2016 Events

The 17th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 8 & 9, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

The 17th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute featured our nationally recognized faculty of leading judges, professors, litigators, patent attorneys and senior IP counsel from major corporations. 

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The Eighth Annual Patent Law and Policy Conference

December 1 & 2, 2016
Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center
120 F Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Two leading universities in intellectual property law – Georgetown University Law Center and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology – joined together to host a unique conference on patent law and policy. Topics to be covered will include Case Management, IPR Review, Case Law Year in Review and Patent Damages.

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The 5th Annual US-China IP Conference // Intellectual Property and Economic Transformation 


November 14 & 15, 2016
Shenzhen, China

The US-China IP Conference brings together senior policymakers, judges, academics and international practitioners from China and the United States to discuss important topics in IP, patent, security and privacy protection.

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The 9th Annual Privacy Lecture //
Google Spain and the Right to be Forgotten:
Bureaucracy, Civility, Democracy

October 6, 2016
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA
Yale Law School Dean (and former UC Berkeley law professor) Robert Post, one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars, presented the 9th Annual Privacy Lecture, with comments by a diverse panel of experts.
Leslie Kendrick, UVA Law School
Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law School

ChIPs Women in Tech, Law and Policy Global Summit 2016

September 14-16, 2016
Mandarin Oriental 
Washington, DC
Entrepreneurs, judges, policymakers, in-house counsel, IP practitioners and Berkeley’s own Pam Samuelson examined the latest developments in IP, with sessions on patents, copyright, trade secrets, tech transactions, and diversity.

The 15th Annual Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

June 13 – 14, 2016
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Berkeley, CA
The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy, and computer science.

The 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference: Washington DC

June 2 & 3, 2016
George Washington University School of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

PLSC assembles privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government).

PLSC is a paper workshop. There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available. Because authors’ drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors’ ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.

At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a “commenter” who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author’s paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in “listening” mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.

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The 9th Annual Legal Frontiers In Digital Media

May 19-20, 2016
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA

This conference explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

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The 20th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium 

Software IP: Intellectual Property Protections for Computer Programs – Past, Present and Future

April 14 & 15, 2016
UC Berkeley School of Law

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank and its denial of Google’s petition for certiorari in the Oracle software copyright case, new uncertainties exist about the roles that patents and copyrights are and should be playing in the legal protection of computer software.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, in conjunction with the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, hosted a symposium on April 14-15, 2016, in Berkeley, to consider the implications of the Alice and Oracle decisions, among others, on the software industry. It brought together law and economics scholars, industry representatives, and practicing lawyers to consider what the courts are getting right and wrong and how intellectual property law ought to evolve to do a better job for the industry and the public that so depends on software these days.

The symposium also included sessions on the roles of trade secrecy and trademark laws, as well as patents and copyrights.  Also featured was empirical research on the state of the  software industry and the roles of IP rights and business models on which software developers rely beyond IP.

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Old Regulatory Models, New Technologies: Lessons From The Sharing Economy 

April 12, 2016
The Hattery 

414 Brannan Street 
San Fransisco, CA

Attendees joined Engine and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology for an inside look at the issues that companies and policymakers face when disruptive technologies enter regulated industries. They heard from policy experts and some of the biggest players in the on-demand economy about their experiences and how lessons learned form tackling these regulatory challenges can be applied to other innovative sectors.

The 5th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

Friday, March 11, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

This full day conference brings together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, technologists, regulators, privacy advocates and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law will share their latest research and analysis on trans-Atlantic data flows, privacy by design, online advertising and other topics. Leading privacy experts from law firms, companies and other universities will offer fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

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Corporate Data and Human Rights: A Panel on Corporate Transparency and Accountability Around Internet Surveillance and Censorship

February 18, 2016
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
820 Burrows Hall, UC Berkeley
What obligations do Internet companies have to resist government demands to monitor and censor online behavior? How can companies be more transparent and accountable in how they respond to such demands? What tools can advocates use to confront government abuses and promote corporate accountability? Experts on Internet free expression and privacy, including BCLT Executive Director Jim Dempsey, addressed these issues. Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Human Rights Program, Social Science Matrix, the Center for Technology, Society & Policy at the UC Berkeley School of Information, and BCLT.