About the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology

In 1998, Governor Frank Keating challenged institutions of higher education in the State of Oklahoma to take a leadership position in fostering research and development in advanced technology fields. The University of Oklahoma heeded this call and in an effort to continue this worthy pursuit, the University of Oklahoma College of Law welcomes you to the Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology, Oklahoma's first legal publication devoted to the convergence of emerging technology and the law.

The Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology (OKJOLT) is a scholarly publication produced by students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. OKJOLT will strive to keep practitioners, judges, policymakers and academic communities informed through the use of an easily accessible forum which provides timely and insightful scholarship regarding the dynamic field of technology law. It is our hope that this publication will lead to open dialogue about emerging technology and its effects on U.S. law.

OKJOLT is proud to be Oklahoma's first journal published exclusively in electronic format. Using the latest in electronic publishing technology the journal is able to publish timely data in a reader-friendly environment with hypertext linking to supporting documents, easily accessible through the World Wide Web.


The Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology's editorial board members for 2014-2015 are as follows:  Editor-in-Chief: Phan Nguyen; Managing Editor: Rustin Khavari; Business Manager: Luke Hann; Chief Topics and Articles Editor: Jeremy McKinney; and Note Editor: Brice Beckwith.

The following works were prepared by the 2013-14 editorial board and published on the OKJOLT website in August 2014 --

Michael D. Murray, "Post-Myriad Genetics Copyright of Synthetic Biology and Living Media"

Nicholas Godlove, "Regulatory Overview of Virtual Currency"

Jeremy McKinney, "'It's a Trap':  cDNA Is Patent Eligible!  But Is It Patentable?"

Zachary Lee, "CLS Bank International v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd.:  Determining a Standard for Abstract Idea Patent Eligibility"

Ash Moore, "Digital Effects: The Fourth Amendment and Computer Searches Warrants"

Abstracts and complete PDF files of these works are now available at the Current Publications page.   These works will also be available soon on Westlaw and HeinOnline.


Members of the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology are admitted to the journal by participating in the grade-on or write-on process. Members of the Editorial Board are elected each spring by members of the journal.

Starting in Fall 2014, all writers must either have taken or be enrolled in the IP Survey course. All editors are required to be enrolled or have taken one of the other IP/ technology related courses during their year as an editor in addition to having fulfilled the requirements as a writer.

For the editors chosen in Fall of 2014 (2014-2015 academic year), editors who have not already completed or will be enrolled in IP Survey (in the Fall of 2014) need to be specifically approved by Professor Ragavan to get credit for their work at OkJoLT.  Similarly, editors chosen in Fall of 2014 (2014-2015 academic year), in order to get credit, will need to fulfill taking a second course in any area of intellectual property in the future unless they contact Professor Ragavan and get specific exemption.

Starting in Fall 2015, all editors must take one of the other IP/technology related courses during their year as an editor in addition to having fulfilled the requirements as a writer.


White House Announcement Notes OU Law to Host Consultations on National Action Plan

In September President Barak Obama announced plans to develop a National Action Plan to promote responsible business conduct abroad, consistent with UN and other international guidelines on business and human rights.   The White House recently announced several organizations would be hosting consultations to seek contributions from U.S. business and civil society about what the National Action Plan should contain.  The OU College of Law was noted as one of the hosts for these consultations in 2015.