BCLT Student News

Week of September 13

Congratulations to ’21 graduates Matthew ChungDavid FangHarrison Geron, and Walter Mostowy on their award-winning paper “Title Zero”: Ending the Infinite Loop of Classifications for Broadband Via a Technology Agnostic Definition at TPRC49. In the paper, the students propose a technology agnostic, quality of service based definition for broadband as a foundation for broadband development and regulation.

Taking inspiration from Professor Tejas Narechania‘s Regulated Digital Industries course, the students wrote and submitted a well-received comment to the FCC and followed up in their spare time with the article proposing new directions for broadband regulation. They will be presenting their paper at the TPRC49 on 9/23 at 1:30 pm ET. Register here. Their paper is available for download here.


Student Events

Student events are reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series


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“How to Win a Patent Lawsuit at Every Stage in Your Career”
September 14
12:55 – 2:00 P.M.

IMPORTANT: This event will be remote. Please RSVP to access the Zoom link. Room 100 in the Law Building will be available for students who would like to use the space to log in and watch the event.

Sarah Guske, Partner
Sarah Guske is a partner and the Department Chair of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Group. Sarah is a trial lawyer and has significant experience litigating software and electronics patent litigation cases in district court and at the Federal Circuit and the PTAB, including significant stand-up experience in each forum. Sarah previously served at Co-Chair of the firm’s PTAB Trials Group.

Keith Jurek, Associate
Keith Jurek works on a range of intellectual property matters, primarily focusing on patent prosecution. Mr. Jurek has experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technological areas including computer hardware and software.

Bradley Shigezawa, Associate
Bradley Shigezawa is an associate in the San Francisco office of Baker Botts. His practice focuses on patent litigation and patent prosecution. He has experience in patent litigation matters involving a variety of technologies, including software, Wi-Fi communications and webpage operations. Mr. Shigezawa also has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide arrange of technologies, including software, machine learning, virtual/augmented reality, robotic devices, visual displays, and advertising.

Jeremy Taylor, Partner
Jeremy Taylor works closely with high-tech clients on intellectual property disputes and counseling. By developing deep relationships with technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country, Mr. Taylor understands the goals of his clients and works to solve IP disputes accordingly. In addition to handling active lawsuits, as a trained engineer Mr. Taylor understands the needs of his clients and their respective industries allowing him to proactively identify emerging legal issues and minimize risks in future intellectual property disputes. In 2016, Mr. Taylor helped open the San Francisco office of Baker Botts.

The BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Speaker Series features local practitioners, bringing real-world experience and practical legal knowledge to Berkeley Law students. This event is reserved for current UC Berkeley law students, faculty, and staff. All statements and remarks are off-the-record; they cannot be quoted or reproduced without the speaker’s permission.

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.

Patent Law Society (PLS) First General Body Meeting

September 15
12:50 – 2:00 P.M.
Berkeley Law, Room 100

Interested in exploring Patent Law and related intellectual property law fields as a part of your Berkeley Law experience? Join the Berkeley Patent Law Society for our first meeting of the year, with a welcome to the field by our own Professor Menell. PLS Board members will also share what PLS plans to offer this year. Pending resolution of the new food policies, we are likely to not provide food, but are working to see how we may be able to. Hope to see you there!

Healthcare & Biotech Law Society (HBLS) First General Meeting

September 15
1:00 – 2:00 P.M.
Berkeley Law, Room 141

Please join the Healthcare and Biotech Law Society (HBLS) for our first general meeting! We will be going over our objectives and plans for the semester. We will also be looking for students who are interested in joining the leadership team. For those who cannot attend the meeting, please fill out the interest form to get on the mailing list here: https://forms.gle/vCiu9AuZGFoNsp3U6 

Upcoming Conferences

All Berkeley Law students will be able to participate in all of BCLT’s online conferences free of charge.

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

September 23
5:00 P.M.

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. This event is free and open to the public.

14th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Policing Families – Prof. Dorothy E. Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

October 28
3:30 – 5:30 P.M.
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.
In her 2021 BCLT Privacy Lecture, Prof. Roberts will explore themes from her forthcoming book on family policing. 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.
Prof. Khiara M. Bridges, UC Berkeley Law School
Prof. Scott Skinner-Thompson, University of Colorado

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

Fall 2021
Dates TBD
More information and registration

In recent years China has become a major jurisdiction for standard essential patent (“SEP”) licensing and litigation. A variety of key issues emerge in the process. Overall, certain consensus seems to have been formed between Chinese SEP jurisprudence and its counterparts in other major jurisdictions, such as the cautiously conditioned availability of injunctive relief, a more balanced approach of FRAND interpretation in principle, and the rough compliance with the HW v. ZTE framework in conducting a procedural FRAND scrutiny of the licensing process. On the other hand, challenges ensue in several aspects, including a lack of consensus in optimal FRAND methodologies, the role of antitrust in resolution of FRAND-related matters, how to harmonize global enforcement and deal with the rapidly escalating jurisdictional competition. In addition, new questions keep emerging with the 5G / Internet of Things (“IoT”) era dawning on us. Our success or failure in addressing these challenging discrepancies, will significantly impact the future development of global ICT / IoT industries.

Law & Tech Opportunities


Program on Data and Governance seeking Senior Research Associate

Formed five years ago as a partnership of Ohio State’s Law School and Data Analytics Institute, the Program on Data and Governance (PDG) studies the fairness, bias and accountability issues that advanced analytics and AI can raise, and the governance strategies that can best address these threats and so pave the way towards responsible, just and beneficial analytics and AI.

We currently seek a Senior Research Associate and are particularly interested in those with training in social sciences, public policy or law. Background in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies is a plus. As we continue to expand our reach and impact, we are looking for talented people, with an interest in the governance of information society, to join our program in Columbus, Ohio.

More information and application here.

CA Lawyers Association Seeking IP Section Reporters for 2021

We are recruiting 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent graduates for our student reporter program. Our annual IP Institute is in November, and student reporters (attending and reporting on the various sessions) have been an important part of it for a number of years.
More information and application here

BCLT 1L Mentor Program

The BCLT 1L Mentor Program matches 1Ls with practicing attorneys who can offer insights on what it’s like to be a lawyer in different areas of practice. Please complete the New Student Questionnaire to indicate that you’d like to participate.

BCLT’s Careers in Tech Law Podcast

BCLT Executive Director Wayne Stacy facilitates interviews with leading Law and Tech experts to discuss the intricacies of their career paths and how they got to where they are. Here is a recent highlight!

To browse all of BCLT’s Careers in Tech Law Podcast content, visit our podcast webpage and add us on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.


September 10
Michael Whalen, Paul Hastings

Tech impacts almost every major company. New types of disputes and problems are constantly arising—all of which present opportunities for general litigators with a broad understanding of the regulations and laws impacting tech. What can the new attorney expect, and how should they prepare?

Office Hours BCLT Assistant Director Matthew Ray will hold virtual office hours every Friday in the semester, from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M., or by appointment. To book a slot on a Friday or schedule an appointment, please email Matthew Ray with the subject line “Office Hours.”

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