BCLT Events


BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 23, 2018
Four Seasons
East Palo Alto, CA

Bridging academia and practice,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, and leading privacy experts from law firms and companies will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

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Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium 
The Administrative Law of Intellectual Property

April 12 & 13, 2018
International House
UC Berkeley

The substantive law of intellectual property (IP) gets more than its fair share of attention from legal scholars and practitioners. There are, however, many important administrative law issues that affect the IP field. This two-day symposium turns a spotlight on a wide range of these issues in a cross-cutting fashion, comparing similarities and differences in administrative agency practices and policies in the patent, copyright, and trademark fields. Among the questions to be addressed: Should the Copyright Office become an independent agency or be merged with the Patent & Trademark Office? Will the Supreme Court, in the Oil States case, uphold the constitutionality of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings to adjudicate patent validity? How much deference should federal courts give to IP agency rule-making, issuances, and policy pronouncements? Should there be small claims courts for patent and copyright infringement?

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Annual Conference on Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

May 17 & 18, 2018
Mountain View, CA

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT co-hosts this annual conference, exploring emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

May 30 & 31, 2018
George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, 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.

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Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 9 & 10, 2018 
Berkeley, CA

Annual US-China IP Conference

Details TBA 

The US-China IP Conference brings together senior policymakers, academics, and practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss important topics. 

The Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy

Details TBA

BCLT and Georgetown University Law Center collaborates to present this unique program, which focuses on the role of the courts, with speakers from law firms, corporations, the academy, government, and, most especially, the judiciary.
This year’s event has yet to have a confirmed date. Check back soon. 

BCLT Privacy Lecture
Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power

November 8, 2018
Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA
Lecture by:
Professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (forthcoming 2018).
Commentary by: 
Professor Maria Brincker, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Maria Brincker is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has published on a range of topics having to do with concrete aspects of our embodiment and our social and technological embeddedness, and how these dynamically shape our brains, minds and agency. She holds a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center and was previously an Arts and Neuroscience Fellow at the Italian Academy at Columbia University.
Professor Brett Frischmann, Charles Widger Endowed University Professor in Law, Business and Economics, Villanova University Law School
Shoshana Zuboff joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. One of the first tenured women at the school, she was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism. 

Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 6-7, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

Co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.