2012 Events

13th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute

December 6 – 7, 2012
Four Seasons Hotel
Palo, Alto, CA

Join a nationally recognized faculty of leading district judges, academia, patent prosecution, litigation experts and senior IP counsel
from major corporations such as Twitter, Netflix and Google, in the heart of Silicon Valley for Advanced Patent Law Institute. This year’s
program takes an in-depth look at winning strategies for prosecuting and litigating patents, with a special focus on the America Invents Act.

Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

November 16, 2012
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Rather than having another debate, this conference will use a premise–that software patents are a
problem–as a springboard for discussing ways to address those problems.  In rapid succession, patent experts at the conference will
present innovative proposals (ranging from abolishing software patents to company/industry self-help), debate their relative merits, and discuss how they might be implemented.

RAND Revisited: Current Developments in the Law of Standards-Essential Patents

October 26, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

At this conference, economists and legal scholars will join practitioners from law firms and
corporations to discuss these developments and the future of RAND, addressing such questions as: What is a RAND royalty and how should it be determined? Under what legal theories (contract, estoppel, antitrust, etc. ) can the RAND obligation be enforced?

New Developments in Chinese IP Law: Copyright Revisions and Enforcement Challenges

October 4, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

This all-day conference will bring together senior policymakers, academics and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss two important topics: (1) Revisions to the Chinese Copyright laws, which will significantly impact U.S. and Chinese companies operating in the China market; and (2) enforcement challenges and strategies in China for holders of Chinese IP rights.

Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 9 – 10, 2012

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues. 

The 5th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 7 – 8, 2012
George Washington University
Washington D.C.

Co-hosted by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, 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).

Patent Institutions Summit

May 21, 2012
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA

The Patent Institutions Summit brings together key officials from the principal patent institutions to discuss and exchange ideas on the next era of patent system evolution. With significant patent reform unlikely for the foreseeable future, the PTO, Federal Circuit, district courts, and ITC will play critical, front-line roles in improving the patent system.  Coordinating their activities and measuring/evaluating their progress will be essential to the next phase of progress.

Conference on Web Privacy Measurement (WPM)

May 31 – June 1, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

At present there are few restrictions on and scant transparency in Web information practices. There is a growing chasm between what society needs to know about Web tracking and what the privacy measurement community has been able to bring to light.

Berkeley Law Privacy Forum: Silicon Valley

April 26, 2012
Four Seasons Silicon ValleyPalo Alto, CA

Join the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for cutting-edge BCLT scholarship and discussion surrounding real world information
privacy law problems.

Innovate / Activate 2.0

April 20 – 21, 2012
Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Active communities have formed to address the shortcomings of the intellectual property regime and the important issues they raise, such as the tension between free speech and efforts to expand copyright’s scope and enforcement tools; the importance of fair use and follow-on creativity; the role of alternative licensing systems such as Creative Commons or the GNU Public License; the appropriateness of patent protection for software and business methods; and the conflict between overpatenting of pharmaceuticals and broad access to medicines and diagnostic technologies.

Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities

April 12 – 13, 2012
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley CA

In 2006, the US Copyright Office recommended legislation to allow unlicensed reuses of in-copyright works whose rights holders cannot be located through a reasonably diligent search to solve the “orphan works” problem. Contributing causes to this problem are a lessening of copyright formalities (such as notice of copyright claims on copies of works and voluntary registration of copyright claims) and several extensions of copyright terms. The European Commission has recently proposed a directive that would also open up greater access to orphan works in Europe.

Working with Asian Universities: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 21, 2012
Boalt 100
12:40 PM – 1:40 PM

There has been a growing trend for US multinationals to partner with Asian universities for basic research and other kinds of technical collaboration, especially in India, China and Japan. There are specific reasons why this trend is growing faster than partnering with US and European universities.

The 5th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture

March 19, 2012
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA

By failing to analyze how threat models would change in a highly connected IP-based world, 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) did not consider the longevity of switches prospectively. As an architected security breach, CALEA compliance is a ticking time bomb.

Social Networks and the Death of Privacy Featuring Author Lori Andrews

March 5, 2012
Boalt 100
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

In Lori Andrews’ new book, I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy, Andrews explores what it would mean to develop a Constitution for social networks. She analyzes what concepts like freedom of expression, right to privacy, due process and the right to a fair trial might mean in the social network context.

The 7th Hawaii Conference: Emerging Law & Policy Issues in the Entertainment Industry

February 18 – 22, 2012
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Honolulu, HI

BCLT continues its collaboration with the Center for Law and Technology at Seoul National University for the 7th Annual Hawaii Conference. This year’s event will focus on Emerging Law & Policy Issues in the Entertainment Industry. 

Music Business Conference 2012: Recession Proof

February 4, 2012
10:00 AM – 6:00 AM

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys discussed the music industry in the current economic climate. Panel Topics included Financing and Cost Cutting Measures; DIY Marketing – Having an Online Presence; Changes Due to Digital and Social Media; Using Music to Sell Movies, Commercials, and Video Games; Creating Your Own Music App; Legal Aspects of Music Videos; and Creative Collaborations.

Israel through the High-Tech Lens: An International Conference at Berkeley Law

February 1 – 2, 2012
Haas School of Business and Berkeley Law Berkeley, CA

BCLT and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society are co-sponsoring this two-day interdisciplinary
conference which will bring together business leaders, scholars and policy makers from Israel and from the US to discuss business, legal, economic and social aspects of the Israeli High-Tech world. The conference will have over 35 speakers and 10 diverse sessions addressing a range of topics including: models of tech-sector investment, green-tech trends, legal challenges to US-Israel business collaboration, global corporations’ involvement in Israel, labor-market diversity, cross-border collaboration in the Middle East and high-tech entrepreneurship.

The PII Problem

January 5, 2012
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
Washington, D.C.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is one of the most central concepts in information privacy regulation, but there is no uniform definition of it. On January 5, 2012, Professors Paul Schwartz and Daniel Solove will present their new paper, the PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information, which discusses personally identifiable information and proposes a concept entitled “PII 2.0.”