Past Events


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 brought together scholars, policymakers, and representatives of various stakeholder groups to consider what changes would make for a next great copyright act.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 12.25 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


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 featured leading academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in privacy law. UC Berkeley Law faculty and conference panelists discussed cutting-edge scholarship and explore 'real world' privacy law problems. The keynote speaker was Jan Albrecht, Member, European Parliament, and rapporteur for the Data Protection Regulation. Panel topics included Privacy and Mobile Payments, Harmonizing Privacy and Innovation, and Big Data. A Panel  also addressed 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.

For more information, please visit the event page.


Developments in California Health Privacy Law: Present and Future Trends 

February 27, 2014
Paul Hastings LLP

55 Second Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Paul Hastings presented a Health Privacy Roundtable to discuss California health privacy law-- and why it matters more than ever. Participants heard from leading experts about recent developments and the likely future direction of California law in this critical area.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 2.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


Expert Witnesses: Maximizing Their Effectiveness - A Regional CLE Workshop

February 26, 2014
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

BCLT is sponsoring an ABA Regional Workshop of the ABA Section of Litigation Expert Witness Committee entitled Expert Witnesses:  Maximizing Their Effectiveness.



A Conversation With the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

How should we strike the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties in federal counterterrorism programs? Join members of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to discuss the importance of government transparency regarding counterterrorism efforts, international issues raised by US surveillance programs, the impact of NSA programs on US industry and the Internet, and the Board’s role going forward.

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a bipartisan independent federal agency. Chairman David Medine and board members Rachel Brand, Elisebeth Collins Cook, and James Dempsey will discuss the Board's recent report and recommendations on the NSA telephony metadata program and reform of the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

For more information, visit the event page.


February 2014 Law in the Global Marketplace: Intellectual Property and Related Issues

February 24, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UC Hastings
200 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA
Room: ARC

The protection of intellectual property rights is increasingly defined by global markets and territorial laws. On February 24, 2014, UC Hastings will host a Seminar on Law in the Global Marketplace: IP and Related Issues, sponsored by Hogan Lovells and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. The Seminar will address key issues in IP law on three continents - Asia, North America and Europe, focusing on key issues in each region and the interplay between them. A list of speakers and topics will be announced soon.Immediately followed by a post-conference reception in the Sky Room located at 100 McAllister.


Music Business Seminar 2014: 21st Century Musician: Making A Living Making Music

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Boalt, Booth Auditorium
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys will discuss the "21st Century Musician: Making a Living Making Music." Attendees can take advantage of numerous networking opportunities while enjoying live music.

For more information, please visit the event page.


December 12-13, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

Co-organized by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Stanford Law School. Join a nationally recognized faculty of leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations for the Advanced Patent Law Institute.

14.0 hours of CLE credit will be available, including 1.75 hours in Legal Ethics.

Visit the conference page for more information.


Balancing Privacy and Opportunity in the Internet Age

December 12, 2013
Santa Clara University
9:00 am - 1:00 PM

BCLT Professors Schwartz, Hoofnagle and Mulligan will speak at an Informational Hearing of the Hearing of the California Assembly Judiciary and Business & Professions Committees and the Select Committee on Privacy, at Santa Clara University.

Topics include: Personal Information, Privacy and the Internet: An Overview; Are Disclosure-based Approaches to Privacy Protection Working, and If Not, Should They Be Improved, or Should Other Approaches Be Considered? and  Looking Forward: Future Privacy Challenges and Possible Government Responses.


Developments in California Privacy Law: Assessing the Present and Predicting the Future

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
55 Second Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
8:00 am - 10:30 am

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Paul Hastings present a Privacy Roundtable to discuss the impact of recent changes in California privacy law. Hear from leading experts and top policymakers about the recent Assembly session and the likely future direction of California privacy law.

Earn up to 1.5 hours of CLE for this program.

Visit the event page for more information. 


The Fifth Annual Patent Law and Policy Conference

November 1, 2013
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 120 F Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Two leading universities in intellectual property law from both coasts – Georgetown University Law Center and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology – have joined together to host a unique conference on the role of the courts in patent law and policy.

For program details, please visit the conference page


Altai @ 21: Software Copyrights Revisited

Friday, October 25, 2013
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop will bring together intellectual property professionals with experience in software protection issues to consider these and other questions.

Proposed structure for the discussion:

  • Recapping the unsettled state of software copyright law prior to Altai and the cases since Altai

  • What is and should be the scope of protection for interfaces of computer programs? To what extent is or should interoperability be a defense to software copyright infringement claims? What is the right doctrinal framework for addressing these questions?

  • How useful and appropriate is the Altai “abstraction, filtration, comparison” test? How well or poorly have courts applied it in subsequent cases?

  • What kinds of procedures, processes, systems, and methods of operation embodied in programs are excluded from copyright protection under sec. 102(b)? What is the right approach to making this sort of determination?

  • What aspects of programs are patentable and/or copyrightable? To what degree do these protections overlap? To what extent do they play distinct roles in protecting software innovations?

  •  What will the Federal Circuit do in the Oracle v Google case?
Visit the conference page for more information.


USPTO Software Partnership Meeting

October 17, 2013
Booth Auditorium
Berkeley, CA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce the next Software Partnership Meeting on October 17, 2013, at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA 94720, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion of many topics specific to the software community.

Visit uspto.gov for more information.


Privacy Roundtable: Pulling the Curtain Back to Reveal the New World of Web Tracking

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Offices
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA

Join us for a breakfast roundtable in Palo Alto on October 16, 2013 at the law offices of WSGR to hear from a panel of experts to discuss what’s really occurring on your website as well as its business and privacy impact on your company.

1.5 hours of CLE credit will be available.

Visit the conference page for more information. 


ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit 2013

October 1-2, 2013
Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
1330 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology is a proud co-sponsor of the second annual ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit. The summit will bring together women leaders from across industry, private practice, government, judiciary, administrative agencies, academia, and more to engage in dialogue on cutting edge issues relating to intellectual property. This year's agenda will include substantive panels, fireside chats and relationship-building opportunities with intellectual property's most influential, innovative and strategic leaders from Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, and beyond, who have been at the forefront of forging new ground in their fields.

Visit chipslaw.org for more information. Participation is by invitation only.


Law & Tech Program Orientation

BCLT's Orientation provides insight into the Law & Technology Program at Berkeley Law. New students can meet representatives from the BCLT faculty and staff, our eight affiliated student groups and the Samuelson Clinic.

Click here to listen to the audio from the orientation.


The Supreme Court and DNA Patents: A Myriad of Ramifications

Monday, July 1, 2013
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Panel Discussion: 3:30-5:30 PM
Networking Reception: 5:30-7:30 PM

In Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court held that isolated naturally-occurring human DNA is not patentable subject matter, but synthetic c-DNA is patent eligible. On July 1, The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati will co-host a panel on the meaning and impact of the Court’s decision.

2.0 hours of CLE credit will be available for this panel. 

Visit the event page for more information.


6th Annual Privacy Law Scholar's Conference

June 6-7, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley CA

UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the sixth annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 6-7, 2013. 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). 

Visit the conference page for more information.



17th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age?

April 18-19, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley CA

Copyright formalities, such as registration of claims and placing notices on copies, may seem outdated, pedestrian, and... well... boring. They are anything but.  Formalities, which in the past three decades have largely disappeared from American copyright law, may be about to stage a comeback.  Why?  Because copyright formalities may be one of the most important strategies for reconciling copyright law and the challenges of the digital age.  This conference will consider, among other things, the useful role that formalities can play in addressing today’s copyright challenges, what kinds of formalities might best serve the interests of authors and of the public, economic considerations posed by formalities, the need for appropriate technological infrastructures to support new formalities regimes, and some constraints that the Berne Convention may pose for the design and implementation of new formalities regimes.

Visit the conference page for more information.


Developer Patent Summit

April 9, 2013
Offices of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
San Francisco, CA

The software patent system poses a significant challenge for developers. Patent trolls, product life cycles shorter than the patent process, and general uncertainty threatens to stifle innovation and growth in the app industry. The Application Developers Alliance is connecting experts with developers to discuss this critical issue. Join us along with industry leaders to enjoy a great conversation, food, beverages, and networking. Learn more and register for free.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology is a proud co-sponsor of the Developer Patent Summit: San Francisco.

AGENDA:

6:00pm Welcome (registration, drinks, food, and mingling)   

6:30-7:45 Brief presentation followed by a panel-led conversation, and Q&A   

7:45-8:30 Enjoy beer, wine and food, meet the panel, and network

Get more information and register for free at http://devsbuild.it/devpatentsummit/sf


The Silicon Valley Technocrats: Evgeny Morozov on his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here

Monday, April 1
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

As part of the Samuelson Clinic Privacy Scholarship Series, author Evgeny Morozov will discuss his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here, The Folly of Technological Solutionism.

The Big Ideas flowing from Silicon Valley often focus upon applying some technological solution to the many intractable problems of life. Morozov's new work challenges readers to interrogate these technological solutions--is technology adequate for solving the problem? Will technological approaches obscure the political agendas and incentives of the solution provider? Are these "problems" actual problems, or instead could they be attributes of society that give meaning and possibility to a moral life? Discussants include Chris Hoofnagle, Director of Information Privacy Programs at BCLT and Jenna Burrell, an Assistant Professor in the School of Information.

Video from this event is now available at http://media.law.berkeley.edu/qtmedia/Privacy/20130401_Privacy.mp4

Visit the conference page for more information. 


 

The 2nd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 21, 2013
Four Seasons Silicon Valley
East Palo Alto, CA

The second annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum will feature leading academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in privacy law. Berkeley Law faculty will present cutting-edge scholarship, and panelists will discuss the implications for ‘real world’ information privacy law problems.The keynote will be presented by Travis LeBlanc, Special Assistant Attorney General at the California Department of Justice.Panel topics include the EU-US Privacy Collision, Privacy and The Price of Free, The Management of Privacy Processes: the CPO And Beyond, and Technology and Privacy Design.

Visit the conference page for more information.


 

6th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Data Access & Retention

February 28, 2013
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

Government data surveillance law in Europe and the United States has reached a turning point for the future of information privacy online.   The democracies on both sides of the Atlantic are trying to balance the legitimate needs of the law enforcement and intelligence communities to access online transactional data with the basic rights of citizens to be free from state intrusions on their privacy.    However, the US and EU regimes offer an impossible dilemma for the existence of effective information privacy protection.   American law generally focuses on access restraints for government to obtain privately held information and ignores the collection and storage of data.   By contrast, Europe emphasizes rules related to the collection and retention of data and focuses less on due process obstacles for government access.   In each system, proportionality and the privatization of state surveillance activity become keys to the transparency of citizen’s data .   But the reliance on proportionality is untenable and the imposition on private actors to resolve the balance between state and individual interests creates a fundamental undermining of online privacy.

Visit the conference page for more information.


Music Business Seminar 2013: Fast Forward! Protecting and Selling Music in the Digital Age

Saturday, January 26, 2013
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys will discuss protecting and selling music in the digital age. Attendees will take advantage of numerous networking opportunities while enjoying live music performances by local artists. Panel Topics include Creative Music Licensing, The Live Music Business, Artist Management, The Streaming Music Business, Creative Collaborations and Partnerships, Music Licensing Basics, The Role of Labels in the Digital Age.

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.