BCLT Events

BCLT’s conferences bring together law firm attorneys, in-house counsel, judges, academics and others to explore the latest in patent law, privacy, life sciences, AI and other rapidly developing areas of technology law. Panels at our annual symposia present the diverse perspectives of government officials, advocates and academics.

Most past events are still available for CLE credit on B-CLE.

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The Senate’s AI Roadmap—Where will it take us?

July 23,
2024

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B-CLE Webcast
Location:
Virtual, B-CLE Webcast
Key Speakers: Colleen Chien, BCLT; Karen Silvermen, The Cantellus Group
After testimony from 150 experts, the Bipartisan Senate Working Group released its Roadmap for AI policy and governance. Will it be influential? And where will it take us? Join two of the nation’s leading experts, Professor Colleen Chien and Karen Silverman for a discussion about this Roadmap and its relevance.

Workplace Disruption – the changing job market responding to AI, automation and digitalisation

August 6,
2024

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B-CLE Webcast
Location:
Virtual, B-CLE Webcast
Key Speakers: Nathalie Devernay, Bird & Bird; Catharina Klumpp, Bird & Bird; Miguel Pastur, Bird & Bird
To provide a view into what is happening in AI and Europe, we are joined by three partners from Bird & Bird: Catharina Klumpp based in Düsseldorf, Germany; Nathalie Devernay in Lyon, France; and Miguel Pastur in Madrid, Spain.

24th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (IPSC)

Aug 8-9,
2024

Location: Residence Inn, Downtown Berkeley
Key Speakers: TBA
The IPSC brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress to benefit from the critique of colleagues.

The Yuan Global Talks on Generative AI and Human Creativity

2024 Dates:
Jan 23
March 18
April 30
Aug TBD
Sept TBD
Oct TBD
Nov TBD

2025 Dates:
Jan TBD
Feb TBD
April TBD

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
 Zoom
Speakers: Dr. Yuan Hao, BCLT

Steinberg Series for the Protection of Student Athletes

Fall
2024

Location: Virtual/Online
Key Speakers: TBA
More details soon.

5th Annual BTLJ-BCLT Fall Race Symposium

Sept 27,
2024

Location: TBA
Key Speakers: TBA
Bringing together leading academics and practitioners actively working on California privacy as well as diverse thinkers with perspectives from around the country.

Formal Sitting of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Oct 8,
2024

Location: Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law (sittings will take place at various locations)
As part of its nationwide jurisdiction, the Federal Circuit occasionally hears arguments outside of Washington, D.C. This year, the Court will formally hear cases at Berkeley Law.

UPC & Global Patent Litigation Forum

Oct 23,
2024

Location: Domenico Winery, San Carlos, CA
Key Speakers: TBA
With the growth in international patent litigation, US attorneys and companies need to understand the realities they face when litigating outside the US. This forum brings together leading attorneys worldwide to discuss the hottest topics and the nuances in local practices.

17th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Data Privacy on Trial

Oct 31,
2024


Location:
International House, UC Berkeley
Guest Speaker: Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker genannt Doehmann, LL.M.
(Georgetown Univ.), Chair Law of Digitalization, Institute for
Digitization, University of Cologne
Commentators: Sari Mazzurco, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University; Margot E. Kaminski, University of Colorado Law School

25th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute

Dec 5-6,
2024

Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Key Speakers: TBA
Two days of in-depth discussions on patent law with panels of leading experts.

Berkeley Law IP and Tech Month

Dec
2024

Location: B-CLE
Key Speakers: TBA
Highly focused, year-in-review live webcasts where you can hear experts explain the key cases from the prior year and their relevance. Pick the sessions that matter to you and attend virtually. 

13th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum

Jan 28-29,
2025

Location: B-CLE
Key Speakers: TBA
This two-day, online format conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics.

28th Annual BTLJ-BCLT Spring Symposium: AI Governance

Feb 27-28,
2025

Location: Residence Inn, Berkeley
Key Speakers: TBA
More details soon.

Advanced Internet & Computer Law Forum

March 19,
2025

Location: Virtual/Online
Key Speakers: TBA
With the growing focus on internet and computer regulations, attorneys must stay on top of the changes. This forum brings together leading attorneys nationwide to discuss the hottest issues and the most worrying trends. Critical issues including AI regulation, content moderation, platform regulation, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and competition/antitrust issues will be discussed.

Global AI Regulation Forum

May 1,
2025

Location: Virtual/Online
Key Speakers: TBA
With the rush to regulate AI, the developing rules are complex and often contradictory. Between the regulations being developed at the national levels and the local levels, keeping up with the trends is almost impossible. This forum focuses on these international issues and their impact on AI. Global experts will discuss the local realities and provide guidance on how to bridge the differences between jurisdictions.

