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Moveable Feast session on embedded software June 10th

The popularity of "smart" goods is making transactions involving software and other information embedded in tangible goods commonplace, but the rights and obligations of the parties to these transactions may be far from clear.

This program will analyze these transactions in light of copyright and contract law doctrine, as well as other legal doctrines that are competing to apply or not apply. The discussion will include the impact of this debate on devices ranging from "smart" corn to MRI machines to cellular phones with embedded databases.

This program is full. The Shidler Center will be offering a full slate of timely, informative CLE events, including an updated Electronic Ethics session, starting in the fall of 2003. If you'd like to find out more about the program, please register on line and we'll send out information as soon as the program is finalized.


The University Of Washington School Of Law invites applications for the appointment of a part-time Lecturer or Assistant Professor without tenure (WOT). Faculty rank will be dependent on qualifications of candidate and funding availability and source. This faculty member will serve as director of a newly created public interest Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic.

Shidler Center Inaugural Moveable Feast

Center director Jane Winn kicked off the inaugural Moveable Feast CLE program at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine.

The topic was "Electronic Ethics: Top Ten Traps in Intellectual Property Law and How to Avoid Them" and was led by Davis Wright partners Bruce Johnson and Kraig Baker. The session was oversubscribed and as a result will be offered again with updated material in December 2003.

The second program will be held on June 10th at the Seattle office of Preston Gates Ellis. Check this space for the program topic.

Professor Anita Ramasastry on NPR

Center director Anita Ramasastry discussed the possibility of the Patriot Act becoming permanent law on National Public Radio's "Tavis Smiley Show." The law, enacted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, is to expire after five years: now the Department of Justice and leading Republicans want to remove the sunset provisions and leave the Act's provisions in place.

Upcoming events

2003 Shidler Center Spring Awards Gala -- May 22

The Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology and the University of Washington School of Law are pleased to announce the 2003 Spring Awards Gala. We will celebrate the career and contributions of the Honorable Betty Fletcher, United States Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit, our students, and our founding director, Sharon L. Nelson, recently appointed to Senior Assistant Attorney General for Washington state.

News from the Shidler Center

WA state house reviewing spam legislation

The Washington state legislature is debating a bill that may weaken penalties as well as exempt ISPs and software vendors like Microsoft from being prosecuted as spammers.

How to find out a telemarketer's track record

The e-genie looks into how you can find a list of reported fraudulent telemarketers, either by name or by company name.

The University of Washington Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology (LCT) is a leading international center for collaborative research and teaching related to the legal aspects of high technology.

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