2018 Events

December 6 & 7, 2018
East Palo Alto, 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.

Transnational IP Litigation

December 3-4, 2018
Beijing, China

A full-day conference, aimed at in-house counsel and law firm attorneys, to enhance their understanding of when and how to litigate on the other side of the Pacific. The Beijing program focused mainly on litigating in the US; a subsequent US-based session focused on the importance of China in a global litigation strategy.

Entity Formation and Funding: Legal Fundamentals for Startups

December 2, 2018
Shenzhen, China

Extending the scope of our Startup@BerkeleyLaw project, this one-day event was aimed at entrepreneurs in China seeking to understand the US venture capital and startup legal framework.

NACDL Conference: Combatting the Surveillance State

November 29-30, 2018
International House
UC Berkeley

This two-day conference sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers and BCLT discussed the government’s use of technologically-advanced investigative techniques in criminal cases, the issues they raise under the Fourth Amendment and other federal law, and strategies for how to defend cases involving such technologies.

The Role of the Courts in Patent Law and Policy

November 16, 2018
Washington D.C.

BCLT and Georgetown University Law Center collaborated to present this unique program, which focused on the role of the courts, with speakers from law firms, corporations, the academy, government, and, most especially, the judiciary.

FinTech and RegTech: Navigating Regulatory Complexity

November 15, 2018
San Francisco, CA
After the hype comes real change. It is clear that blockchain, AI, and other technologies are changing financial services and capital markets – and have huge potential for further disruption. However, government regulation, especially the highly complicated structures around banking and securities, may be impeding innovation. But some innovators are complying and thriving. How are they doing this? Featuring leading FinTech and RegTech innovators in the Bay Area, this half-day seminar explored the interface between innovation and regulation, with a focus on what works in three areas: Moving Money, Raising Money, and Managing Money (and Risk). Co-organized with BloombergLaw.
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CHINA Town Hall

October 9, 2018
Berkeley, CA

We hosted the webcast presentation by Condoleezza Rice followed by a panel discussion on trade and innovation issues.

AI Workshop

September  6 & 7, 2018
Berkeley, CA

In the past few years, AI has become a highly visible and important sector of the software industry, having considerable commercial significance. AI’s rapid adoption in the public and private sectors (ranging from medical to military) has raised urgent legal and policy questions. This workshop will bring together legal academics and scholars from sociology, computer science, and the humanities researching the impacts of AI, AI specialists, and lawyers and policy experts from leading tech companies to address the overlaps of IP issues (e.g., who owns the outputs of AI systems) and issues of fairness, accountability, transparency, and interpretability, bias, accountability, and governance. One expected result of the workshop will be a short statement or paper by the organizers outlining areas of convergence in understanding the legal significance of AI advances, plus an agenda for further legal and policy research.

Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

August 9 & 10, 2018
Berkeley, CA

The IPSC brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School; and the Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

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Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

May 30 & 31, 2018
George Washington Law 
Washington, D.C.

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, PLSC assembles 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.

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Annual Conference on Legal Frontiers in Digital Media

May 17 & 18, 2018 
Misson Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT co-hosts this annual conference, exploring emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Administrative Law of Intellectual Property

April 12 & 13, 2018
International House
UC Berkeley

The substantive law of intellectual property (IP) gets more than its fair share of attention from legal scholars and practitioners. There are, however, many important administrative law issues that affect the IP field. This two-day symposium turns a spotlight on a wide range of these issues in a cross-cutting fashion, comparing similarities and differences in administrative agency practices and policies in the patent, copyright, and trademark fields. Among the questions to be addressed: Should the Copyright Office become an independent agency or be merged with the Patent & Trademark Office? Will the Supreme Court, in the Oil States case, uphold the constitutionality of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings to adjudicate patent validity? How much deference should federal courts give to IP agency rule-making, issuances, and policy pronouncements? Should there be small claims courts for patent and copyright infringement?

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BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

March 23, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
East Palo Alto, CA

This event offered a unique chance to engage with renowned members of the UC Berkeley faculty and leading privacy practitioners. 

Topics included:

  • the global diffusion (or not) of EU data protection principles;
  • new requirements for the explainability of algorithms; and
  • the possibility that antitrust principles can be used to address concerns around market power and privacy.

Berkeley law faculty will present their research-in-progress while in-house counsel, government regulators, advocates, and lawyers from major firms offer practical insights. The always popular “practitioners’ panel” will provide useful takeaways on how to cope with evolving litigation, enforcement, and counseling demands.

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved by the State Bar of California for 5.75 general hours Continuing Legal Education credit. 

This activity is IAPP credit approved for 5.5 CPEs, Category A.

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