2017 Events

18th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 14-15, 2017
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA

Co-organized by BCLT and 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. 

Full agenda

Reno at 20: The Internet and Contested Content, Then and Now

December 8, 2017
9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
St. Regis Hotel
125 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA

Twenty years ago, the US Supreme Court’s decision in Reno v. ACLU established the framework for internet free speech and liability that remains in place today. This conference considered the continuing viability of the Reno vision in the face of multiplying concerns about sex trafficking online, terrorist content, election interference, and other forms of contested content.

The conference brought together key architects of the legislative, litigation and grassroots strategies that culminated in the Reno v. ACLU decision and those in industry, advocacy groups, and academia currently shaping internet policy. Topics included the Reno vision of the internet; strategy for internet policy advocacy – then and now; and challenges to free expression online today. We examined the international dimensions of internet free expression, the impact of changing business models, and the raging debate over corporate responsibility.

The goals of the conference were to provide a richer view of the advocacy that produced the Reno v. ACLU framework; to document continuing and unique challenges facing the internet today; to put the past and present in conversation about the future of the internet; and to identify opportunities for research, community building, and action to address today’s challenges.

View the full agenda here
View the conference video here

Sponsored by
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Center for Democracy & Technology
Electronic Frontier Foundation
High Tech Law Institute Santa Clara University School of Law
Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Special thanks to Mozilla for generous funding. 

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved by the State Bar of California for 6.75 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.

The 10th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture
Open Data, Trust, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier

 November 16, 2017
3:30 P.M. 
The Faculty Club
Berkeley, CA

Professor Christine L. Borgman
Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA

Erwin ChemerinskyDean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law,
UC Berkeley School of Law
Katie Shilton, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies,
University of Maryland
Paul Schwartz,
Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law and Co-director,
Berkeley Center For Law & Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law

The 10th Annual Privacy Lecture was presented by Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, and Director of the UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures. Prof. Borgman explored the clash between two trends: one is for academic researchers to provide open access to their data in connection with grants and publications; the other is for universities to accumulate vast amounts of data about the activities of their communities.
A complete video of the privacy lecture and comments is online at: https://youtu.be/TO5tgaAiXnw

Borgman is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. Her most recent book is Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (MIT, 2015).


The Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy

November 3, 2017
Washington, D.C.
BCLT and Georgetown University Law Center collaborates to present this unique program, which focuses on the role of the courts, with speakers from law firms, corporations, the academy, government, and, most especially, the judiciary.

2017 ChIPs Women in Tech, Law and Policy Global Summit

October 17-19, 2017
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

ChIPs members are united in their belief that diversity, of all types, is essential to innovation and to a thriving, healthy society. The annual summit of 550+ women brings together primarily senior executives and counsel, but also many on the rise.

For more information about ChIPs visit their website here.

Annual US-China IP Conference

October 13, 2017
Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA

The USChina IP Conference brought together senior policymakers, academics and practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss five important topics:
(1) Recent Developments in US and Chinese Patent Law
(2) Legal Issues in New Media and Content Industries
(3) Legal Issues in the Video Game Industry
(4) New Trends in IP Litigation, Courts and Enforcement
(5) Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Visit the event website for the agenda, speakers list, and sponsorship information. 

The conference is an annual event co-hosted by:Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology nand China Renmin University IP Academy.

Vera Jourová, European Union Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
“Between freedom and security: The future of justice on the Internet”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
3:00 P.M.
Goldberg Room
UC Berkeley School of Law

Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, is best known for putting in place the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework one year ago, and, for introducing landmark legislation on data protection in the EU. In the meantime, a heated discussion is taking place in Europe around the rule of law online, ranging from privacy and consumer protection to fighting online hate speech and terrorist propaganda. The European Commission is planning to issue proposals on how to address these problems. In her speech, Commissioner Jourová set out the EU’s views on how to seize the opportunities of the Internet while tackling new risks and threats.

The 10th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC)

June 1 & 2, 2017
Claremont Club & Spa
Berkeley, CA
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).

The 10th Annual Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

May 18 & 19, 2017
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA
This conference, co-sponsored by Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) and BCLT, explores emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

The 21st Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium 
Platform Law: Public and Private Regulation of Online Platforms

April 20 & 21, 2017
International House
UC Berkeley

What is the proper legal model or models for understanding the platform phenomenon? What burdens and responsibilities should these platforms face? What is the right mix of  government and corporate policy that would support human rights, social values, traditional public policy goals, competition, and innovation? These were among the questions addressed in this two day symposium, which brought together scholars in law, computer science, business and economics, political science, and government regulators, practitioners, corporate representatives, and public interest advocates.

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The 6th Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 24, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel
East Palo Alto, CA

This full day conference brought together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, technologists, privacy advocates and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law shared their latest research and analysis on trans-Atlantic data flows, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and government access demands. Leading privacy experts from law firms and tech companies offered fresh insight and practical advice on these and other urgent privacy challenges.

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