Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Institute for Information Law ~ University of Amsterdam
BCLT's 11th Annual Symposium will draw attention to a range of issues from technological, business, academic, artistic, and public interest sectors in the United States and abroad. We expect a diverse audience of high tech lawyers, information technology and content industry representatives, technologists, and policymakers.
Boalt Hall School of Law
August 10th & 11th, 2006
BCLT and the Stanford Program in LST co-hosted the 6th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference. The IP Scholars Conference brought together over 120 intellectual property scholars to discuss their works-in-progress.
March 2nd - 4th, 2006
Most scientists concur that human embryonic stem cell research holds considerable promise for advancing human health. In 2004, California voters endorsed a bold initiative (Proposition 71) to fund stem cell research by the issuance of $3 billion in bonds, which will be allocated over a 10 year period to researchers. However, foundational legal and policy issues remain to be resolved – from intellectual property rights to other ownership issues (e.g., the form of donor consent), to how (and whether) the state of California should expect to recoup its investment in the research, to name just a few. This conference seeks to provide insights and recommendations from leading thinkers that will enable California’s bold initiative to be successful. These are among the issues that will be addressed at this tenth annual symposium.
January 2006 Paris Antitrust
Ecole des Mines, Paris, France
January 12th & 13th, 2006
BCLT, at the Boalt Hall School of Law, and the Ecole des mines de Paris co-sponsored the third Paris conference on telecommunication Law. This year's focus was Balancing Antitrust and Regulation in Network Industries: Evolving Approaches in Europe and United States.
William Kovacic (Commissioner-nominee, FTC) and Philip Lowe (Director General, DG Comp) delivered the keynote speeches. Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg (Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.) and Hon. Guy Canivet (First President, Cour de Cassation) compared the approaches on both sides of Atlantic. The balance between Antitrust and Regulation was addressed in Telecommunications and Energy sectors by distinguished legal and economic scholars. A round-table "Should Network Industries Have Sector-Specific Merger Policy" closed the Conference.
April 1st, 2005
Is spyware the latest form of malware, along with viruses, worms, spam, and file-sharing of illicit content? Or are technologies embedded in users' computer systems that monitor certain functions and offer updates, services, or ads for products users might want an engine of e-commerce that should remain unregulated and indeed encouraged? How does and how should the law define "spyware"? What kind of notice and consent should be required before installation of such software is permitted? What obligations (if any) do makers of spyware or users of spyware have as to collection and transmission of personally identifiable information? Are some forms of spyware surveillance unlawful, even criminal? Does spyware make user computers more insecure? What intellectual property rights (if any) are implicated by spyware that serves ads to users of websites that have their own ads to offer? Should states or the federal government regulate spyware, or is effective regulation impossible given the global nature of the Internet and the ease with which off-shore servers can provide havens? These are among the questions that were addressed at the ninth annual conference, co-sponsored by BCLT and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
April 15th &16th, 2004
On April 15 and 16, 2004 the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology held a major policy event. Along with the Federal Trade Commission and the National Academy of Sciences, BCLT brought together scholars, lawyers, and policy-makers to discuss both the substance of patent reform and how it might be implemented. Government officials, judges, academics, lawyers, and industry representatives convened to discuss the most significant recommendations made in the FTC and NAS reports and decided where to go from there. The conference featured presentations of the FTC and NAS reports, keynote speeches, and a roundtable of industry leaders. The conference also included substantive debates on several key reform proposals: changes to the obviousness standard, proposals for opposition and post-grant review, and changes to litigation rules.
February 27th - March 1st, 2003
What will Digital Rights Management technologies mean for the future of information? This pivotal conference assembled the leading thinkers from industry, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector to confronting the many controversies surrounding digital rights management. The conference was brought to you by The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ), the Samuelson Law, Technology & Pubic Policy and the School of Information Management & Systems (SIMS) at the University of California, Berkeley.