2012 Conferences

13th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute

December 6-7, 2012
Four Seasons Hotel
Palo, Alto, CA

Join a nationally recognized faculty of leading district judges, academia, patent prosecution, litigation experts and senior IP counsel from major corporations such as Twitter, Netflix and Google, in the heart of Silicon Valley for Advanced Patent Law Institute. This year's program takes an in-depth look at winning strategies for prosecuting and litigating patents, with a special focus on the America Invents Act.

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Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

November 16, 2012
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Normally, an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software patents. This conference is different.  Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a premise--that software patents are a problem--as a springboard for discussing ways to address those problems.  In rapid succession, patent experts at the conference will present innovative proposals (ranging from abolishing software patents to company/industry self-help), debate their relative merits, and discuss how they might be implemented.  To extend the discussion, many of the speakers and other interested experts will publish short essays in Wired.com describing their proposed solution and advocating for its adoption.  We hope conference attendees and Wired.com readers will embrace the best proposals and catalyze real action towards solving the software patent problem.


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RAND Revisited: Current Developments in the Law of Standards-Essential Patents

October 26, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

For many years, patent holders have made commitments to license patents that are necessary to practice a standard on reasonable, nondiscriminatory terms (RAND). The scope and content of that commitment is now being debated and tested in several forums, including US and foreign courts and regulatory bodies, the ITC, and the Standards Setting Organizations (SSOs) themselves. At this conference, economists and legal scholars will join practitioners from law firms and corporations to discuss these developments and the future of RAND, addressing such questions as: What is a RAND royalty and how should it be determined? Under what legal theories (contract, estoppel, antitrust, etc. ) can the RAND obligation be enforced? Does an offer have to be RAND or just the negotiated result? Should injunctions or exclusion orders be available and, if so, under what circumstances? Are purchasers bound by prior RAND commitments? What reciprocal obligations are permitted? What is the proper role of SSOs and should their rules be updated? What should be the role of government regulators?

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New Developments in Chinese IP Law: Copyright Revisions and Enforcement Challenges

October 4, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

This all-day conference will bring together senior policymakers, academics and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss two important topics: (1) Revisions to the Chinese Copyright laws, which will significantly impact U.S. and Chinese companies operating in the China market; and (2) enforcement challenges and strategies in China for holders of Chinese IP rights. The conference is sponsored by BCLT, Loyola (LA) Law School, and the Renmin University of China IP Academy.

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Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 9-10, 2012

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property 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.

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The 5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 7-8, 2012
George Washington University
Washington D.C.

Co-hosted by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, the PLSC aims to assemble a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It will bring together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). Our goal is to enhance ties within the privacy law community and to facilitate dialogue between the different parts of that community (academy, government, industry, and public interest).

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Patent Institutions Summit

May 21, 2012
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA

Now that the America Invents Act (AIA) has been signed into law, many of the most promising opportunities for continued progress in improving the patent system lie in PTO initiatives and improvements in dispute resolution.  Under Director Kappos’s leadership, the Patent Office has instituted a wide range of administrative reforms and data-driven initiatives aimed at better aligning the patent system.  The Federal Circuit has taken a much more active role in addressing perceived weaknesses in patent jurisprudence.  The district courts – led by the Northern District of California – have made substantial strides in improving patent dispute resolution.  And the ITC has emerged as a major player in patent enforcement.  The Patent Institutions Summit brings together key officials from the principal patent institutions to discuss and exchange ideas on the next era of patent system evolution.  With significant patent reform unlikely for the foreseeable future, the PTO, Federal Circuit, district courts, and ITC will play critical, front-line roles in improving the patent system.  Coordinating their activities and measuring/evaluating their progress will be essential to the next phase of progress. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology.

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Conference on Web Privacy Measurement (WPM)

May 31-June 1, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

As the Web continues to transition from a static collection of documents to an application platform, websites are learning more and more about users. Many forms of Web information sharing pose little privacy risk and provide tremendous benefit to both consumers and businesses. But some Web information practices pose significant privacy problems and have caused concern among consumers, policymakers, advocates, researchers, and others. Data collection is now far more complex than HTTP cookies, and the information available to websites can include a user’s name, contact details, sensitive personal information, and even real-time location. At present there are few restrictions on and scant transparency in Web information practices. There is a growing chasm between what society needs to know about Web tracking and what the privacy measurement community has been able to bring to light.

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Berkeley Law Privacy Forum: Silicon Valley

April 26, 2012
Four Seasons Silicon ValleyPalo Alto, CA

Join the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for cutting-edge BCLT scholarship and discussion surrounding real world information privacy law problems. Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, will present the Keynote Address.

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Innovate / Activate 2.0

April 20-21, 2012
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Intellectual property regimes seek to benefit society through a variety of incentives, from improving access to encouraging innovation to preserving public knowledge. However, evidence has been building to suggest that there are substantial flaws in the design and implementation of various IP regimes, leading to failures in policy and harms to the public. As a result, active communities have formed to address these shortcomings and the important issues they raise, such as the tension between free speech and efforts to expand copyright’s scope and enforcement tools; the importance of fair use and follow-on creativity; the role of alternative licensing systems such as Creative Commons or the GNU Public License; the appropriateness of patent protection for software and business methods; and the conflict between overpatenting of pharmaceuticals and broad access to medicines and diagnostic technologies. But there’s much more that can be done.

