BCLT Events

Google v. Oracle: An Initial Appraisal

April 20, 2021
1:00 –2:00 P.M. (PT)
Online (Zoom login info provided upon registration)
This event will also be live-streamed on the BCLT home page

Free registration

On April 5, the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in one of the most consequential copyright cases of our time, Google v. Oracle. In ruling that fair use permitted Google to incorporate elements of the Java API into its software for the Android phone, the Court clarified standards not only for fair use as applied to software but also arguably for other copyrighted works as well.

Our assessment of this momentous decision will be led by Profs. Peter Menell and Pamela Samuelson. In addition to filing amicus briefs in the case, they have written extensively about it and the broader issues of software copyright. They will be joined by Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein, who argued the case for Google, and by Prof. Sean O’Connor of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

This event is free. CA MCLE credit will be provided.

Tech, Trade and China 2021: The Future of Multilateral Approaches to China Tech Policy

April 27, 2021
9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. (PT)

Free registration

On April 27th, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology will host its third annual Tech, Trade and China program. The agenda this year will cover the role of international organizations such as the WTO and WIPO, climate change collaboration, criminal justice cooperation, export controls, the impact of tariffs and other sanctions, cooperation on IP issues, and development of analytical tools to assess China’s technological emergence.

Quantum Leap: Developments in China IP Law Over the Past Two Years

May 6, 2021
Pacific Time: Thursday, May 6th, 2021, 4:30 P.M.–6:00 P.M. 
China Time: Friday, May 7, 2021, 7:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M. 

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If you had one hour to spend to understand how China’s IP regime is changing, this is the program to attend. We will provide a synopsis of the major developments in patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, IP and antitrust, criminal IP reform, and litigation. The program will serve as a great introduction to a four part series on IP law developments in China, which this year will focus on litigation.
The program is free and open to the public. CLE credit will be available.
More details coming soon.

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

Co-organized with Media Law Resource Center

May 18-20, 2021


BCLT and the Media Law Resource Center are proud to present the next in this series of conferences that explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.  This year’s conference co-chairs are Lauriebeth Bugawan, Pandora, Ashley Kissinger, Ballard Spahr, and Kandi Parsons, ZwillGen.

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10th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum

Friday, Oct 8, 2021
Details TBA

Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, 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, companies, and government agencies will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

14th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Policing Families
Prof. Dorothy E. Roberts

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021
3:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M. (PT)


Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on social justice issues related to reproductive freedom, child welfare, and biopolitics.

In her 2021 BCLT Privacy Lecture, Prof. Roberts will explore themes from her forthcoming book on family policing. As predictive technologies are integrated into the child protection services and foster care systems, her analysis of the nature and impact of government surveillance on families will be especially timely.

22nd Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute

Co-organized with Stanford Law School

December 9-10, 2021
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building, Stanford University

More info TBA

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.

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

More info and session details

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Nathalie Coletta at natcoletta@berkeley.edu or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 business days in advance of the event.