Protecting the Next Small Thing: Nanotechnology and the Reverse Doctrine of Equivalents

By: Andrew Wasson If even a fraction of the predictions about nanotechnology are realized, our society will be a dramatically different and better place than it is today. Yet, due to the infancy of the field, it is still unclear how traditional patent doctrine will be applied to nanotechnology. As it stands, the creators of nanoscale versions of traditional products might face infringement claims from traditional patent holders. The reverse doctrine of equivalents serves as a possible mechanism to equitably excuse the literal infringement of traditional patents by nanotech inventors in a way that encourages the progress of science. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2004 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0010

Virtual Shareholder Meetings

By: Elizabeth Boros Electronic communication impacts how widely-held corporations conduct shareholder meetings. For example, technology has facilitated such options as electronic proxy voting, remote electronic voting, and “virtual meetings.” This iBrief examines the idea of “virtual meetings” and argues that they should not entirely replace physical meetings unless an electronic solution can be devised which replicates the face-to-face accountability of management to retail shareholders. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2004 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0008