Law, Technology & Arts
The Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA) delivers
education, research, and outreach on the law's role in promoting and regulating
innovation in technology and arts.
Both the UW and Seattle have well developed technology and arts communities that
already intersect in significant ways. Seattle is a destination city
for the creative class who often move seamlessly between technology and the arts.
The practicing bar is highly sophisticated with many firms specializing in emerging
growth tech companies across the spectrum of the life sciences, information technology,
and new media/digital arts. LTA is deeply connected to this community through its
directors, staff, and adjunct faculty.
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UW law students travel to London to argue licensing terms for standard essential patents before highly regarded international intellectual property judges
The Hon. Chief Judge Randall Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presided over a U.S. trial, Dr. Klaus Grabinski, Federal Supreme Court of Germany over a German trial, and the Honourable Mr. Justice Arnold, High Court of England and Wales over a UK trial. The Judges were then joined by Dr. Gabriella Muscolo, Rome IP Court and Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor, Queen Mary University of London for an international appeal. James Barker '14 who argued before the appeals court said, “All of the people were incredible - Judges, Faculty and Classmates. We got to argue a mock trial directly to the top IP judges in the world! I never expected that I'd get to do that as a student.”
The mock trials were a highlight for the students and their European partner school colleagues after a week of comparative law lectures and a license negotiation. Janice Goh '13 who argued against James said, "I can't think of a better way to learn international and comparative IP law than to be surrounded by faculty, students, attorneys, and judges from different countries. The curriculum allowed us to contextualize theory with practice through our participation in contract negotiation, mock trial, and appellate advocacy. Not to mention, I made a lot of good friends through the program."
The Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts (LTA Journal) has published its Winter 2013 Issue
The issue’s first article is *“What Your Tweet Doesn’t Say: Twitter, Non-Content Data, and the Stored Communications Act," written by 2012-2013 Associate Editor-in-Chief Daniel Shickich. This article discusses a recent federal district court decision which held Twitter users have no privacy rights regarding non-content information associated with their use of Twitter. The article examines the court's Stored Communications Act and Fourth Amendment analyses and discusses the impact of expanded warrantless disclosures of non-content electronic records.
Sean O'Connor to lecture in the Netherlands
Prof. O'Connor will speak at a conference titled, "IP Inputs and Outputs: The Web of Transactions in Developing and Commercializing Technology".
The Second IP Teaching and Research Workshop held at National Law University Delhi, Jan. 27 -29, 2013
The focus of this workshop, a collaboration between Microsoft and UW School of Law IP Faculty, was peer-to-peer collaboration and “training the trainers” role play exercises and stimulations of new teaching methods. Thirty five Indian scholars and representatives from UW Law participated in the Workshop, including: Professor Jane Winn and Director of the LTA group Scott David.
Prof. Jane Winn's article cited in California Supreme Court opinion
Professor Winn's article was cited in the case Apple v. Kresent, regarding merchants who accepted credit cards as payment in mail order and telephone order transactions
A message from
Dean Kellye Testy
LTA integrates and administers all of the UW School of Law's education, research,
and outreach in the areas of tech law, art law, and intellectual property. Our distinguished faculty Directors oversee a robust J.D. and LL.M. curriculum,
Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, the
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), an
established journal, an internationally renowned set
of annual conferences and a speaker series.
We hope you will join us as we build on the world class art and technology
communities centered at the UW and in Seattle to establish LTA as the hub of
dialogue on the intersection of law, technology, and arts. Innovation in the law is needed to ensure that
innovation in technology and arts is vibrantly promoted and properly regulated.
LTA's mission is to simultaneously consider both of these sides to the law's role
in creativity through outstanding teaching, research, and service.
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