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What is Science and Technology Law?

Definition of Science and Technology Law

Science and Technology law is a large and ever growing area of law encompassing all the legal areas that help science and technology to grow. One of the largest of the areas of law encompassed herein is intellectual property, which allows inventors to patent their inventions so that they can have the exclusive right to sell them.

Another important area of law related in part to this is consumer protection. Technology enables us to avoid brick and mortar stores and do our shopping on the Internet, but it also makes it easier for scammers to sell dangerous products, knock off designs, or steal customers’ identities.

Finally, since much of the new technology involves communication devices, communications, media, free speech, and privacy law are all part of science and technology law.

Practice Area Notes

Although a few boutique “science and technology” firms may exist, there are very few “science and technology” lawyers. Instead, there are patent lawyers, free speech lawyers, consumer protection lawyers, white collar crime lawyers, and media lawyers that are all well-versed in how science and technology impacts their area of law.

Related Areas of Law

Intellectual Property: Patents allow inventors to have a monopoly on their inventions. In addition, technology makes copying works of art easier than ever, which raises interesting new questions in copyright law.
Consumer Protection: Consumer protection agencies must be extra vigilant with online retailers to ensure that their products comply with consumer protection laws and that they respect consumers’ privacy.
Communications Law: Many of the newest technology impacts the way we communicate with each other. This also has important implications for first amendment and privacy law.

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