Established in 1995, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The first of its kind, BCLT has garnered worldwide distinction for its research and instructional program exploring the most pressing technology law and policy issues.


Upcoming Events

BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

Friday, March 11, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

This full day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, technologists, regulators, privacy advocates and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law will share their latest research and analysis on trans-Atlantic data flows, privacy by design, online advertising and other topics. Leading privacy experts from law firms, companies and other universities will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

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The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

Software IP: Intellectual Property Protections for Computer Programs – Past, Present and Future

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 patent, copyright, and other forms of IP 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 leading scholars in both law and economics, industry representatives, and practicing lawyers who will 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 include sessions on the roles of patents, copyrights and trade secrecy.  Also featured will be empirical research on the state of the  software industry and on the evolving strategies on which software developers rely to protect their innovations.

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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).