The U.S. Supreme Court has decided an increasing number of intellectual property (IP) cases—especially patent cases—over the last several terms. Which prior cases influence the stated reasoning in these recent Supreme Court IP cases? A handful of citation studies of supreme courts in the United States, both state and federal, conducted over the last forty […]
Volume 21, Issue 2 - Fall 2017
Daniel E. Orr
Determining which patents are valuable can seem a lot like picking winning lottery numbers. There were, as of 2014, approximately 2.5 million U.S. patents in force. The number of new patent applications has risen steadily to more than 411,728 each year, and if the current trend continues, about 70 percent of those applications will become […]
Kurt M. Saunders & Michelle Evans
Trade secret theft in the United States is a serious problem, and criminal penalties exist for this misconduct in both federal and state statutes. For twenty years, the literature in this area has focused almost entirely on the federal statute, the Economic Espionage Act. However, federal prosecutors have shown little interest in bringing charges under […]
Henry H. Perritt, Jr.
In his 1942 short story, “Runaround,” Isaac Asimov set forth three “laws” for robots: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A […]