10th Annual Berkeley Law Sports & Entertainment Conference

April 4,
2025

Location: Online/Virtual
Key Speakers: TBA
Bringing together leading executives, management professionals, attorneys, athletes, talent, and students to discuss leading topics in sports, entertainment, law, and business.

3rd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute

April 16-17,
2025

Location: Virtual/Online
Key Speakers: TBA
The rapid advancement in life sciences technologies has made keeping up with legal implications more important than ever. At this institute, you will learn from the experts about cutting-edge issues impacting your life sciences practice.

Trade Secret Litigation & Protection Forum

June 10,
2025

Location: In-person, TBA
Key Speakers: TBA
Trade secret protection is among the fastest-growing areas of IP Law. Whether you are working with employee issues, collaborators, or competitors, trade secret protection and theft should always be top of mind. The processes for litigating trade secrets are nuanced and heavily jurisdiction-dependent. This forum brings together the nation’s leading experts to discuss these nuances and the trends in various jurisdictions.


Recent Past Events

Most past events are still available for CLE credit for approximately 18 months after the event. Go to B-CLE to explore our catalog of courses.

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2nd BCLT Advanced Life Sciences Institute

May 21-22,
2024

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
Virtual, B-CLE Webcast
The rapid advancement in life sciences technologies has made keeping up with legal implications more important than ever. At this institute, you will learn from the experts about cutting-edge issues impacting your life sciences practice.

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media 2024

May 14,
2024

Location: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
This annual conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

AI and Evidence in Civil Litigation: An Introduction and Discussion of the Issues

April 12,
2024

Location: Goldberg Room, UC Berkeley School of Law
This program will provide an introduction to Artificial Intelligence followed by a discussion of some of the evidentiary challenges that it poses for civil litigation.

 

9th Annual Berkeley Law Sports and Entertainment Conference

April 5,
2024

Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Bringing together leading executives, management professionals, attorneys, athletes, talent, and students to discuss leading topics in sports, entertainment, law, and business.

1st Annual Cyber Security Lecture: Fancy Bear Goes Phishing

April 4,
2024

Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Key Speakers: Scott J. Shapiro,Yale University; Michael Rubin, Latham & Watkins; Josephine Wolff, Tufts University

BCLT’s first Cyber Cecurity signature lecture series presented by Scott Shapiro on “Fancy Bear Goes Phishing” where he will discuss how what makes is the internet so vulnerable, and how we can respond to related issues.

Angela Zhang Book Talk | High Wire: How China Regulates Big Tech and Governs Its Economy

April 1,
2024

Location: 141 Law Building, Berkeley Law & Online (Zoom)
Guest Speaker: Angela Zhang, USC School of Law

A Conversation on AI Governance

March 22, 2024

Location: UC Berkeley
Key Speakers: Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University; DJ Patil, First U.S. Chief Data Scientist, and Jennifer Chayes, Dean of the UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society.

2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture & Spring Tech 1L Careers Fair

March 20,
2024

Location: University Club, California Memorial Stadium
Key Speakers: Colleen Chien, BCLT; Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law; Director Kathi Vidal, USPTO
BCLT’s annual signature lecture with a reception and careers fair to connect BCLT sponsors and 1L Berkeley Law students for current and future hiring and networking.

12th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum

March 7, 2024

March 14, 2024

March 15, 2024

Location (hybrid): Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley and streaming

Location: Online/half-day

Location: Online/half-day

This multi-day, hybrid and online format conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics.

Chinese IP Law and Practice: Frontier Lectures

March 5,
2024

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
B-CLE
Speakers: Xiaoxia (Sarah) Zhang, King & Wood Mallesons

In this lecture, Ms. Xiaoxia (Sarah) Zhang from King & Wood Mallesons introduces the recent progress of trade secret enforcement in China with exemplary cases and statistics.

Developments in the Patent Courts

Feb 20, 2024

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Session 2: Let the UPC Games Begin—Jurisdictional Shenanigans or Innocent Growing Pain?
Location:
 B-CLE
Speaker: Steve Carlson, Robins Kaplan LLP; Alexander Harguth, Preu Bohlig & Partners

UPC strategy depends on understanding the options and local preferences for evidence development.  While it is theoretically one court, national preferences and national practices still weigh heavily on UPC evidence issues.  This webcast explains the current options, preferences, and differences in key UPC jurisdictions.

Developments in the Patent Courts

Feb 6, 2024

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Session 1: UPC Developments: Seizures, evidence, and expert reports
Location:
 B-CLE
Speaker: Steve Carlson, Robins Kaplan LLP; Konstantin Schallmoser, Preu Bohlig

UPC strategy depends on understanding the options and local preferences for evidence development.  While it is theoretically one court, national preferences and national practices still weigh heavily on UPC evidence issues.  This webcast explains the current options, preferences, and differences in key UPC jurisdictions.

