2014 Events

15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 11 & 12, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
2050 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA

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A nationally recognized faculty of leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations attended the Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley (APLISV).

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 14.5 hours CLE credit including 1.25 hours in Legal Ethics by the State Bar of California.

Please Note: We did not produce printed binders this year. There was a printed program given out at the conference with the schedule and there are links on this website to the materials.

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The 6th Annual Patent Law and Policy Conference

November 7, 2014
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 120 F Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

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Georgetown Law and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology are proud to have hosted the sixth iteration of the Patent Law and Policy Conference.

US-China IP Conference

November 7, 2014
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA

This all-day conference brought together senior policymakers, academics and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss important topics. This conference is an annual event co-hosted by Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; and China Renmin University IP Academy.

USPTO Multistakeholder Forum on Improving the Operation of the DMCA Notice and Takedown System

October 28, 2014
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall
UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley, CA

Event Webcast Available Here »

The goal of the forum was to provide a collaborative space through which stakeholders identified best practices and developed voluntary agreements for improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system.

Privacy vs. Government Surveillance: Where Network Effects Meet Public Choice


Presented by Professor Ross Anderson with responses by Carl Shapiro, James Aquilina, and Anupam Chander. Moderated by Paul Schwartz, Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law.

The Snowden revelations teach us that many of the world’s governments share intelligence behind the scenes. Thirty years ago, a non-aligned country like India could happily buy its military aircraft from Russia; nowadays, although it still buys some planes from Sukhoi, it shares intelligence with the NSA. A rational actor will join the biggest network, and the Russians’ network is much smaller. This points us to a deeper truth: that information economics applies to the public sector, just as it applies to private business. The forces that lead to pervasive monopolies in the information industries – network effects, technical lock-in and low marginal costs – are pervasive in the affairs of states too, once we look for them; they are just not yet recognized as such. There are many significant implications, from international relations through energy policy to privacy. Network effects make regulation hard; the USA failed to protect US attorney-client communications from Australian intelligence, just as Australia failed to protect its own citizens’ personal health information from the NSA. There are some upsides too; but to identify and exploit them, we need to start thinking in a more grown-up way about what it means to live in a networked world.

For more information, visit the event page.



The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) at the UC Berkeley School of Law hosted the 14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 7 and 8, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property and Information 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. The IP Scholars Conference brought together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress and listen and discuss others’ works. The format of the conference was designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas.

You can see the schedule, a list of speakers, their abstracts, and their papers, as well as information about past conferences.

USPTO Copyright Roundtable Discussion on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages

July 30, 2014
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA

This roundtable discussion sought input from the public on (1) the legal framework for the creation of remixes; (2) the relevance and scope of the first sale doctrine in the digital environment; and (3) the appropriate calibration of statutory damages in the contexts of (i) individual file sharers and (ii) secondary liability for large-scale infringement.

For most recent event announcements and updates, visit the USPTO Copyrights page

Webcast available here.

The Seventh Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 5 & 6, 2014
The Marvin Center
Washington, DC

UC Berkeley School of Law and The George Washington University Law School hosted the seventh annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) on June 5-6, 2014, at the Marvin Center in Washington, DC.

The PLSC assembled 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 brought together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). PLSC’s goal was 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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The Seventh Annual Conference on Emerging Legal Issues Surrounding Digital Publishing and Content Distribution

Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA
May 15th & 16th, 2014

The conference explored emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world. The conference featured six sessions running from 1:00 p.m. on May 15, with an early evening reception, through 1:00 p.m. on May 16.

This year’s conference explored:

  • Digital Video Convergence
  • Scraping Content
  • Digital Media in the Age of NSA Surveillance
  • Mobile Legal Issues
  • Online Advertising & Privacy Regulations
  • Venture Capital

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6.5 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. 


USPTO Multistakeholder Forum on the DMCA Notice and Takedown System

May 8, 2014
The David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a Multistakeholder Forum on the DMCA Notice and Takedown System that was held on May 8, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm in Berkeley, California at the David Brower Center (located at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704).  Members of the public were invited to attend. The goal of the forum was to provide a collaborative forum through which stakeholders identified best practices and/or developed voluntary agreements for improving the operation of the DMCA notice and takedown system.

For more details about this event, please visit this page.


