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USPTO Copyright Roundtable Discussion on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

July 30, 2014
The Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

This roundtable discussion will seek input from the public on (1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes; (2) the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; and (3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of (i) individual file sharers and (ii) secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

For more details and to RSVP for the meeting, please visit this page.


Intellectual Property Scholar's Conference

August 7 & 8, 2014
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA 94704

The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the UC Berkeley School of Law will host the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 7 and 8, 2014.  The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works.  The format of the conference is designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented should be works-in-progress that can benefit from the input provided by IPSC attendees.


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

October 6, 2014
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

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.


Troll - Proofing Patents: Protecting Open Innovation

Friday, November 7, 2014
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is a new legal mechanism to protect innovators by networking patents into powerful, mutually-beneficial legal shields that are 100% committed to defending innovation – no bullies, trolls, or other leeches allowed. It also helps prevent evildoers from patenting open technologies and pulling them out of the public domain. We think it's a great way for patents to be used for good, and not evil.

For more information and to register to attend, click here.


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 attended the Advanced Patent Law Institute.