Right to Repair Under Siege Agenda


Friday, April 3, 2020
UC Berkeley School of Law

9:00 a.m.


Pam Samuelson, UC Berkeley

9:15 a.m.

Repair & IP
This panel will consider the potential tensions between repair practices and a range of intellectual property rights, from copyrights and design patents to trademarks and trade secrets. 

Robert Gomulkiewicz, University of Washington

Leah Grinvald, Suffolk University

Josh Sarnoff, DePaul University

Kit Walsh, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Pam Samuelson, UC Berkeley (moderator)

10:30 a.m. Break  
10:45 a.m.

Repair & Competition
This panel will explore the ways in which restrictions on repair affect competition, including markets for repair services, replacement parts, and new and refurbished goods.

Shubha Ghosh, Syracuse University

Claire Kelloway, Open Markets

Jeff MacKie-Mason, UC Berkeley

11:30 a.m.

Repair & Consumer Law
This panel will address a range of consumer law concerns, from warranties and unfair practices to privacy and security.

Abbye Atkinson, UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Maureen Mahoney, Consumer Reports

Aaron Perzanowski, Case Western

Duane Pozza, Wiley Rein

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.


Steven Jackson, Cornell University

1:45 p.m.

Repair & the Environment
This panel will confront the environmental implications of repair, its place within the circular economy, and the efforts of industry to internalize the environmental costs of new devices.

Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo

Sahra Svensson-Hoglund, Lund University, Sweden 

Kyle Wiens, iFixit

2:45 p.m.

Legislative Approaches
Our final panel will turn to pending legislative proposals, in the U.S. and abroad, designed to eliminate impediments to repair.

Chris Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley (moderator)

Gay Gordon-Byrne, Repair Association

Nathan Proctor, PIRG

Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology

3:45 p.m.

Closing Reflections

Aaron Perzanowski, Case Western 

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