The 3rd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley
Friday, March 14, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA
The third annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum will feature leading academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in privacy law. UC Berkeley Law faculty and conference panelists will discuss cutting-edge scholarship and explore 'real world' privacy law problems. The keynote speaker will be Jan Albrecht, Member, European Parliament, and rapporteur for the Data Protection Regulation. Panel topics include Privacy and Mobile Payments, Harmonizing Privacy and Innovation, and Big Data. A Panel will also address the important practical lessons for privacy practitioners.
UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.
The 18th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: The Next Great Copyright Act
In March of 2013 Maria Pallante, the Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, expressed her interest in working toward a comprehensive revision of U.S. copyright law, which she has optimistically called “the next great copyright act.” Congressman Goodlatte, chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided to explore this idea by holding a series of hearings about copyright reform issues. The Department of Commerce has recently published a Green Paper about the need for some updates to U.S. copyright law. Although the drafters of the Copyright Act of 1976 hoped that this legislation would prove to be flexible and forward-looking enough to serve the country well over time, consensus has been building in recent years that the current law needs an overhaul so that it is more comprehensible and provides a better framework for enabling copyright law to adapt to the challenges posed by emergent technologies. This conference will bring together scholars, policymakers, and representatives of various stakeholder groups to consider what changes would make for a next great copyright act.
12.25 hours of CLE credit is available for attendees.
The 7th Annual Privacy Lecture
April 9, 2014
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.
Registration 3:00 - 3:30 PM
Presentation 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Reception 5:30 - 6:30 PM
The Seventh Annual Conference on Emerging Legal Issues Surrounding Digital Publishing and Content Distribution
May 15th & 16th, 2014
Mountain View, CA
A Joint Conference of Media Law Resource Center and The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
This conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today's multi-platform world. The Conference will feature six sessions running from 1:00 p.m. on May 15, with an early evening reception, through 1:00 p.m. on May 16.
For more information, please visit the event website.
The Seventh Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference
June 5 & 6, 2014
The Marvin Center
UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 5-6, 2014, at the Marvin Center in Washington, DC.
The PLSC assembles 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).
For more information, please visit the event 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.
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.