The Slippery Slope of Hobby Lobby Already at the Supreme Court’s Door

  By Kendra Brown for The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) preventive care mandate.[1] The ACA requires that employers through their healthcare plans provide at no cost the full range of FDA-approved contraceptives. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby,[2] a closely held for profit […]

A River Between Us: Lessons in Conflict Resolution

By Jen Reynolds for  A River Between Us is a new documentary by former Oregon Senator Jason Atkinson and filmmaker Jeff Martin. (Disclosure: the University of Oregon School of Law ADR Center made a small contribution in support of post-production of the film.) The documentary provides much useful background on the Klamath restoration and, […]

There Will Be Blood

By Kylie Orme for Several weeks ago, Judge Wiggins, a circuit court judge in Marion, Alabama, sparked controversy when he told a courtroom full of offenders that if they did not have the money to pay their fines, they could go outside of the courtroom and donate blood, or go to jail. In an […]

The Price of Health Privacy in Sports

By Travis Walker for  Part of the digital age is access to information. For sports fans this includes updates on players and strategy that is nearly instantaneous. Media leaders make it possible to know everything about a game – creating a want, if not an expectation. Despite the numerous updates given daily, a single […]

When is a Covenant just a Covenant? Of Meso, Newman and Transactions with Patents

Originally posted on New Private Law blog by Jorge Contreras. A petition for certiorari was recently filed with the Supreme Court in Meso Scale Diagnostics LLC v. Roche Diagnostics GmbH (Del. 2015). In it, Petitioner poses the following question: “Whether a covenant, promise, or agreement not to sue for the infringement of a federal patent is a license of that patent as […]

When a Patent is Not Enough: A Summary of the October 20th Presentation by Randy Ross

By Leslie Francis for On October 20th, the Center for Law & Biomedical Sciences was delighted to host a talk by C. Randolph (Randy) Ross, on “When a Pharmaceutical Patent is Not Enough.”  Co-sponsored by the law firm of Maschoff Brennan Laycock Gilmore Israelsen & Wright, the talk was a tour through various kinds […]

Through Bears Ears, Tribes Lead the Way for True Collaboration over Utah’s Public Lands

By Anna Brady “We are not stakeholders here. We are relatives to these lands, and we have something to say.” That’s what Eric Descheenie, Co-Chair of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on October 15th when representatives from five tribes—Ute Mountain Ute, Uintah Ouray Ute, Hopi, […]

Patent Trolls and the “Presumption of Validity”

By Dave Duncan for Should the “presumption of validity” regarding issued patents be reversed? A patent application goes through an extensive examination process at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). If and when the applied-for patent is issued, it is presumed to be valid in subsequent legal challenges unless it can be […]

Becoming Policemen of the World

By Professor Wayne McCormack for   “. . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt “Imagine there’s no countries.” – John Lennon For some months, I have carried in my back pocket a proposal for ending the current round of violent jihad, which is built around […]

Abilify’s Adherence Sensor: Thoughts to Consider in the Regulatory Process

By Anikka Hoidal for Abilify is a medication frequently used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company developed the drug. Otsuka has teamed up with Proteus Health to use its sensor technology, which can provide notification that a pill has been ingested. The sensor works in combination with a patch patients wear […]