New Duke Law center will delve into science of criminal justice
The Center for Science and Justice, led by Professor Brandon Garrett, will apply legal and scientific research to reforming the criminal justice system.
Welcoming the LLM Class of 2020
Ninety-six accomplished attorneys from 39 countries began their LLM studies on Aug. 19
Access to justice wins Demo Day
Technology that aids pro se litigants, people seeking expunctions impresses judges at Duke Law Tech Lab's signature event.
Reichman co-authors book on designing a microbial research commons
Jerome Reichman’s latest book, Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources, Data, and Literature: Global Intellectual Property Strategies for a Redesigned Microbial Research Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines how scientists share collections of microbes and related data to advance research in such areas as medicine, agriculture, and climate change, and how current systems for facilitating that transnational exchange can — and should — be improved.
Frakes and co-author argue that hiring more examiners would make patent system more efficient
In a blog post, Duke Law Professor Michael Frakes and Melissa Wasserman of the University of Texas School of Law write that the benefits of giving patent examiners more time per application – fewer errors and avoidance of litigation – are greater than the costs of hiring the necessary staff.
Boyle on the 50th anniversary of Hardin’s “The tragedy of the commons:” The ‘commons of the mind’ must be preserved
In an essay in The Economist, Professor James Boyle argues against the growth of restrictions on intellectual property in the digital age, noting that "the proliferation of property rights has its costs."
Farahany at TED Salon: When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?
In a TED talk, Professor Nita Farahany envisions a future in which humans will need to their safeguard brain activity from intrusive technologies and fight for the right to "cognitive liberty."
Duke researchers receive Greenwall Foundation grant to address issues in AI-enabled health care delivery
Professor Art Rai is the principal investigator on a project examining the tension between the need for "explainability" of treatment rationales versus the need to protect trade secrets in the burgeoning area of clinical decision support software innovation.
Center for Innovation Policy works to facilitate improvement in federal law and policy across an array of issues
"There are centers and think tanks that do a lot of mile-high theorizing, and a whole lot of the action, especially in D.C., is what's going to happen in the next legislative session, what's right around the corner," said Professor Stuart Benjamin, faculty co-director of Duke Law's Center for Innovation Policy. "And we’re trying to be in between those two."
Frakes co-authors study identifying three ways the patent process encourages approval of low-quality patents
Prof. Michael Frakes and co-author Prof. Melissa Wasserman from the University of Texas Law School use new empirical evidence to propose three changes to the patent system that wouuld decrease the issuance of patents that are later overturned.
Over the past seven years, the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (PTO) has made patent quality a major priority by launching initiatives and taking executive action to reduce application pendency, bolster examiner training, increase clarity of the record, enhance transparency, and calibrate examiner incentives, among other steps. Duke Law's Center for Innovation Policy and the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute co-hosted two conferences for policy-makers, academics, and stakeholders to reflect as a community on what has gone well, what has been learned, and what potential next steps, policies, and procedures the PTO might consider for ensuring U.S. patents are of the highest quality.
Featured FacultyElvin R. Latty Professor of Law
Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy, is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (IP) law, administrative law, and health policy. Rai has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools. Her research on IP law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has published over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on IP law, administrative law, and health policy.