Volume 21, Issue 2 Articles

Cloud Computing Technology: Providing a Safer Way for Businesses to Protect Trade Secrets under the Defend Trade Secrets Act

By Heather Bowen

In this technological era, legal and business analysis is heavily
focuses on the future and protecting interests that are traditionally revered by law. Some forms of technology are more prevalent than others, such as mediated communication, which includes email, text messaging, instant messaging, social networking, blogs, and video conferencing platforms (Skype, Oovoo, and FaceTime). Cloud computing is another example of mediated communication technology and is the prime focus of this paper. Today, society is extremely reliant on mobile phones and computers to retain and disseminate information to others for both personal and business purposes. This is an important fact because cloud computing technology is accessible from phones and computers. Well-respected scholars agree that technology has a strong, rather unfounded agency over individuals.

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Blockchain in Heathcare Data

By Devon S. Connor-Green

Despite having the most expensive healthcare system, the United
States ranks last among eleven industrialized countries for health
system quality, efficiency, access to care, equity, and healthy lifestyles.’ Part of the reason that the United States ranks last can be attributed to the low marks on the time and dollars spent dealing with insurance administration, the lack of communication among healthcare providers, and duplicative medical testing. This ranking is dragged down substantially by inefficiencies in our healthcare system. Despite the current state of the healthcare system, new technologies are emerging that have the potential to shift current power structures and redistribute control of personal data back to individuals.

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The Law Has Perpetuated Gender Inequality in the Technology Field

By Lena Ghamrawi

Women have historically been excluded from almost all aspects of
public life.1 The separate spheres ideology 2 that dominated the public view of women’s roles was reinforced when the Supreme Court issued Bradwell v. Illinois in 1873.1 The Supreme Court ultimately expressed that women could not enter the legal profession because their primary duty was to be an obedient wife. This pervasive sentiment continued to dominate American culture until women began to utilize the court system in the 1970’s to demand a change in the status quo. Now nearly
forty-five years later, women are still fighting for inclusion in the
workplace in a plethora of areas, including the technology field. 6
Women currently only comprise 30 percent (30%) of the technology work force, as compared to the 59 percent (59%) of the U.S. labor force, and 51 percent (51%) of the U.S. population. Are there cultural, biological, or even legal explanations that account for this disparity?

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The Future of Drones Is the Railroad

By Jonathan Kathrein

In July 2016, 7-Eleven completed the first retail drone delivery in
the United States.3 In December 2016, Amazon Prime Air, Amazon’s drone delivery service, completed its first delivery in England. Now, Amazon is planning airborne warehouses. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, private property rights, state property laws, and local ordinances are a few of the hurdles these operators will have to overcome before they can
provide a drone delivery service. At the federal level, drone travel at high altitudes is currently restricted by the FAA. At the state level, travel at low altitudes over private property requires agreements from a patchwork of property owners.

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The Appeals of Patent Mediation: Are Incentives to Mediate Patent Disputes Reduced on Appeal?

By Tyler Train

The success of mediation for emotional disputes, such as divorce
cases, has been well-documented. However, there is evidence to
suggest that mediation may be beneficial for highly technical patent lawsuits as well, which tend to exhibit characteristics uniquely situated for a mediation backdrop.1 On October 3, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the most common appellate circuit court for patent disputes, followed the lead of the other twelve circuit courts when it established an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program. Initially, participation was entirely voluntary to test the merits of such a program. A year later on September 18, 2006, the court made the program permanent by adopting a mandatory appellate mediation program.3 The adoption of this program was met with
hesitancy and doubt as to whether cases commonly heard at the federal circuit would be amenable to mediation during the appeals process. Due to the prevalence of patent appeals at the federal circuit, many of the concerns were specific to distinctive types of patent law

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