The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts (LTA Journal) has published its Summer 2014 Issue. The LTA Journal publishes concise legal analysis aimed at practicing attorneys on a quarterly basis.
Former Articles Editor Misa K. Bretschneider wrote the first article, “The Evolving Landscape of TCPA Consent Standards and Ways to Minimize Risk.” The article examines recent trends in how the FCC and the courts are delineating the contours of consent for mobile text messaging under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and provides ways businesses can engage with mobile customers without running afoul of the TCPA.
Former Editor-in-Chief Evan Brown wrote the second article, “Fixed Perspectives: The Evolving Contours of the Fixation Requirement in Copyright Law.” The article contextualizes and explores the implications of recent judicial decisions addressing the Copyright Act’s fixation requirement as it applies to new or unusual media.
In the issue’s third article, “Discovering the Undiscoverable: Patent Eligibility of DNA and the Future of Biotechnical Patent Claims Post-Myriad,” Articles Editor Alex Boguniewicz examines the limits of the Supreme Court’s holding in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. He explores the avenues that potential patent seekers still have for making eligible patent claims on naturally occurring products and phenomena, as well as the processes for identifying such products and phenomena. The article highlights the areas where courts are likely to take a hard stance against patent eligibility and where opportunities still exist to claim a valid patent.
Elizabeth Atkins contributed the fourth article, “Spying on Americans: At What Point Does The NSA’s Collection and Searching of Metadata Violate The Fourth Amendment?” She argues that the current standard allowing the National Security Agency to collect and search metadata under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act should be changed from reasonable and articulable suspicion to a higher burden of probable cause.
See the full issue here.
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