A principal at Fish & Richardson in Boston, Charles Hieken ’57 has practiced all aspects of intellectual property law for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Donna, recently made a gift to the school to establish the Hieken Professorship in Patent Law.
In October, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the constitutionality of a law extending copyright by 20 years. But the question posed by the case, says Assistant Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, is whether copyright can last forever.
In his new book The Genesis of Justice (Warner Books, 2000), Professor Alan Dershowitz reflects on how stories in the first book of the Bible – replete with unpunished wrongdoing by flawed heroes and the actions and commands of an inscrutable God – set down the groundwork for later laws.
In his new book, The Edges of the Field: Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership (Beacon Press, 2000), Professor Joseph Singer ’81 explores the cultural, moral, religious, and legal traditions that define our understanding of property.