Litigation Funding in the IP Space: What can we expect now?

Jan 23, 2024

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
 B-CLE
Speaker: Jonathan Stroud, Unified Patents

The impact of litigation funding in the IP space continues to grow.  As District Courts get more involved in identifying the sources of litigation funding and those actually controlling the litigation, interesting facts are coming to light.  But not all litigation funding is the same.  Jonathan Stroud from Unified Patents provides insight into some of the most prolific funders in the IP space.

2023 BCLT 1L Tech Law Careers Fair

Nov 16,
2023

Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
An opportunity for all 1L Berkeley Law students interested in tech law to get in front of law firm attorneys and recruiting teams, practice by practice, and learn about the roles they need to fill now and in the future.

AI as an inventing tool – its implications on patent law and policy

Nov 15, 
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
  Online/Zoom
Key Speakers: Dr. Yuan Hao, BCLT; Rob Merges, BCLT; Colleen Chien, BCLT

This roundtable discussion aims to achieve a dual goal: clarifying the real AI challenges to human creativity and IP + facilitating a vibrant discussion from diverse stakeholders regarding the future of IP.
Details coming soon.

BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Life Sciences

Nov 14, 
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location: B-CLE

Keynote Speaker: Robin “Bobbi” Rosen Spector, FTC
Presented by BCLT Life Science Law & Policy Center and PrivLAB

The Privacy Law Forum: Life Sciences conference will explore key issues at the interface of life sciences technologies and privacy and cybersecurity legal regimes.  In-house counsel, practitioners, regulators, and academics will join to share their perspectives, research, and analysis of what you need to know now to handle urgent privacy concerns, and what you will want to watch for the future.  This is a must-view program for anyone who is encountering privacy issues in the context of the life sciences ecosystem.

Roundtable Discussion on U.S. Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry on Copyright and Artificial Intelligence

Nov 13, 
2023

Location: Zoom
Key Speakers: David Bamman, UC Berkeley School of Information; Ben Brooks, Stability AI; Sy Damle, Latham & Watkins; Caleb Donaldson, Google; Scott Evans, Adobe; Miriam Kim, BCLT, Munger, Tolles & Olson; Kevin Madigan, Copyright Alliance; Pam Samuelson, Berkeley Law; Derek Slater, Proteus Strategies; Brian Smith, Roblox; Abigail Hing Wen, Author/Film Producer

Join thought leaders as they discuss the questions raised by the U.S. Copyright Office in its notice of inquiry regarding copyright and artificial intelligence (AI). The Copyright Office will use the record it compiles in response to the NOI to advise Congress and inform its regulatory work on AI. The initial comment deadline is October 30, and reply comments are due on November 29. To help everyone in evaluating the initial comments and developing reply comments, BCLT is bringing together thought leaders to discuss their comments and viewpoints.

Symposium Celebrating Pamela Samuelson

Nov 3, 
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
University Club, California Memorial Stadium, UC Berkeley
Key Speaker: Judge Pierre Leval, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Symposium and celebration to honor the career and impact thus far of Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley.

4th Annual BTLJ-BCLT Fall Symposium – California Constitutional Privacy at 50: Power of State Law and Promoting Racial Justice in the Digital Age

Oct 27,
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Key Speakers: Dean Erwin Chemerinksky, Berkeley Law; Paul Schwartz, BCLT; Savala Nolan, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law
Bringing together leading academics and practitioners actively working on California privacy as well as diverse thinkers with perspectives from around the country.

6th Annual Berkeley Law AI Institute

Oct 11-13, 
2023

Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley and Online/Livestream
Key Speakers: Colleen Chien, BCLT; Sonia Katyal, BCLT; Miriam Kim BCLT; Brandie Nonnecke, BCLT; Wayne Stacy, BCLT
A three-day executive program at the intersection of law, business, and technology. 

The Law of Using Third Party Content and Data for Training Algorithms and Generative AI

Oct 10, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
 B-CLE
Speakers: Ian Ballon, Greenberg Traurig
Presented by Greenberg Traurig
CPE Credits Available

With the rush to use AI technology, many are exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.  Undoubtedly, the exact boundaries of permissible uses are still in flux.  Some boundaries, however, are already well marked.  Developers are simply ignoring them.  In this wonderful program, Ian Ballon describes the boundaries that we know and the boundaries that have yet to be set.  He even gives important tips about dealing with these boundaries in typical tech transactions and product development.

