2010 Events

11th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute

December 9-10, 2010
Four Seasons Hotel ~ Palo Alto, CA

Presented by:
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley
The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology
The University of Texas School of Law

Come to Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley and join leading judges, academics and practitioners for two days of in-depth presentations. The nationally-recognized faculty includes IP counsel from Apple, Cisco, Yahoo! and Mozilla, practitioners from around the nation, and academics from Stanford and Berkeley.

Full program details can be found here.

The Legal System and Patent Damages

10:00 – 5:00 PM ~ Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley
Monday, October 18

A program by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Federal Circuit Bar Association.

This day long conference will feature:

  • academic panel,
  • corporate counsel panel,
  • keynote address by Chief Judge Randall Rader (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit),
  • trial attorney panel,
  • appellate panel, and
  • judges panel.

Click here for the schedule and conference details. Registration is closed.

Open Innovation Forum with Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Wednesday, September 29th

To help business principals and legal risk managers consider the challenges and opportunities of Open Innovation, Chadbourne & Parke LLP together with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology will host an interactive workshop to explore this topic from a variety of angles, drawing upon the contributions of leading proponents from policy, academic, law practitioner and business circles. Beyond (but certainly including) Open Source software, the conference will explore the risks and benefits of various Open Innovation models. Featuring precedents and participants from the hardware, communications, software, bio-tech/pharma, consumer product, Internet, financial services and clean tech industries, the objective is to explore how historical and emerging models from various industries may benefit your own enterprise without placing it out of balance. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to enable a more sophisticated understanding of the risk/reward ratios presented by various Open Innovation models, and how risk management initiatives and regulation can be fine tuned to allow organizations to leverage Open Innovation models for business success while minimizing harm to the enterprise and its end users or customers.

Click here for the conference schedule.

Launching the USPTO Economics Research Agenda

Friday, September 10th

On Friday, September 10, 2010, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) hosted a joint conference in Berkeley, CA. At the event, the USPTO unveiled the newly formed Office of the Chief Economist’s economic research agenda. Participants from academia and industry were invited to share their perspectives and discuss their own IP-related research.

Click here for the conference schedule.   Here is the conference report.

10th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 12-13th
CITRIS Building, Sutardja Dai Hall

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and to listen and discuss others’ works. The format of the conference is designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented will be works-in-progress that can benefit from the commentary and revision provided by participants in IPSC.

Abstracts for all sessions have been posted. Click here for more information.

The 3rd Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 3-4, 2010

Berkeley Law School and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the third annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 3-4, 2010. 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.

The U.S. International Trade Commission

Monday, May 17th

Over the past 15 years, patent litigation has become a prominent component of dockets in many federal district courts.  Home to Silicon Valley, the Northern District of California has taken a leadership role in confronting the challenges of complex, high-stakes patent adjudication through its Patent Local Rules and model jury instruction projects.  The International Trade Commission has also emerged as a prominent patent adjudication forum under its Section 337 authority.  The ITC’s relatively fast adjudication track and potent remedies have attracted a growing portion of patent disputes in recent years.

This conference will discuss the ITC’s growing role in patent adjudication, its distinctive case investigation practices, and how ITC investigations compare to district court patent litigation.  Patent litigators and in-house counsel will get to hear from many of the ITC’s key personnel and learn first-hand how this important patent enforcement institution functions.

The conference PPT and audio is now available.

Copyright @ 300

2010 will mark the 300th anniversary of The Statute of Anne, the first modern copyright law. Enacted in 1710 by the English Parliament, the statute represented a marked departure from the Stationers Company’s pre-modern “copie-right” regime which preceded it. Among other things, the Statute of Anne articulated a rationale for a grant of protection — encouraging learned men to write books; it vested rights in authors; it allowed copyright only in newly created books; and it limited the term of copyright to fourteen years, after which the book entered the public domain (unless the author renewed his claim for another fourteen years).

The tricentennial of the Statute of Anne is a suitable occasion for looking back at the law’s influence on the history and evolution of the Anglo-American copyright tradition. It is also an opportunity to look forward — to explore how the lessons from this history might help us surmount the challenges that lie ahead for copyright law in the twenty-first century.

Click here for more information.

Privacy – An Endless Debate?

Monday, April 5
12:45 – 1:45 pm ~ Boalt Hall Room 110

In this lecture, Professor Spiros Simitis will begin by discussing the famous article by William Prosser, Privacy, which appeared in the California Law Review fifty years ago.  He will identify the comparable approaches in other legal systems, and especially in German law.   He will also describe and analyze the gradual replacement of traditional privacy approaches by modern information privacy statutes, which are termed “data protection laws.”  He concludes with a depiction of the increasingly awkward situation of privacy against the background of a constantly expanding Internet.

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What’s New for Law & Policy About Cloud Computing?

As more and more computing activity shifts to the cloud, individuals and corporations are entrusting their data and its processing to third parties operating in a virtualized computing environment.  While new business models have arisen to meet the opportunity presented by cloud computing, many of the legal issues surrounding activity on the cloud remain unresolved.  Bringing together experts from government, corporations, academia, and law firms, the conference will address the new legal and policy questions that will have to be addressed in the cloud.

Conference website and registration now available!

Federal Trade Commission Privacy Roundtable – Booth Auditorium
Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it will convene its second privacy roundtable on January 28, 2010. The event, hosted by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Booth Auditorium. The second roundtable will focus on how technology affects consumer privacy, including its role in both raising privacy concerns and enhancing privacy protections. The roundtable will include specific discussions on cloud computing, mobile computing, and social networking. Details regarding the third and final roundtable, which will take place on March 17, 2010, in Washington, DC, will be announced at a later date.

The Privacy Roundtables are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Members of the public and press who wish to participate but who cannot attend can view a live Webcast.

Click here for more information. Watch the webcast here!