Upcoming Events


The 7th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture Privacy Versus Government Surveillance: Where Network Effects Meet Public Choice

October 6, 2014
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

Registration: 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Presentation: 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Presented by Professor Ross Anderson with responses by Carl Shapiro, James Aquilina, and Anupam Chander.

The Snowden revelations teach us that many of the world's governments share intelligence behind the scenes. Thirty years ago, a non-aligned country like India could happily buy its military aircraft from Russia; nowadays, although it still buys some planes from Sukhoi, it shares intelligence with the NSA. A rational actor will join the biggest network, and the Russians' network is much smaller. This points us to a deeper truth: that information economics applies to the public sector, just as it applies to private business. The forces that lead to pervasive monopolies in the information industries - network effects, technical lock-in and low marginal costs - are pervasive in the affairs of states too, once we look for them; they are just not yet recognized as such. There are many significant implications, from international relations through energy policy to privacy. Network effects make regulation hard; the USA failed to protect US attorney-client communications from Australian intelligence, just as Australia failed to protect its own citizens' personal health information from the NSA. There are some upsides too; but to identify and exploit them, we need to start thinking in a more grown-up way about what it means to live in a networked world.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 2.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

The 2014 BCLT Privacy Lecture is made possible by a generous gift from Google.

Registration is complimentary but required. Information to be posted soon.




The Sixth Annual Patent Law and Policy Conference

November 7, 2014
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 120 F Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Georgetown Law and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology are proud to host the sixth iteration of the Patent Law and Policy Conference.

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US-China IP Conference

November 7, 2014
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA

This all-day conference will bring together senior policymakers, academics and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss five important topics:

(1) Revisions to the Chinese Copyright Law;
(2) Role of specialized IP courts;
(3) IP issues related to the entertainment industry;
(4) Updates on patent and trade secrets legislation and protection; and
(5) Challenges and strategies in cross-border IP enforcement.

This one-day conference is an annual event co-hosted by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; and China Renmin University IP Academy.

For more information please visit the Loyola Law School website.   


15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 11 & 12, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

A nationally recognized faculty of leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations will attend the Advanced Patent Law Institute (APLI).

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