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The Latest from UIC RIPL: Vol. 20.2 has been Published!

Dear Readers,

The UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (“RIPL”) is excited to announce the publication of Volume 20, Issue 2! This issue begins with the transcript of Former Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Paul R. Michel’s keynote address from the 64th Annual Intellectual Property Conference at the UIC John Marshall Law School that took place this past November. The two lead articles are scholarly works written by Paolo Beconcini and R. Mark Halligan. Rounding out the issue are two student case notes by RIPL Staff Editors Jennifer Armstrong and Paige Miller.

In the keynote address transcript, Judge Michel sets the stage for the 64th Annual Intellectual Property Conference. Judge Michel pinpoints four areas of major difficulty in patent law in the United States, including the unpredictability of Section 101, the problems with injunctions, the monetary and extrinsic costs of litigation, and the implicit advantage the AIA appears to give patent challengers. Judge Michel calls upon the legislature to urgently address those issues in the face of the imminent evolution and onset of globalism.

In the first scholarly article, The State of Trade Secret Protection in China in Light of the U.S.-China Trade Wars: Trade Secret Protection in China Before and After the U.S.-China Trade Agreement of January 15, 2020, Paolo Beconcini provides a thorough review of several recent amendments China has made to its trade secret regime in light of the recent U.S.-China trade agreement. Paolo then concludes with what these amendments could mean for the state of trade secrets law in China and the U.S.-China relationship going forward.

In the second scholarly article, Automated Trade Secret Asset Management: SFP Classification, EONA Proofs, Blockchaining, and DTSA Civil Seizure Orders, R. Mark Halligan proposes a novel and comprehensive automated system that trade secret owners can use to identify, classify, protect, and value their trade secret assets. Mr. Halligan further proposes how the use of such an automated trade secret asset management system, implemented via blockchain technology, can streamline trade secret owners’ utilization of DTSA civil seizure orders.

In the first student case note, This is FISA Calling to Let You Know You May Be Eligible for A Motion to Suppress: New Notice Requirement from United States v. Moalin, Jennifer Armstrong discusses the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in United States v. Moalin. Jennifer outlines the new notice requirement the Ninth Circuit conceived regarding data, electronic, and telephone surveillance evidence in criminal cases.

In the second student case note, Trademark Law After USPTO v. “” Takeover, Paige Miller discusses the Supreme Court’s recent decision in USPTO v. Paige argues that the holding could facilitate anti-competitive conduct when it comes to domain names and trademarks.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoy the issue.

Best Regards,

Andrew D. Butzen