care coverage plays a crucial role in the development of new technologies. Dr. Hill discusses the process by which new techniques and materials gain health insurance coverage.

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Regulatory and Liability Considerations
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 5

Ellen Flannery, Patricia Davis, Prof. Gary Marchant

Manufacturers of biomaterials and biomedical devices face numerous hurdles in advancing their products to the market, regulatory ones among them. The regulatory obstacles can be complex, with potential liability further complicating the process. Panelists discuss regulatory and liability issues as they pertain to various players in the biotech industry.

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Computer Crimes and the Respondeat Superior Doctrine: Employers Beware!
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 6

Mark Ishman

The phenomenal growth of computer use and the Internet have produced significant social and economic benefits. However, with the increased benefits also come increased risks. This article discusses employers' potential liability when their computer networks are used for non-commercial or even unlawful purposes.

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Breaking Through the Looking Glass: An Analysis of Trademark Rights in Domain Names Across Top Level Domains
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 7

Kevin K. Eng

The recent explosion in domain name registration has created an environment ripe for the extortive activities of cybersquatters who deal in pirated domain names. This Note analyzes the trademark significance of domain names and the application of trademark law to domain name disputes, which arise not only between cybersquatters and legitimate trademark owners, but also between legitimate trademark owners.

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Electronic Self-Help Software Repossession: A Proposal to Protect Small Software Development Companies
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 8

Timothy P. Heaton

Self-help software repossession is authorized under the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act ("UCITA"), formerly proposed Article 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code. This Note advances several justifications for the use of self-help repossession by relatively weak software licensors and compares the UCITA to the UCC and other laws that protect parties with inferior bargaining power.

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Inevitable Disclosure Where No Non-Competition Agreement Exists: Additional Guidance Needed
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 9

Matthew K. Miller

In an age increasingly dependent on high technology, the use of trade secrets to protect intellectual property has come to the fore. This Note analyzes the current state of trade secret law and the effects that the doctrine of inevitable disclosure can have on high-tech industry.

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Resolving the Legal Issues Concerning the use of Information Warfare in the International Forum: The Reach of the Existing Legal Framework, and the Creation of a New Paradigm
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 10

Michael J. Robbat

In a technological age, information is not only a commodity and tool, but also an effective and efficient weapon. This Note discusses the methods in which Information Warfare ("IW") can be developed and used at low cost and the ways in which IW fits into a legal framework under international law.

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Cybersquatting: Blackmail on the Information Superhighway
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 11

John D. Mercer

The typical tool for combating cybersquatting has been trademark law, under the doctrines of infringement and/or dilution. This Note observes that trademark law is perhaps an ill-suited tool for this purpose, and proposes to treat cybersquatting as a form of blackmail, analyzing cybersquatting under economic and academic blackmail theory.

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Legal Updates

Is it a Tie-In or an Integration? U.S. v. Microsoft Weighs In
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 12

New Cybersquatting Law Brings Mixed Reactions from Trademark Owners
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 13

Congress Gives Satellite Viewers Local Station Option
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 14

Cracking the Department of Commerce's Encryption Export Regulations
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 15

A New Law Creates a Patent Infringement Defense and Restructures the Patent and Trademark Office
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 16

Broadband Internet Access: AT&T's Fight to Keep its Cable Wires "Closed"
6 B.U. J. SCI. & TECH. L. 17

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