BCLT Events

3rd Berkeley-Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP Litigation Transnational IP Litigation at a Time of Trade Tension

What impact have bilateral trade tensions had on private IP dispute settlement between the United States and China? What practical strategies should rightsholders consider?

Hear from a distinguished group of judges, officials, practitioners and academics from the United States and China, discussing such issues as SEP’s, trade secrets, patent linkage for pharmaceuticals, on-line enforcement, and trans-border legal ethics.  Among the US judges that have already confirmed are:

  • Hon. Ray Chen, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Jeremy Fogel, Exec Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute; former Director, Federal Judicial Center; former District Judge for ND Cal
  • Hon. Andrew Guilford, former District Judge for CD Cal
  • Hon. Kent Jordan, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Hon. Randall Rader, former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
They will be joined by a star-studded cast of colleagues from the US and China, including judges, in-house counsel, law firm practitioners and academics.

This conference will be online.

Day 1: January 21, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST) 
Day 2: January 22, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST) 
Day 3: January 28, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST) 
Day 4: January 29, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST) 

CLE credit will be offered to paid attendees and BCLT sponsors.
The goal of the program is to foster a deeper understanding among practitioners, judges and policy makers of the increasingly important role of cross-border litigation, especially for Chinese and American companies. The program is an outgrowth of collaboration between Berkeley Law and Tsinghua Law.  It is produced by the Asia IP Project of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Judicial Institute. Donate here to support the work of BCLT’s Asia IP Project.

Innovation, Regulation, and Intellectual Property in the Life Sciences: A Webinar Series

Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Series registration

Full Series: $300
BCLT Sponsor Full Series (50% discount): $150
Single Session: $75
Students: complimentary

This 5 part webinar series will explore recent developments in regulatory law and intellectual property issues affecting innovation in the life sciences. The first two webinars in the series are set: One on the new patent law in China and its implications for the life sciences and one on regulatory developments at the FDA. Other webinars in the series are planned around innovative foods (genetically engineered, processed, and medical foods); drug pricing, licensing and antitrust issues; and questions associated with human genetics data (privacy, data sharing and national efforts to limit cross-border flows of data).

Session 1 – Nov. 17, 2020: China’s Emerging Regime for IP and Life Sciences

Session 2 – Dec. 3, 2020: Intellectual Property and FDA Innovation

Session 3 – January 28, 2021: Food Innovation

Session 3 Registration

Session 4 – February 11, 2021: Drug Pricing

Session 4 Registration

Session 5 – March 4, 2021: Sharing Data for Research and Development

Session 5 Registration

More info and session details

Friday, February 19, 2021
Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Technology Law Journal


This Symposium will explore the history of design patent protection and the evolution of the key ornamentality/non-functionality doctrine. The lead paper, Design Patent Law’s Identity Crisis, authored by Professor Peter Menell and Ella Corren, will frame the Symposium. Panels composed of academic and practitioner commentators will discuss the past, present, and future of design patent protection.

Symposium: 25th Anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996—Looking Ahead to the Next Telecommunications Act

March 12, 2021

Co-sponsored with the Federal Communications Law Journal hosted at The George Washington University Law School.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, this symposium will explore possible facets of the next major telecommunications reform effort (whenever it may be), including technological convergence and regulatory power; race and diversity in communications law; institutional design and the Federal Communications Commission; and federalism and state power.

Call for abstracts (deadline January 11, 2021).

25th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium
Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules through Technology

April 15-16, 2021


In digital networked environments, laws and regulations are not the only source of rulemaking. Technical standards, the configuration of software, the architecture of hardware, and industry articulations of best practices also affect how information flows are permitted or forbidden. Joel Reidenberg’s prescient article, Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules Through Technology, published in the Texas Law Review in 1998, urged policymakers to understand, consciously recognize, and encourage the evolution of these extra-legal influences to achieve optimal public policy outcomes. This symposium will honor the legacy of Reidenberg’s deep insights about Lex Informatica as policy levers and will explore respects in which Lex Informatica is working in the public interest and ways in which technology regulations could be improved.

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