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3 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 593 (1993-1994)
Legal Problems of Nanotechnology: An Overview

handle is hein.journals/scid3 and id is 605 raw text is: LEGAL PROBLEMS OF
NANOTECHNOLOGY:
AN OVERVIEW
FREDERICK A. FIEDLER*
GLENN H. REYNOLDS**
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ......................................            594
II. NANOTECHNOLOGY: A BRIEF DESCRIPTION ... 595
A. ToP-DowN AND BOTrOM-UP .......................              596
B. WHAT NANOTECHNOLOGY CAN Do .................                599
C. STAGES OF NANOTECHNOLOGY ......................             601
III. SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM ...........................               602
A. LAW AND REGULATION .............................            602
B. POLITICS AND POLICY ...............................         604
IV. PROBLEMS OF EMERGENT
NANOTECHNOLOGY .................................               604
A. REGULATION OF RESEARCH ........................             605
B. MEDICAL APPLICATIONS: DRUGS OR DEVICES? .....               607
C. NEW PRODUCTS .....................................          612
D. INDIVIDUAL AND PRODUCT CATEGORIES ...........               615
V. CONCERNS FOR THE FUTURE: PROBLEMS OF
MATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY .....................                    618
A. REGULATORY COMPETENCE ........................              618
B. PROPERTY RIGHTS ..................................          618
C. OTHER LEGAL AND REGULATORY PROBLEMS ......                  619
D. SoME RECOMMENDATIONS ..........................             625
VI. CONCLUSION .........................................            629
* M.D. University of Tennessee College of Medicine, 1985; B.S. Tblane University, 1981;
J.D. candidate, University of Tennessee College of Law. Physician in private practice.
** Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee. J.D. Yale Law School, 1985; B.A.
University of Tennessee, 1982. Member, Advisory Board, Center for Constitutional Issues in
Technology. We would like to thank Fran Ansley, Rob Merges, Barbara Stark, and Dick Wirtz
for their helpful comments, suggestions, and encouragement.

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