Fall 2005 - Spring 2006
Editor:  David Baumer, North Carolina State University

Volume 4, Number 1

The Editor's Byte…

Welcome to the ALSB Technology Report Newsletter!   The Technology Report is the newsletter of the Technology Section of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business  (http://www.alsb.org/) This is fourth issue of The Technology Report

When I was appointed as Editor of The Technology Report I did not see a need to institute major change from the format used by the previous editor, Professor Joe Zavaletta, of University of Texas at Brownsville.  In my view recent technological change has had a profound impact on both pedagogy and legal research.  Therefore, I retained the “C Drive” portion of this issue, which will feature an article that focuses on high-tech, classroom issues. This year I solicited appropriate articles from the entire ALSB membership for the "C Drive", but did not receive any submissions. Since no one submitted an article for the "C Drive" portion of The Technology Report, I adapted an article I coauthored, along with Professors Julie Earp and J.C. Poindexter.  In the article hyperlinked below, we discuss use of experimental economics in the classroom. I am also discussing this topic (use of experimental economics in the classroom) at the ALSB Teaching Seminar on August 3 at 9:30.   I know that many of you do use technology in an innovative way in the classroom. In the past, we have considered either of the following as suitable for the "C Drive":

1.       An innovative discussion of how to teach a              high-technology topic, or

2.       An innovative analysis of how to use high-technology or multimedia as a teaching aid. 

Of course, you could do both, as technological topics often lend themselves to classroom examinations using high-tech methods and equipment. For the next issue of The Technology Report, I very much hope that I do not have to recycle one of my articles for the "C Drive."

I have also decided to "Beyond the Ivory Tower", a column exposes us to non-academic writers who write about tech law issues. In this issue, I am pleased to present an article by Robert N. Crouse a partner in the law firm of Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec of Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Crouse examines some legal challenges that nanotechnology may present for our system of IP law.

If you have technology-related questions or short ideas that you would like discussed among Technology Section members, I encourage you to post them on Cyberlawtalk. If you have any questions about subscribing to or posting comments on Cyberlawtalk, please e-mail me.

David Baumer, Editor

Tech Section Business

The ALSB Technology Section held its annual meeting at our national conference in Ottawa, Canada, during the Summer of 2004. For minutes from that meeting, please refer to our Web page which can now be found on the ALSB Web page (http://www.alsb.org/) or directly at techsection.alsb.mercer.edu. Thanks to Jody Blanke for serving as Secretary & Webmaster. Thanks to Kurt Saunders for serving as Chair of the Section this year. As most of you know, technology and technology law are the themes of the 2005 Conference in San Francisco. Please come to the 2005 Conference with an open mind and willingness to assist. We need your creativity and elbow grease for "nuts and bolts" tasks.

Beyond the Ivory Tower…  

NanoFabrication: Implications For The Viability of Intellectual Property Protection 
(c) 2005 Robert N. Crouse, Esp., Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. Used by Permission.  

Article Summary:
Nanofabrication is a manufacturing application of nanotechnology that can be distributed cheaply to many recipients at relatively modest prices. The author questions whether nanofabrication users will continue to pay royalties when there is a large and apparent gap between the price of products produced through patented nanofabrication and the cost of reproduction. Also Mr. Crouse notes that business method patents such as Amazon's "one-click" patent share characteristics with nanofabrication   

Reforming The Patent System: Two Proposals 
(c) 2005. Kurt M. Saunders, Associate Professor of Business Law at California State University at Northridge. All rights reserved.   

Article Summary: Professor Saunders discusses the importance of two recent reports by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which make recommendations about patent law to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The FTC recommendations focus on maintaining healthy competition while the NAS report is more science oriented.

From the C Drive - Classroom Tips, Innovations and Techniques...

Summer, 2005
Student Participation in Experimental Economics (Acrobat file)   
(C) David L. Baumer, J.C. Poindexter, and Julie B. Earp
View PowerPoint Presentation (HTML format) 

Tech Report Submission Guidelines...

1.  There are no page recommendations or restrictions.

2. Please indicate in your cover letter or e-mail whether you want your article in the Research and Development section or the From the C Drive section.

3. You may submit electronically by sending an e-mail and attaching MS Word file. Files using MS Word are strongly preferred but files using Word Perfect will be accepted. E-mail should be sent to David Baumer at:

4.  Article format should be as follows: 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced, indented paragraphs, endnotes in 10 point Times New Roman. Since the articles will be converted to PDF format, web addresses (NOT hyperlinks) must be included in the body of the text.

5. You may submit via surface mail by mailing your submission to: 

Professor David L. Baumer
North Carolina State University
College of Management
Box 7229
Raleigh, NC 27695-7229

6.   Citations should conform to the 17th Edition of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation.

7.   Either endnotes or footnotes can be used for submissions.

8.   The accuracy of all citations and the legality of links or other references is the responsibility of the author.


By Robert D. Sprague, JD, MBA
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