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1. Introduction
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... Program was established to monitor and explore the growing number of areas in which the processes of legal decision making utilize or impinge on the work of scientists and engineers. One of the major activities of the STL Program is convening a distinguished panel of individuals drawn from both the science and engineering and legal communities.
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... Further, law and science encounter each other in the laboratory through a number of federal actions governing intellectual property, research misconduct, access to research data, and conflicts of interest. The fact-finding agendas of the two disciplines now frequently have begun to overlap, if not merge.
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... That discussion led to a daylong symposium in November 1997, at which a group of knowledgeable scientists, engineers, judges, lawyers, business executives, and government officials discussed possible roles for The National Academies in this area. During the 1990s The National Academies submitted amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court in two of the three earlier mentioned cases involving significant issues at the boundaries of science and law.
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... In particular, it reviews the impact of recent legal, legislative, and regulatory developments on ownership rights to research data. Some observers contend that permitting greatly expanded access to research data that is still under way by those who seek to influence decisions of courts and regulatory agencies will hinder the research enterprise and will impose excessive burdens on researchers.

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