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Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities

April 12-13, 2012
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley CA

The Symposium is an output of the Berkeley Digital Copyright Project. Principle investigators are Professors Pamela Samuelson, Jason Schultz, and Jennifer Urban. David Hansen is the Project's Digital Library Fellow.

In 2006, the US Copyright Office recommended legislation to allow unlicensed reuses of in-copyright works whose rights holders cannot be located through a reasonably diligent search to solve the "orphan works" problem. Contributing causes to this problem are a lessening of copyright formalities (such as notice of copyright claims on copies of works and voluntary registration of copyright claims) and several extensions of copyright terms. The European Commission has recently proposed a directive that would also open up greater access to orphan works in Europe.

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Working with Asian Universities: A Practitioner's Perspective

March 21, 2012
Boalt 100, 12:40 - 1:40 pm 
Featuring Michael Lin, Marks & Clerk Hong Kong

There has been a growing trend for US multinationals to partner with Asian universities for basic research and other kinds of technical collaboration, especially in India, China and Japan. There are specific reasons why this trend is growing faster than partnering with US and European universities. Is it likely to continue? What do we learn from it to strengthen our own competitiveness?


March 19, 2012
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA

Designers of the first electronic telephone switches nicknamed them the "large immortal machines" because switches last decades.  The 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requires that all digital-switched telephone networks be built wiretap enabled; the law took longevity of switches into account by authorizing funding to update switches in place.  But by failing to analyze how threat models would change in a highly connected IP-based world, CALEA did not consider the longevity of switches prospectively.  As an architected security breach, CALEA compliance is a ticking time bomb.  Alleviating this is the subject of this talk.

Presented by Dr. Susan Landau with responses from Dr. Rolf H. Weber and Dr. Felix Wu. Moderated by Professor Paul Schwartz.

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Social Networks and the Death of Privacy Featuring Author Lori Andrews

Monday, March 5
12:45 - 1:45 pm - Boalt 100

Facebook, with over 750,000,000 members, is equivalent to the third largest nation in the world, yet it has no Constitution. In Lori Andrews’ new book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, Andrews explores what it would mean to develop a Constitution for social networks. She analyzes what concepts like freedom of expression, right to privacy, due process and the right to a fair trial might mean in the social network context.

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The 7th Hawaii Conference: Emerging Law & Policy Issues in the Entertainment Industry

February 18-22, 2012
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Honolulu, HI

BCLT continues its collaboration with the Center for Law and Technology at Seoul National University for the 7th Annual Hawaii Conference. This year's event will focus on Emerging Law & Policy Issues in the Entertainment Industry.  US Speakers will include Peter Menell, Berkeley Law, BCLT, Sean O'Connor, University of Washington School of Law, Jennifer Urban, Berkeley Law, and Jonathan Stern, Director of Legal Affairs for Red Bull North America, Inc.

Contact Julia Tier at BCLT (jtier@law.berkeley.edu) for more information.

Music Business Conference 2012: Recession Proof

Saturday, February 4

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys discussed the music industry in the current economic climate. Attendees took advantage of numerous networking opportunities while enjoying live music performances by local artists. Panel Topics included Financing and Cost Cutting Measures; DIY Marketing – Having an Online Presence; Changes Due to Digital and Social Media; Using Music to Sell Movies, Commercials, and Video Games; Creating Your Own Music App; Legal Aspects of Music Videos; and Creative Collaborations.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology, California Lawyers for the Arts and the Sports Entertainment and Law Society at Berkeley Law. Visit the conference page for more information.

Israel through the High-Tech Lens: An International Conference at Berkeley Law

February 1-2, 2012
Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law Berkeley, CA

BCLT and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society are co-sponsoring this two-day interdisciplinary conference which will bring together business leaders, scholars and policy makers from Israel and from the US to discuss business, legal, economic and social aspects of the Israeli High-Tech world. The conference will have over 35 speakers and 10 diverse sessions addressing a range of topics including: models of tech-sector investment, green-tech trends, legal challenges to US-Israel business collaboration, global corporations' involvement in Israel, labor-market diversity, cross-border collaboration in the Middle East and high-tech entrepreneurship.

This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society. Visit the conference page for more information.

January 5, 2012
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
Washington, D.C.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is one of the most central concepts in information privacy regulation, but there is no uniform definition of it. Moreover, the US and European Union approach this topic in different ways. Finally, computer science has shown that PII and non-PII are not immutable categories. On January 5, 2012, Professors Paul Schwartz and Daniel Solove will present their new paper, the PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information, which discusses personally identifiable information and proposes a concept entitled "PII 2.0." A panel discussion will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, BCLT and the George Washington University Law School.

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