2013 Events

The 14th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute

December 12-13, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

Co-organized by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Stanford Law School. Join a nationally recognized faculty of leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations for the Advanced Patent Law Institute.

14.0 hours of CLE credit will be available, including 1.75 hours in Legal Ethics.

Visit the conference page for more information.

Balancing Privacy and Opportunity in the Internet Age

December 12, 2013
Santa Clara University
9:00 am – 1:00 PM

BCLT Professors Schwartz, Hoofnagle and Mulligan will speak at an Informational Hearing of the Hearing of the California Assembly Judiciary and Business & Professions Committees and the Select Committee on Privacy, at Santa Clara University.

Topics include: Personal Information, Privacy and the Internet: An Overview; Are Disclosure-based Approaches to Privacy Protection Working, and If Not, Should They Be Improved, or Should Other Approaches Be Considered? and  Looking Forward: Future Privacy Challenges and Possible Government Responses.

For more information, please visit the page.

Developments in California Privacy Law: Assessing the Present and Predicting the Future

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
55 Second Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
8:00 am – 10:30 am

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Paul Hastings present a Privacy Roundtable to discuss the impact of recent changes in California privacy law. Hear from leading experts and top policymakers about the recent Assembly session and the likely future direction of California privacy law.

Earn up to 1.5 hours of CLE for this program.

The Fifth Annual Patent Law and Policy Conference

November 1, 2013
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 120 F Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Two leading universities in intellectual property law from both coasts – Georgetown University Law Center and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology – have joined together to host a unique conference on the role of the courts in patent law and policy.

For program details, please visit the conference page. 




Altai @ 21: Software Copyrights Revisited

Friday, October 25, 2013
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will bring together intellectual property professionals with experience in software protection issues to consider these and other questions.

Proposed structure for the discussion:

  • Recapping the unsettled state of software copyright law prior to Altai and the cases since Altai
  • What is and should be the scope of protection for interfaces of computer programs? To what extent is or should interoperability be a defense to software copyright infringement claims? What is the right doctrinal framework for addressing these questions?
  • How useful and appropriate is the Altai “abstraction, filtration, comparison” test? How well or poorly have courts applied it in subsequent cases?
  • What kinds of procedures, processes, systems, and methods of operation embodied in programs are excluded from copyright protection under sec. 102(b)? What is the right approach to making this sort of determination?
  • What aspects of programs are patentable and/or copyrightable? To what degree do these protections overlap? To what extent do they play distinct roles in protecting software innovations?
  •  What will the Federal Circuit do in the Oracle v Google case?

USPTO Software Partnership Meeting

October 17, 2013
Booth Auditorium
Berkeley, CA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce the next Software Partnership Meeting on October 17, 2013, at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA 94720, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  The Partnership Meeting is an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to share ideas, experiences and insights and to provide a forum for an informal discussion of many topics specific to the software community.

Visit uspto.gov for more information.

Privacy Roundtable: Pulling the Curtain Back to Reveal the New World of Web Tracking

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Offices
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA

Join us for a breakfast roundtable in Palo Alto on October 16, 2013 at the law offices of WSGR to hear from a panel of experts to discuss what’s really occurring on your website as well as its business and privacy impact on your company.

1.5 hours of CLE credit will be available.

ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit

October 1-2, 2013
Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
1330 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology is a proud co-sponsor of the second annual ChIPs Women in IP Global Summit. The summit will bring together women leaders from across industry, private practice, government, judiciary, administrative agencies, academia, and more to engage in dialogue on cutting edge issues relating to intellectual property. This year’s agenda will include substantive panels, fireside chats and relationship-building opportunities with intellectual property’s most influential, innovative and strategic leaders from Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, and beyond, who have been at the forefront of forging new ground in their fields.

Visit chipslaw.org for more information. Participation is by invitation only.

Law & Tech Program Orientation

BCLT’s Orientation provides insight into the Law & Technology Program at Berkeley Law. New students can meet representatives from the BCLT faculty and staff, our eight affiliated student groups and the Samuelson Clinic.

Click here to listen to the audio from the orientation.

The Supreme Court and DNA Patents: A Myriad of Ramifications

Monday, July 1, 2013
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Panel Discussion: 3:30-5:30 PM
Networking Reception: 5:30-7:30 PM

In Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics, Inc., a unanimous Supreme Court held that isolated naturally-occurring human DNA is not patentable subject matter, but synthetic c-DNA is patent eligible. On July 1, The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati will co-host a panel on the meaning and impact of the Court’s decision.

