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.

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Solutions to the Software Patent Problem

November 16, 2012
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

an academic-oriented conference would debate the merits of software
patents. This conference is different.  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.  To extend the discussion, many
of the speakers and other interested experts will publish short essays
in Wired.com describing their proposed solution and advocating for its
adoption.  We hope conference attendees and Wired.com readers will
embrace the best proposals and catalyze real action towards solving the
software patent problem.


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

October 26, 2012
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

For many years, patent holders have made commitments to
license patents that are necessary to practice a standard on reasonable,
nondiscriminatory terms (RAND). The scope and content of that
commitment is now being debated and tested in several forums, including
US and foreign courts and regulatory bodies, the ITC, and the Standards
Setting Organizations (SSOs) themselves. 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? Does an offer have to be
RAND or just the negotiated result? Should injunctions or exclusion
orders be available and, if so, under what circumstances? Are purchasers
bound by prior RAND commitments? What reciprocal obligations are
permitted? What is the proper role of SSOs and should their rules be
updated? What should be the role of government regulators?

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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. The conference
is sponsored by BCLT, Loyola (LA) Law School, and the Renmin University
of China IP Academy.

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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 conference is co-sponsored by the
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the
Intellectual Property Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at
Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and
Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the
Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

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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). 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).

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Patent Institutions Summit

May 21, 2012
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA

Now that the America Invents Act (AIA) has been signed into law,
many of the most promising opportunities for continued progress in
improving the patent system lie in PTO initiatives and improvements in
dispute resolution.  Under Director Kappos’s leadership, the Patent
Office has instituted a wide range of administrative reforms and
data-driven initiatives aimed at better aligning the patent system.  The
Federal Circuit has taken a much more active role in addressing
perceived weaknesses in patent jurisprudence.  The district courts – led
by the Northern District of California – have made substantial strides
in improving patent dispute resolution.  And the ITC has emerged as a
major player in patent enforcement.  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. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law
& Technology and the Stanford Program in Law, Science &

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Conference on Web Privacy Measurement (WPM)

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

As the Web continues to transition from a static collection of
documents to an application platform, websites are learning more and
more about users. Many forms of Web information sharing pose little
privacy risk and provide tremendous benefit to both consumers and
businesses. But some Web information practices pose significant privacy
problems and have caused concern among consumers, policymakers,
advocates, researchers, and others. Data collection is now far more
complex than HTTP cookies, and the information available to websites can
include a user’s name, contact details, sensitive personal information,
and even real-time location. 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.

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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. Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection
Supervisor, will present the Keynote Address.

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Innovate / Activate 2.0

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

Intellectual property regimes seek to benefit society through a
variety of incentives, from improving access to encouraging innovation
to preserving public knowledge. However, evidence has been building to
suggest that there are substantial flaws in the design and
implementation of various IP regimes, leading to failures in policy and
harms to the public. As a result, active communities have formed to
address these shortcomings 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. But there’s much more that can be done.

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Orphan Works & Mass Digitization: Obstacles & Opportunities

April 12-13, 2012
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley CA

The Symposium is an output of the Berkeley Digital Copyright Project. Principle investigators are Professors Pamela Samuelson, Jason Schultz, and Jennifer Urban. David Hansen is the Project’s Digital Library Fellow.

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.

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Working with Asian Universities: A Practitioner’s Perspective

March 21, 2012
Boalt 100, 12:40 – 1:40 pm
Featuring Michael Lin, Marks & Clerk Hong Kong

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. Is it likely to continue? What do we learn
from it to strengthen our own competitiveness?

March 19, 2012
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA

Designers of the first electronic telephone switches nicknamed
them the “large immortal machines” because switches last decades.  The
1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requires
that all digital-switched telephone networks be built wiretap enabled;
the law took longevity of switches into account by authorizing funding
to update switches in place.  But by failing to analyze how threat
models would change in a highly connected IP-based world, CALEA did not
consider the longevity of switches prospectively.  As an architected
security breach, CALEA compliance is a ticking time bomb.  Alleviating
this is the subject of this talk.

Presented by Dr. Susan Landau with responses from Dr. Rolf H.
Weber and Dr. Felix Wu. Moderated by Professor Paul Schwartz.

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Social Networks and the Death of Privacy Featuring Author Lori Andrews

Monday, March 5
12:45 – 1:45 pm – Boalt 100

Facebook, with over 750,000,000 members, is equivalent to the
third largest nation in the world, yet it has no Constitution. 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.

Visit the event page for more information. Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and boalt.org.

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.  US Speakers will include Peter
Menell, Berkeley Law, BCLT, Sean O’Connor, University of Washington
School of Law, Jennifer Urban, Berkeley Law, and Jonathan Stern,
Director of Legal Affairs for Red Bull North America, Inc.

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Music Business Conference 2012: Recession Proof

Saturday, February 4

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment
attorneys discussed the music industry in the current economic climate.
Attendees took advantage of numerous networking opportunities while
enjoying live music performances by local artists. 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.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center For Law & Technology,
California Lawyers for the Arts and the Sports Entertainment and Law
Society at Berkeley Law. Visit the conference page for more information.

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

This event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law &
Technology and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law,
Economy and Society. Visit the conference page for more information.

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. Moreover, the US and European Union approach
this topic in different ways. Finally, computer science has shown that
PII and non-PII are not immutable categories. 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.” A panel discussion will follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Microsoft Innovation &
Policy Center, BCLT and the George Washington University Law School.

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