Biotechnology & Inventorship – What You Need To Know

Oct 3, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Part 3: Transactions and Inventorship: Best Practices for Diligence and Covenants

Location: B-CLE
Speakers: Brent Sokol, Greenberg Traurig; Prashant Girinath, Greenberg Traurig; Allison Schmitt, BCLT
Presented by Greenberg Traurig

In this three-part virtual series, BCLT & Greenberg Traurig discuss the law of biotechnology patent inventorship in patent prosecution, trade secret and patent litigation, and commercial transactions. The aim of this virtual speaker series is to educate biotechnology stake holders (scientists, entrepreneurs, funders, and their attorneys) on best practices for determining inventorship and addressing disputes, so that they may conduct their business affairs with greater certainty.

Biotechnology & Inventorship – What You Need To Know

Sept 26, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Part 2: Trade Secrets and Inventorship: Disputes and Best Practices

Location: B-CLE
Speakers: Brent Sokol, Greenberg Traurig; Greg Bombard, Greenberg Traurig; Allison Schmitt, BCLT
Presented by Greenberg Traurig

In this three-part virtual series, BCLT & Greenberg Traurig discuss the law of biotechnology patent inventorship in patent prosecution, trade secret and patent litigation, and commercial transactions. The aim of this virtual speaker series is to educate biotechnology stake holders (scientists, entrepreneurs, funders, and their attorneys) on best practices for determining inventorship and addressing disputes, so that they may conduct their business affairs with greater certainty.

16th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Murky Consent

Sept 22, 2023


Location:
University Club, California Memorial Stadium, UC Berkeley
Key Speakers: Daniel Solove, George Washington Law School; Ari Ezra Waldman, UC Irvine School of Law; Rebecca Wexler, BCLT; Paul Schwartz, BCLT
Annual signature lecture series presented by Daniel Solove on “Murky Consent: An Approach to the Fictions of Consent in Privacy Law” where he will discuss how “murky consent” will help resolve intractable problems with privacy consent.

Generative AI as a Creativity Tool? A Program to Explore Implications

Sept 22, 
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Key Speakers: Pam Samuelson, BCLT; Christopher Sprigman, NYU Law School; Anthony Bourached, University College, London
A half-day conference to consider the current state of discourse about generative AI as well as focus on ways in which societies have adapted to previous disruptive technologies and the prospects of societal adaptations to generative AI technologies

Biotechnology & Inventorship – What You Need To Know

Sept 19, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Part 1: Inventorship Determinations: Disputes and Best Practices
Location:
 B-CLE
Speakers: Brent Sokol, Greenberg Traurig; Micheal Hebert, Greenberg Traurig; Allison Schmitt, BCLT
Presented by Greenberg Traurig

In this three-part virtual series, BCLT & Greenberg Traurig discuss the law of biotechnology patent inventorship in patent prosecution, trade secret and patent litigation, and commercial transactions. The aim of this virtual speaker series is to educate biotechnology stake holders (scientists, entrepreneurs, funders, and their attorneys) on best practices for determining inventorship and addressing disputes, so that they may conduct their business affairs with greater certainty.

Cybersecurity, SEC disclosures, and the Boardroom

Sept 12, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
 B-CLE
Speakers: Ted Claypoole, Womble Bond Dickinson

The SEC’s new rules on cybersecurity disclosures provide a threshold level of good-governance practices.  They also leave those preparing 8-Ks and 10-Ks with significant ambiguity and risks. Ted Claypoole of Womble Bond Dickinson gives us an introduction to the SEC rules and the new role–at least new for some–of the board, corporate attorneys, and cybersecurity professionals.

US-China Science and Technology Cooperation

August 7, 2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
Virtual (Zoom)
Key Speaker: John Holdren, Kennedy School
Discussion about the renewal of the US-China Science and Technology Agreement. The agreement plays an important historic and symbolic role in promoting US–China cooperation on numerous shared challenges.

Berkeley Law IP and Tech Month

June
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
B-CLE, Online
39 highly-focused, year-in-review live webcasts where you can hear experts explain the key cases from the prior year and their relevance. Pick the sessions that matter to you and attend virtually. Now available on-demand for CLE at B-CLE.

Europe’s (not so?) Unified Patent Court: Nationalist Nuances and Fragmentation

June 27,
2023

Available for viewing on B-CLE
Location:
Robins Kaplan LLP Office Building
Key Speakers: Wayne Stacy, BCLT; Steve Carlson, Robins Kaplan; Alexander Harguth, Preu Bohlig (Munich); Konstantin Schallmoser, Preu Bohlig (Paris)
Celebration for the book launch of “Patent Litigation Through the Unified Patent Court and German Courts,” just in time for the inauguration of Europe’s new patent court.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please contact Richard Fisk at rpfisk@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7 business days in advance of the event.



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