As BCLT has broadened its mission beyond the intellectual property core to encompass electronic commerce, entertainment law, telecommunications regulation, cyberlaw, privacy, and many other areas of constitutional and business law that are affected by new information technologies. BCLT has developed the world’s most comprehensive and innovative program in law and technology. This program features three essential components:

  • strong foundational courses taught by Berkeley Law faculty using their own leading casebooks;
  • diverse, challenging and regularly updated advanced courses taught by leading faculty and practitioners; and
  • closely supervised analytic writing- and research-oriented courses with a specific emphasis on law and technology issues.

Student Opportunities

Each year, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and BCLT publish the Annual Review of Law and Technology, which includes two dozen student articles on the leading developments of the prior year. Other opportunities for students to develop their skills include working with the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the first student-edited journal to focus on the intersection of law and technology. Many students go beyond these curricular opportunities, working with BCLT to organize important educational, public policy and research events throughout the academic year. The Center provides students with many opportunities to meet leading practitioners in the law and technology field. More than 40 law firms and companies sponsor BCLT and participate in a wide variety of events at Boalt Hall. BCLT holds at least one major conference and multiple smaller roundtable events each year.

Fall 2014 IP Scholarship Seminar

This seminar explored cutting-edge issues in intellectual property scholarship, with students commenting upon forthcoming articles by scholars here at Berkeley and elsewhere. The speakers with links to their bios and papers are listed below.

Date Presenter Paper Title
 Sept. 2 Matthew Rimmer, Associate Professor, Australian National University College of Law Tesla Motors: Intellectual Property, Open Innovation, and the Carbon Crisis
 Sept. 9     Molly S. Van Houweling, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law The Dead Hand of Copyright
 Sept. 16 Petra Moser, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University Compulsory Licensing – Did Patent Violations During the Great War Discourage Invention?
 Sept. 23 Robert P. Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law, Berkeley Law A Few Kind Words for Absolute Infringement Liability in Patent Law
 Sept. 30 Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Professor of Law, Penn Law Unplanned Coauthorship
 Oct. 7 Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law Justifications for Copyright Limitations & Exceptions
 Oct. 14 Paul Heald, Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law, Illinois Law How Copyright Keeps Works Disappeared
 Oct. 21 Peter S. Menell, Koret Professor of Law, Berkeley Law Adapting Copyright for the Mashup Generation
 Oct. 28 Dotan Oliar, Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law Copyright Registrations: Who, What, When, Where, and Why
 Nov. 4 Peter C. DiCola, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law Goals: An Essay on Choosing Objectives, Encountering Prior Creators, and Pursuing Innovation
 Nov. 11 Veteran's Day Holiday - no class  
 Nov. 18 David Nimmer, Professor from Practice, UCLA Law Aereo, Disruptive Technology, and Statutory Interpretation (co-authored with Shyam Balganesh and Peter Menell)
 Nov. 25 Colleen V. Chien, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law Rethinking Patent Disclosure
 Dec. 2 Arti K. Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law, Duke Law Manufacturing Barriers to Biosimilar Entry (co-authored by W. Nicholson Price II)