Revitalizing the Patent System to Incentivize Pharmaceutical Innovation: The Potential of Claims with Means-Plus-Function Clauses

Wanli (Lily) Tang

Traditionally, the United States patent system has been considered successful in promoting innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. In the past few years, however, loss of patent protection has caused sales revenue for innovative firms to plummet. Many firms have heavily cut their investments in research and development (R&D) for new… Read More »


Catherine W. Kimel

Pursuant to federal statutes and to laws in all fifty states, the United States government has assembled the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), a database containing DNA profiles of over eleven million citizens. Without judicial authorization, the government searches these profiles one hundred thousand times every day, seeking to link… Read More »


Tatiana E. Sainati

The annihilation of more than 1.5 million Cambodians at the hands of the Khmer Rouge is widely considered a quintessential case of genocide. Whether these atrocities meet the definition of genocide as a legal matter, however, remains unsettled. As of October 2012, the question of whether genocide occurred in Cambodia… Read More »

When Money Grew on Trees: Lucy v. Zehmer and Contracting in a Boom Market

Barak Richman & Dennis Schmelzer

As generations of law students have learned, Lucy v. Zehmer is a tale of two “doggoned drunks” drinking liquor and bantering over the sale of a farm the weekend before Christmas in 1952. Adrian Hardy Zehmer, allegedly drunk and joking, scribbled a contract for the sale of his farm on… Read More »

  • 15 February 2012

Truth, Lies, and Stolen Valor: A Case for Protecting False Statements of Fact Under the First Amendment

Julia Wood

Recent high-profile prosecutions under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 (the Act) have raised important questions about the First Amendment’s protection of false speech. The Act makes it a crime for an individual to “falsely represent[] himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or… Read More »

Case Management in the Circuit Courts

Marin K. Levy - Duke University School of Law

Twenty-five years ago, then-Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit wrote, “[T]he way that courts operate has a significant, possibly even dominant, influence on the quality of justice that can be obtained from them.” Yet despite the apparent importance of how courts manage their workload—for… Read More »

Coming off the Bench: Legal and Policy Implications of Proposals To Allow Retired Justices To Sit By Designation on the Supreme Court

Lisa McElroy & Michael C. Dorf

In her first term as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Elena Kagan recused herself from roughly one-third of the cases on the Court’s docket. Although Justices do not typically divulge their grounds for recusing, the reason for all of these recusals was obvious: Kagan… Read More »

Promoting Progress with Fair Use

Joshua Mitchell

Intellectual property (IP) law in the United States is off course and headed onto the shoals of ever-increasing protectionism. Copyright law, in particular, has come uncoupled from its constitutionally defined purpose. A tightly circumscribed right intended to incentivize creativity and the spread of knowledge has instead become an ever-expanding monopoly… Read More »

Unbundling Risk

Lee Anne Fennell - University of Chicago Law School

Lee Anne Fennell
When individuals and households select products, services, or endeavors, they are usually making a bundled choice that comes with a certain level of risk exposure or insurance protection built in. Buying a house? You’re also buying a hefty dose of local housing market risk, for better or… Read More »

Mohammed Jawad and the Military Commissions of Guantánamo

David J. R. Frakt Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University

During the last presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama pledged to close the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and suggested that he would end the use of military commissions and rely exclusively on federal courts to prosecute suspected terrorists. Upon assuming office, he revised his approach and announced a bifurcated… Read More »

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