2002-2008 Events


The 1st Annual Privacy Scholars Conference

June 12-13, 2008
The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

Berkeley Law School and The George Washington University Law School have joined forces to launch the first annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC). The PLSC aims to assemble 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. It will bring together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). Our goal is to enhance ties within the privacy law community and to facilitate dialogue between the different parts of that community (academy, government, industry, and public interest).

More information can be found here.


April 2008 Privacy Lecture

Co-sponsored by:
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Center for the Study of Law & Society
Institute for Global Challenges and Law
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice.

BCLT presented its 2008 Privacy Lecture — featuring an address by David Cole, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center — on the intersection between privacy and national security law. Responses to Professor Cole’s 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture were be made by David S. Kris, Esq. and Professor John Yoo. The moderator of the 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture will be Paul M. Schwartz, Professor of Law, U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Audio from the event is now available!



April 18th, 2008

Co-sponsored by:
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University Law School.

With the explosive growth of online advertising, businesses and their counsel must be aware of new technologies, their legal implications, and evolving legal risks in the field. The Law and Business of Online Advertising brought together academics, practitioners, business leaders, and technology experts to discuss legal, policy, and technical developments in online marketing.  This intensive event began with two tutorials led by Professor Hal Varian (Chief Economist, Google) and Microsoft’s Kim Howell on the economics and technology of online advertising, followed by panels which explored online advertising issues faced by consumers, publishers, and advertisers.

Audio from the event is now online!



12th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

BCLT’s Twelfth Annual Symposium will explore the role of intellectual property, and in particular patent law, on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. We have invited speakers from a broad range of disciplines, including economics, law, business and other fields.  We have also invited attorneys, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who have been actively involved in the information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and green technology sectors. At the Symposium we will also introduce BCLT’s project on IP & entrepreneurship, launched this year with the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  We will discuss the current state of knowledge about the field of IP & entrepreneurship and our plans for empirical and theoretical research.

Conference website including PPT is now available.


11th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

Co-hosted by:
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Institute for Information Law ~ University of Amsterdam

BCLT’s 11th Annual Symposium will draw attention to a range of issues from technological, business, academic, artistic, and public interest sectors in the United States and abroad. We expect a diverse audience of high tech lawyers, information technology and content industry representatives, technologists, and policymakers.

Audio, PowerPoint slides, and photos from the conference are now available!

August 2006 IPSC

Boalt Hall School of Law
August 10th & 11th, 2006

BCLT and the Stanford Program in LST co-hosted the 6th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference. The IP Scholars Conference brought together over 120 intellectual property scholars to discuss their works-in-progress.

The conference web site includes all the conference papers and audio from every lecture can be found here.

10th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

March 2nd – 4th, 2006

Most scientists concur that human embryonic stem cell research holds considerable promise for advancing human health. In 2004, California voters endorsed a bold initiative (Proposition 71) to fund stem cell research by the issuance of $3 billion in bonds, which will be allocated over a 10 year period to researchers. However, foundational legal and policy issues remain to be resolved – from intellectual property rights to other ownership issues (e.g., the form of donor consent), to how (and whether) the state of California should expect to recoup its investment in the research, to name just a few. This conference seeks to provide insights and recommendations from leading thinkers that will enable California’s bold initiative to be successful. These are among the issues that will be addressed at this tenth annual symposium.

The conference web site, which includes audio recordings of every session and a tutorial video, can be found here.

January 2006 Paris Antitrust

Ecole des Mines, Paris, France
January 12th & 13th, 2006

BCLT, at the Boalt Hall School of Law, and the Ecole des mines de Paris co-sponsored the third Paris conference on telecommunication Law. This year’s focus was Balancing Antitrust and Regulation in  Network Industries: Evolving Approaches in Europe and United States.

William Kovacic (Commissioner-nominee, FTC) and Philip Lowe (Director  General, DG Comp) delivered the keynote speeches. Hon. Douglas H.  Ginsburg (Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.) and  Hon. Guy Canivet (First President, Cour de Cassation) compared the  approaches on both sides of Atlantic. The balance between Antitrust and Regulation was addressed in Telecommunications and Energy sectors by distinguished legal and  economic scholars. A round-table “Should Network Industries Have Sector-Specific Merger  Policy” closed the Conference.

The 2006 program can be viewed here. 

9th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

April 1st, 2005

Is spyware the latest form of malware, along with viruses, worms, spam, and file-sharing of illicit content? Or are technologies embedded in users’ computer systems that monitor certain functions and offer updates, services, or ads for products users might want an engine of e-commerce that should remain unregulated and indeed encouraged? How does and how should the law define “spyware”? What kind of notice and consent should be required before installation of such software is permitted? What obligations (if any) do makers of spyware or users of spyware have as to collection and transmission of personally identifiable information? Are some forms of spyware surveillance unlawful, even criminal? Does spyware make user computers more insecure? What intellectual property rights (if any) are implicated by spyware that serves ads to users of websites that have their own ads to offer? Should states or the federal government regulate spyware, or is effective regulation impossible given the global nature of the Internet and the ease with which off-shore servers can provide havens? These are among the questions that were addressed at the ninth annual conference, co-sponsored by BCLT and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

The conference web site, which includes conference pdf’s and a tutorial video, can be viewed here.

8th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

April 15th &16th, 2004

On April 15 and 16, 2004 the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology held a major policy event. Along with the Federal Trade Commission and the National Academy of Sciences, BCLT brought together scholars, lawyers, and policy-makers to discuss both the substance of patent reform and how it might be implemented. Government officials, judges, academics, lawyers, and industry representatives convened to discuss the most significant recommendations made in the FTC and NAS reports and decided where to go from there. The conference featured presentations of the FTC and NAS reports, keynote speeches, and a roundtable of industry leaders. The conference also included substantive debates on several key reform proposals: changes to the obviousness standard, proposals for opposition and post-grant review, and changes to litigation rules.

The conference web site, which includes conference pdf’s and a transcript of the entire symposium, can be viewed here.

7th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

February 27th – March 1st, 2003

What will Digital Rights Management technologies mean for the future of information? This pivotal conference assembled the leading thinkers from industry, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector to confronting the many controversies surrounding digital rights management. The conference was brought to you by The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ), the Samuelson Law, Technology & Pubic Policy and the School of Information Management & Systems (SIMS) at the University of California, Berkeley.

The conference web site — which includes conference papers, audio, and video — can be viewed here.