2.0 hours of CLE credit will be available for this panel. 

6th Annual Privacy Law Scholar’s Conference

June 6-7, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley CA

UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School will be holding the sixth annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 6-7, 2013. 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).

17th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet age?

April 18-19, 2013
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley CA

Copyright formalities, such as registration of claims and placing notices on copies, may seem outdated, pedestrian, and… well… boring. They are anything but.  Formalities, which in the past three decades have largely disappeared from American copyright law, may be about to stage a comeback.  Why?  Because copyright formalities may be one of the most important strategies for reconciling copyright law and the challenges of the digital age.  This conference will consider, among other things, the useful role that formalities can play in addressing today’s copyright challenges, what kinds of formalities might best serve the interests of authors and of the public, economic considerations posed by formalities, the need for appropriate technological infrastructures to support new formalities regimes, and some constraints that the Berne Convention may pose for the design and implementation of new formalities regimes.

Developer Patent Summit

April 9, 2013
Offices of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
San Francisco, CA

The software patent system poses a significant challenge for developers. Patent trolls, product life cycles shorter than the patent process, and general uncertainty threatens to stifle innovation and growth in the app industry. The Application Developers Alliance is connecting experts with developers to discuss this critical issue. Join us along with industry leaders to enjoy a great conversation, food, beverages, and networking.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology is a proud co-sponsor of the Developer Patent Summit: San Francisco.


6:00 PM Welcome (registration, drinks, food, and mingling)   

6:30 PM -7:45 PM Brief presentation followed by a panel-led conversation, and Q&A   

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Enjoy beer, wine and food, meet the panel, and network

Get more information and register for free at http://devsbuild.it/devpatentsummit/sf

The Silicon Valley Technocrats: Evgeny Morozov on his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here

Monday, April 1
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

As part of the Samuelson Clinic Privacy Scholarship Series, author Evgeny Morozov will discuss his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here, The Folly of Technological Solutionism.

The Big Ideas flowing from Silicon Valley often focus upon applying some technological solution to the many intractable problems of life. Morozov’s new work challenges readers to interrogate these technological solutions–is technology adequate for solving the problem? Will technological approaches obscure the political agendas and incentives of the solution provider? Are these “problems” actual problems, or instead could they be attributes of society that give meaning and possibility to a moral life? Discussants include Chris Hoofnagle, Director of Information Privacy Programs at BCLT and Jenna Burrell, an Assistant Professor in the School of Information.

Video from this event is now available at http://media.law.berkeley.edu/qtmedia/Privacy/20130401_Privacy.mp4

The 2nd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 21, 2013
Four Seasons Silicon Valley
East Palo Alto, CA

The second annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum will feature leading academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in privacy law. Berkeley Law faculty will present cutting-edge scholarship, and panelists will discuss the implications for ‘real world’ information privacy law problems.The keynote will be presented by Travis LeBlanc, Special Assistant Attorney General at the California Department of Justice.Panel topics include the EU-US Privacy Collision, Privacy and The Price of Free, The Management of Privacy Processes: the CPO And Beyond, and Technology and Privacy Design.

6th annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Data Access & Retention

February 28, 2013
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

Government data surveillance law in Europe and the United States has reached a turning point for the future of information privacy online.   The democracies on both sides of the Atlantic are trying to balance the legitimate needs of the law enforcement and intelligence communities to access online transactional data with the basic rights of citizens to be free from state intrusions on their privacy.    However, the US and EU regimes offer an impossible dilemma for the existence of effective information privacy protection.   American law generally focuses on access restraints for government to obtain privately held information and ignores the collection and storage of data.   By contrast, Europe emphasizes rules related to the collection and retention of data and focuses less on due process obstacles for government access.   In each system, proportionality and the privatization of state surveillance activity become keys to the transparency of citizen’s data.   But the reliance on proportionality is untenable and the imposition on private actors to resolve the balance between state and individual interests creates a fundamental undermining of online privacy.

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Music Business Seminar 2013: Fast Forward! Protecting and Selling Music in the Digital Age

Saturday, January 26, 2013
UC Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys will discuss protecting and selling music in the digital age. Attendees will take advantage of numerous networking opportunities while enjoying live music performances by local artists. Panel Topics include Creative Music Licensing, The Live Music Business, Artist Management, The Streaming Music Business, Creative Collaborations and Partnerships, Music Licensing Basics, The Role of Labels in the Digital Age.

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