2009 Events

Friday, November 6th, 2009

In 2006, the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health, recommended the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) play a “bigger role in promoting” patent pools for upstream technologies relevant to developing countries. Patent pools have facilitated the creation of aircraft, DVDs, innovatiing from the SARS virus genome, and digital music files. Forming a patent pool for neglected disease or HIV/AIDS medicines could facilitate powerful innovation with immediate benefit to the health of millions.

More information is available at the conference website.



Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Co-sponsored by:
     The Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
     The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
     The Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice

As social-networking websites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter continue to become more popular, criminal and civil attorneys across the nation are using these websites to find evidence and personal information integral to their cases. However, the legal community has not reached consensus on the legal and ethical issues involved in using these sites for investigations.

The conference will address these issues including: the legal and ethical considerations in obtaining information overtly (with subpoenas and warrants) and covertly (using pseudonyms to reach out to witnesses online); best practices for successfully using information obtained from social-networking websites; how to regulate the use of social networks; and how social media has impacted the legal profession.

More information is available at the conference website.



Oct 15th, 2009

Patent assertion and licensing activity between productive companies can have more impact on a business than “the troll problem”.  At this conference we will analyze the “why” and “how” of patent cross-licensing. Experienced licensing experts will discuss the key issues that arise in drafting a cross-license and various ways to resolve them.

More information is available at the conference website.


The 2nd Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 4th & 5th, 2009

Co-sponsored by:
The Future of Privacy Forum

BCLT and The George Washington University Law School held the second annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 4-5, 2009. 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 is available at the conference website.


May 2009 FTC Hearings

Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
May 4th & 5th, 2009

Co-sponsored by:
Federal Trade Comission
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Berkeley Competition Policy Center

The Federal Trade Commission held its final two days of hearings in a series exploring the evolving market for intellectual property on May 4-5, 2009, in cooperation with BCLT. The hearings explored how markets for patents and technology operate in different industries, whether those markets operate efficiently, and how patent policy might be adjusted to better promote innovation and competition. The hearings were part of an ongoing series examining changes in patent law, patent-related business models, and new learning about the patent system since the October 2003 FTC report on promoting innovation.

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2009 Privacy Lecture

March 18th, 2009

BCLT’s 2009 Privacy Lecture featured an address by Richard A. Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. Responses to Professor Epstein’s 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture were made by Professor Orin Kerr and Assistant Professor Erin Murphy.

Audio and photographs from the conference are now available.



13th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

March 6th, 2009

Co-sponsored by:
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology

In 2003, California led the way in enacting Security Breach Notification (SBN) laws, which require data holders, including many businesses and government agencies, to tell consumers when personal information has been lost or accessed by others without authorization.  In the past six years, many breaches have been disclosed, implicating hundreds of millions of records about individuals.  Many questions remain concerning the scope of SBN laws, their effectiveness and cost, the incentives and disincentives created by SBN laws, and the nature of the duty of care emerging from expanding SBN and information security laws.  The BCLT/BTLJ 2009 Symposium will organize leading thinkers and key decision makers from law, computer science, and economics to present original scholarship on these issues and make recommendations for federal data security approaches.

Audio and PPT’s from the conference are now available.


February 6th, 2009

Valuation of patents is an important part of corporate patent strategy and effective portfolio management. At this conference, we will present  the perspectives of market participants (operating companies, brokers, aggregators, etc.), law professors, economists, and valuation specialists on how to put a value on patents, patent families and patent portfolios in various contexts, such as buying/selling, corporate accounting, and mergers and acquisitions. We will also discuss patent quality metrics and their application to valuation.

Audio and PPT from the conference is available.

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