2014 Events

15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

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

Event Recording

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).

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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

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

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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 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA
Event Recording

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

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. There are many significant implications, from international relations through energy policy to privacy. Network effects make regulation hard; we need to start thinking in a more grown-up way about what it means to live in a networked world.

14th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 7 – 8, 2014.

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, Berkeley School of Law
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.

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The Seventh Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

June 5 – 6, 2014
The Marvin Center
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).

The Seventh Annual Conference on Emerging Legal Issues Surrounding Digital Publishing and Content Distribution

May 15 – 16, 2014
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA

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

USPTO Multistakeholder Forum on the DMCA Notice and Takedown System

May 8, 2014
1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
The David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA

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.

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

May 1, 2014
8:00 A.M. – 5:45 P.M.
Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA

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 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.

The Next Great Copyright Act

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.

The 3rd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

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. Panel topics included Privacy and Mobile Payments, Harmonizing Privacy and Innovation, and Big Data. A Panel  also addressed important practical lessons for privacy practitioners.

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.

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

February 26, 2014
5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

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.

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

February 24, 2014
8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
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.

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

February 8, 2014
9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley School of Law

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.