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Upcoming Events


Open Data: Towards Responsible Uses

November 20, 2015
New York University
New York, NY 

In April 2015, BCLT hosted the Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges Symposium> on the privacy, security, and civil rights challenges involved in the open data movement. On November 20th, New York University’s Helen Nissenbaum will host a continuation and expansion of the dialog. Please save the date for our Open Data: Toward Responsible Uses event. This one-day event will focus on responsible uses of open data, and contemplate whether and how the principles of open data should could apply to privately-owned databases.

The 16th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 10 & 11, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel
2050 University Avenue
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: Silicon Valley (APLISV).
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Software IP: The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Intellectual Property Protections for Computer Programs: What’s Going Right and What’s Going Wrong?

April 14 & 15, 2016
UC Berkeley School of Law

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank and its denial of Google’s petition for certiorari in the Oracle software copyright case, new uncertainties exist about the roles that patents and copyrights are and should be playing in the legal protection of computer software.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, in conjunction with the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, will host a symposium on April 14-15, 2016, in Berkeley, to consider the implications of the Alice and Oracle decisions, among others, on the software industry. It will bring together law and economics scholars, industry representatives, and practicing lawyers to consider what the courts are getting right and wrong and how intellectual property law ought to evolve to do a better job for the industry and the public that so depends on software these days.

The symposium will also include sessions on the roles of trade secrecy and trademark laws, as well as patents and copyrights.  Also featured will be empirical research on the state of the  software industry and the roles of IP rights and business models on which software developers rely beyond IP.

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The 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference: Washington DC

June 2 & 3, 2016
George Washington University School of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

PLSC assembles privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government).

PLSC is a paper workshop. There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available. Because authors’ drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors’ ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.

At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a “commenter” who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author’s paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in “listening” mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.

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Latest Research by BCLT Faculty and Fellows

Kenneth A. Bamberger and Deirdre K. Mulligan
Privacy in Europe: Initial Data on Governance Choices and Corporate Practices. George Washington Law Review, Vol. 81, p. 1529, 2013

Catherine Crump
TED talk on automatic license plate readers, (2014).

Chris Hoofnagle
Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy Cambridge University Press (2015).

Peter S. Menell
This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-Equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age
. (42nd Brace Lecture), 61 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 235 (2014)

Robert Merges
Economics of Intellectual Property Law. Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, Francesco Parisi, eds., Forthcoming (2014).

Deirdre Mulligan
Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe. The MIT Press (with Kenneth Bamberger) (2014).

Pamela Samuelson
Possible Futures of Fair Use, 90 Wash. L. Rev. 815 (2015).

Paul Schwartz
Reconciling Personal Information in the United States and European Union. 102 California Law Review (2014)

Jennifer Urban  & Chris Hoofnagle
Alan Westin’s Privacy Homo Economicus. 49 Wake Forest Law Review 261 (2014)

Molly Van Houweling
Land Recording and Copyright Reform
Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2013).