2021 Events

Toward A Deeper Understanding: Berkeley Asia IP SEP Talk Series 2021

Talk IV – The 5G+ / IoT Challenges
December 14
Virtual event

In 2021, the Asia IP and Technology Law Project will host a four-part virtual series, which aims to facilitate in-depth conversations to address the underlying pervasive issues fueling these key challenges. Hopefully, these conversations can also serve as part of the basis to building more consensus and cooperation into the landscape of international SEP jurisprudence. 

22nd Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute

Paul Brest Hall, Munger Building, Stanford University
December 9 – 10, 2021

Co-organized with Stanford Law School, the APLI presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice.

Book Talk: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Cleantech: A Pathway for Developing Countries

Joy Xiang, Peking University School of Transnational Law
December 6, 2021

In her book, Joy Y. Xiang promotes both global cleantech development and international cleantech transfer for climate action and sustainable development. The book examines what it takes to build domestic cleantech innovation and outlines a pathway for developing countries to march toward it. The author observes that IP protection for cleantech is necessary for attracting international cleantech transfer. Developing countries may use available mechanisms in competition law and IP laws to address anticompetitive use of cleantech IPR.

China Law, Trade and IP 2021

Fall 2021

Intellectual property law in China is undergoing rapid change, with profound implications for the world. Following our successful 2020 launch series on Chinese intellectual property law, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology will present a second series of webinars, beginning October 6. The focus of this year’s series is on IP enforcement.

BTLJ-CMTL-BCLT Symposium | Race & Technology Law: Innovating Health Equity

November 10, 2021
Virtual Event

The nexus of technology and the law has played a major role in amplifying racial injustices in many of society’s institutions. The Symposium focuses on how race, technology, and the law intersect in the healthcare space. We have invited leading and rising legal academics to share their research and perspectives on the intersection of technology, law, and race within the American healthcare system. 

14th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Policing Families

October 28, 2021
Virtual Event
Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on social justice issues related to reproductive freedom, child welfare, and biopolitics. As predictive technologies are integrated into the child protection services and foster care systems, her analysis of the nature and impact of government surveillance on families will be especially timely.

China Stakes Out Its Place in Plant Variety Protection: An Update with Experts on PVP and Agricultural IP Developments in China

October 13, 2021
Virtual Event

China’s current plant variety regime focuses on policy and legislative initiatives, including work on a new Seed Law by the National People’s Congress. Yet, China has yet to accede to UPOV ’91, the latest version of the WIPO treaty to protect plant varieties. 

We will explore the public policy implications of China’s efforts to become a major force in new plant varieties, the technical aspects of China’s emerging plant variety regime, and how these changes fit into China’s overall IP practice.

Book Talk: Intellectual Property Law in China, 2nd Ed.

September 23, 2021
Virtual Event

Whether you are a fan or a critic, the rapid evolution of China’s IP system during the past forty years has had dramatic consequences for world trade, innovation and the global IP system. Mark Cohen of Berkeley Law, Peter Yu of Texas A&M, Li Yahong of University of Hong Kong and Daryl Lim of University of Illinois Chicago will discuss these important changes with the contributors to the second edition of a leading treatise on Chinese IP law.

China: A Patent Linkage Update

July 15, 2021

China committed to a patent linkage (Hatch-Waxman) regime linking pharmaceutical regulatory approval and patent infringement determinations in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement concluded with the United States in January 2020. The linkage regime is part of a series of pharmaceutical IP related reforms set forth in that Agreement.

With the enactment of China’s revised patent law, as well as the adoption of new rules on patent linkage on July 4, 2021 and a new Judicial Interpretation on July 5, 2021, the basic legislative framework for China’s new patent linkage regime is now in place. But how will these new rules work in practice?

Scraping Takeaways from Van Buren v. United States

June 15, 2021
Virtual Event

As a follow-up to our May 2021 virtual digital conference, we bring you hot takes on Van Buren v. United States, in which the Supreme Court held that the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act’s prohibition on “exceeding authorized access” to a computer is not triggered by exploiting granted access for unauthorized purposes. We will explore the implications of the ruling for websites’ efforts to prohibit scraping, data journalism, and other issues. 