Innovation and Intellectual Property: A Tribute to Suzanne Scotchmer’s Work


MAY 1, 2014 | 8:00 AM – 5:45 PM

Professor Suzanne Scotchmer, of the UC Berkeley Economics Department, School of Public Policy, and School of Law, was among the most influential economists of her generation.   She has published in elite law reviews as well as leading economics journals. Her book, Innovation and Incentives (MIT Press, 2004) is a classic in the field. She has been especially important with respect to her insights about cumulative innovation; these have moved the field away from the simplistic single-stage innovation model that once predominated in the IP field.To capture a range of perspectives on her influence while it is still fresh in the minds of the influenced will help carry her legacy forward.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6.25 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Law and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

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In March of 2013 Maria Pallante, the Register of the U.S. Copyright Office, expressed her interest in working toward a comprehensive revision of U.S. copyright law, which she has optimistically called “the next great copyright act.”  Congressman Goodlatte, chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee, has decided to explore this idea by holding a series of hearings about copyright reform issues.  The Department of Commerce has recently published a Green Paper about the need for some updates to U.S. copyright law.  Although the drafters of the Copyright Act of 1976 hoped that this legislation would prove to be flexible and forward-looking enough to serve the country well over time, consensus has been building in recent years that the current law needs an overhaul so that it is more comprehensible and provides a better framework for enabling copyright law to adapt to the challenges posed by emergent technologies.  This conference brought together scholars, policymakers, and representatives of various stakeholder groups to consider what changes would make for a next great copyright act.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 12.25 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


The 3rd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

Friday, March 14, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

The third annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum featured leading academics and practitioners discussing the latest developments in privacy law. UC Berkeley Law faculty and conference panelists discussed cutting-edge scholarship and explore ‘real world’ privacy law problems. The keynote speaker was Jan Albrecht, Member, European Parliament, and rapporteur for the Data Protection Regulation. Panel topics included Privacy and Mobile Payments, Harmonizing Privacy and Innovation, and Big Data. A Panel  also addressed important practical lessons for privacy practitioners.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 6.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

For more information, please visit the event page.



Developments in California Health Privacy Law: Present and Future Trends

February 27, 2014
Paul Hastings LLP

55 Second Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Paul Hastings presented a Health Privacy Roundtable to discuss California health privacy law– and why it matters more than ever. Participants heard from leading experts about recent developments and the likely future direction of California law in this critical area.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved for 2.0 hours MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.

For more information, please visit the event page


Expert Witnesses: Maximizing Their Effectiveness – A Regional CLE Workshop

February 26, 2014
2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

BCLT is sponsoring an ABA Regional Workshop of the ABA Section of Litigation Expert Witness Committee entitled Expert Witnesses:  Maximizing Their Effectiveness.


A Conversation With the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

How should we strike the right balance between national security and privacy and civil liberties in federal counterterrorism programs? Join members of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to discuss the importance of government transparency regarding counterterrorism efforts, international issues raised by US surveillance programs, the impact of NSA programs on US industry and the Internet, and the Board’s role going forward.

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a bipartisan independent federal agency. Chairman David Medine and board members Rachel Brand, Elisebeth Collins Cook, and James Dempsey will discuss the Board’s recent report and recommendations on the NSA telephony metadata program and reform of the operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

For more information, visit the event page.


February 2014 Law in the Global Marketplace: Intellectual Property and Related Issues

February 24, 2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
UC Hastings
200 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA
Room: ARC

The protection of intellectual property rights is increasingly defined by global markets and territorial laws. On February 24, 2014, UC Hastings will host a Seminar on Law in the Global Marketplace: IP and Related Issues, sponsored by Hogan Lovells and co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. The Seminar will address key issues in IP law on three continents – Asia, North America and Europe, focusing on key issues in each region and the interplay between them. A list of speakers and topics will be announced soon.Immediately followed by a post-conference reception in the Sky Room located at 100 McAllister.

For more information, please visit the page

Music Business Seminar 2014: 21st Century Musician: Making A Living Making Music

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Boalt, Booth Auditorium
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Music industry professionals, artists and entertainment attorneys will discuss the “21st Century Musician: Making a Living Making Music.” Attendees can take advantage of numerous networking opportunities while enjoying live music.