BCLT EventNews


Week of January 13, 2020

 

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series

“Don’t Blame Tech Companies That Software Laws Are Outdated”

Tuesday, January 12, 2020
1:55 – 2:00 P.M.
Room 100

Advances in e-commerce have yielded many benefits, but they have created a very complex ecosystem: Goods and services are made by one party, shipped by another, sold by another, and delivered to your doorstep by yet another. When IP disputes arise, who should be responsible? Blame is often lodged against the technology companies that facilitate e-commerce. Come learn how patent, trademark, and copyright law struggle to keep up with advances in technology, and how it will impact your career in IP.

Jeremy Elman, Counsel at White & Case, is an IP trial lawyer with nearly two decades of experience for Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing startups. He has served as trial counsel for cases in the International Trade Commission and federal courts in California, Nevada, Texas, and Florida. Prominent clients have included Apple, Samsung, Sony, The Coca-Cola Company, Nike, Hard Rock, HP, Blackberry, Citrix, Seagate, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Aristocrat Technologies.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students.

Lunch is served for students staying for the entire presentation.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors only.


BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series

“Winning by Design: Making the Most of Design Patents”

Wednesday, January 14, 2020
1:55 – 2:00 P.M.
Room 100

What are design patents and how do they fit into a company’s IP strategy? Come hear about unique uses of design patents and the latest trends in design patent protection and enforcement.

Sheila Swaroop, partner at Knobbe Martens, has served as a passionate advocate and formidable litigator representing businesses of all sizes, ranging from small, fast-growing companies to major, established brands and market leaders. Her industry experience and technological know-how are extensive and include life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical and dental devices, and consumer goods. A registered patent attorney, Sheila advises on pre-litigation strategy and enforcement, as well as the litigation of disputes through trial and appeal.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students.

Lunch is served for students staying for the entire presentation.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors only.



UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Fenwick & West 1L Winter Socials

January 14, 2020
5:30 P.M.
New York

January 15
5:30 P.M.
San Francisco & Santa Monica


Knobbe Martens 2020 1L Spring Reception

January 16, 2020
6:00 P.M.
Berkeley


Haynes and Boone 1L Reception

February 5
6:00 P.M.
Berkeley



ACADEMIC OFFERINGS

Course Offering

The Law 298 Group Directed Research Course New Technologies and War Crimes Investigations will be offered for 2 units in Spring 2020.



LAW & TECH OPPORTUNITIES

 

Research Assistants Needed

Professor Wexler is seeking to hire one or more 2Ls or 3Ls as research assistants to work on projects involving data privacy. Please submit a resume via short cover email to Tyler T Slay tslay@law.berkeley.edu.


Knobbe Martens Diversity Scholarship

Knobbe Martens is proud to announce the Knobbe Martens 1L Diversity Scholarship for the summer of 2020.  This scholarship is open to qualified first-year law students interested in IP law. For more information, click this link

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.


Kirkland and Ellis 1L Diversity Scholars Program

Deadline to apply is January 23, 2020.


White & Case 1L Fellowships

IP Litigation Fellowship

Summer 2020 – Applications accepted beginning December 1, 2019 and will be considered on a rolling basis through January 13, 2020

As a 1L Intellectual Property Litigation Fellow, you will participate in our Summer Program in our New York or Silicon Valley office and a portion of your summer working off-site at a Firm client. The in-house portion will broaden your scope and allow you to see how clients view legal problems.

You will participate in all aspects of the Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference in New York, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and social events. You will gain valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice law here. We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important to your professional growth, and you will receive feedback regarding your work over the course of the summer.

Successful 1L Fellows will be invited back for their 2L summer. In addition to the normal Summer Associate salary, IP Litigation Fellows will be eligible to receive a US$15,000 scholarship upon receiving and accepting a full-time associate position. In addition, the Firm will pay costs related to the patent exam after acceptance of a full-time employment offer.

For more information, email recruit@whitecase.com

 

IP Diversity Fellowship

Applications accepted beginning December 1, 2019 and will be considered on a rolling basis through January 13, 2020

As a White & Case 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient, you will participate in our ten-week Summer Program in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or Washington, DC. Fellows will participate in an intensive training program in New York leading up to our US Summer Associate Conference.

As a fellow, you will partake in all aspects of the Summer Program, including our training sessions, the US Summer Associate Conference, ongoing mentorship opportunities, networking with our lawyers and attendance at social events. You will also gain valuable insight into what we do and what it means to practice law simply by working with and observing our lawyers. We know that timely and meaningful feedback is important to your professional growth, and you will receive feedback regarding your work over the course of the summer. A successful fellow will be invited to return to the Firm for the following summer.

For more information, email recruit@whitecase.com


Spring and/or Summer 2020 Technology and Civil Liberties Internships with ACLU

The ACLU of Northern California in San Francisco is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for Spring and/or Summer 2020 Technology and Civil Liberties Internships . Details about the internships and the application process are available on the ACLU website. The ACLU also offers internships in reproductive justice, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, and litigation.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis.


2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites law students to participate in the 2020 National Patent Application Drafting Competition. The objective of this competition is to introduce law students to issues arising in United States patent law and to develop their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. 

Student teams will be given a hypothetical invention statement for which they will then search the prior art, prepare a specification, draft claims, and present their reasoning for patentability before a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and high profile guest judges.

The initial phase of competition will consist of up to 15 teams in a regional round taking place in Detroit, MI; Denver, CO; San Jose, CA; Dallas, TX; and the Washington, DC area. The winner from each region will be invited to compete in the National Final Competition at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on April 20, 2020 before a panel of senior USPTO officials and other esteemed judges.

KEY DATES

14-Feb-20      Team patent application due
7-Mar-20       Regional competition occurs in Denver
14-Mar-20     Regional competitions occur in Alexandria, Dallas, Detroit, and San Jose
1-Apr-20        Final national team patent application due
20-Apr-20      National final competition occurs

The national final competition may be available for live viewing through a teleconference link.

Registration: Teams must register through an EventBrite® event titled: 2020 US Patent and Trademark Office National Patent Drafting Competition, which may also be accessed as Online Event # 77918334837.


Survey on Law Students with STEM Background

Suffolk University Law School has launched a professional survey to collect data regarding the incentives and challenges that STEM majors face when determining whether to attend law school. The survey should take 7 minutes to complete.

The survey is confidential. Respondent identities and information will not be shared with anyone.

Follow this link to the survey.


Free Membership Available in California Bar Sections

Did you know that even as a 1L, before you pass the bar, you can join the IP Section of the California State Bar for free? This allows you to stay abreast of programs, legal developments in the field, and networking events. For more information click here.


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