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

Virtual Event
May 18 – 20, 2021

BCLT and the Media Law Resource Center are proud to present the next in this series of conferences that explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

May 13, 2021

Angela Huyue Zhang from the faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong will discuss her new book on Chinese Antitrust Exceptionalism. This book talk will focus on technology and IP in China’s antitrust regime.

Quantum Leap: Developments in China IP Law Over the Past Two Years

Virtual Event
May 6, 7, 2022

We will provide a synopsis of the major developments in patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, IP and antitrust, criminal IP reform, and litigation. The program will serve as a great introduction to a four part series on IP law developments in China, which this year will focus on litigation.

Tech, Trade and China 2021

April 27, 2021
Virtual Event

Should the U.S. cooperate or confront China on tech issues? Can the U.S. work with its allies to advance areas of common interests with respect to China? The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s third annual Tech, Trade and China conference consisted of three sessions:

  • The Role of the WTO and Trade Agreements in Technology and IP
  • Export Controls and Technology Collaboration
  • Common Challenges – Climate Change and Public Health

Google v. Oracle: An Initial Appraisal

April 20, 2021
Virtual Event

On April 5, the Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated decision in one of the most consequential copyright cases of our time, Google v. Oracle. In ruling that fair use permitted Google to incorporate elements of the Java API into its software for the Android phone, the Court clarified standards not only for fair use as applied to software but also arguably for other copyrighted works as well.

Our assessment of this momentous decision will be led by Profs. Peter Menell and Pamela Samuelson. They will be joined by Supreme Court advocate Tom Goldstein, who argued the case for Google, and by Prof. Sean O’Connor of the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

April 15, 16, 2021

Joel Reidenberg’s prescient article, Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules Through Technology, published in the Texas Law Review in 1998, urged policymakers to understand, consciously recognize, and encourage the evolution of these extra-legal influences to achieve optimal public policy outcomes. This symposium will honor the legacy of Reidenberg’s deep insights about Lex Informatica as policy levers and will explore respects in which Lex Informatica is working in the public interest and ways in which technology regulations could be improved.

Oral Advocacy at its Finest: Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore and District Court Judge Alan Albright Discuss What Works (and Doesn’t)

April 5, 2021

Whether you are an associate or a junior lawyer looking for insights into what is most helpful to judges or tips on the best ways to advance your positions and win for your clients, Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore and District Court Judge Alan Albright will share their views. The judges went out of their way to mentor and guided junior advocates and came together to share their views.

Co-organized with Winston & Strawn

Symposium: 25th Anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996—Looking Ahead to the Next Telecommunications Act

March 12, 2021

To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, this symposium explored possible facets of the next major telecommunications reform effort (whenever it may be), including technological convergence and regulatory power; race and diversity in communications law; institutional design and the Federal Communications Commission; and federalism and state power.

Co-sponsored with the Federal Communications Law Journal and hosted at The George Washington University Law School

Cyber-hate: Defining and Combating Antisemitism & Hate Online

Session 1: Translating Hate in the Digital World
February 4, 2021

Session 2:  Combating Online Hate: Law, Technology, and Society
March 4, 2021

This symposium explored the phenomenon of cyber-hate. What are the key issues and manifestations? What are the appropriate responses to online hate? What are the frameworks available— legal, social, technological — and possible constraints to responding? How do we evaluate the success of various solutions?

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Institute’s Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

Virtual Event
February 19, 2021

This Symposium explored the history of design patent protection and the evolution of the key ornamentality/non-functionality doctrine. The lead paper, Design Patent Law’s Identity Crisis authored by Professor Peter Menell and Ella Corren, framed the Symposium. Panels comprised of academic and practitioner commentators discussed the past, present, and future of design protection.

3rd Berkeley-Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP Litigation

Virtual Event
January 21 – 29, 2021

A distinguished group of judges, officials, practitioners and academics from the United States and China discussed issues such as SEP’s, trade secrets, patent linkage for pharmaceuticals, on-line enforcement, and trans-border legal ethics.