BCLT EventNews

Week of September 16, 2019


BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Series


When Robots Kill: From Terminator to Tesla

Tuesday, September 17
12:55 P.M. – 1:55 P.M.
Room 100

Josh Furman focuses on intellectual property litigation, bringing his background as a scientist to the practice of law. Josh has a Ph.D. in materials science and metallurgy. Before law school, he worked at a Silicon Valley patent prosecution firm.

Timothy Horgan-Kobelski joined Durie Tangri after clerking for Justice Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court. At Berkeley, he was an editor for the California Law Review. Tim has a Master’s degree in biology and worked as a geospatial analyst for a biological consulting firm.

Prior to law school, Eneda Hoxha was a scientist and process engineer for Cellular Dynamics International, where she worked on stem cell regulation and differentiation into the cardiovascular lineage. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in biomedical sciences.

Lunch is served for students staying for the entire presentation.

This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors only.

Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

BCLT/BTLJ Law & Tech Series

AI and IP: Protection of and Infringement by AI-Powered Technologies

Thursday, September 19
12:55 P.M. – 1:55 P.M.
Room 100
Artificial intelligence algorithms can create “art” and “music.” They can design novel and non-obvious solutions problems. Does this mean that AIs can be “authors” and “inventors” under US intellectual property law? Chris Mammen and Carrie Richey discuss this and other intriguing questions about the use of AI in creating and enforcing IP.
Christian Mammen, partner at Womble Bond Dickinson, has more than 20 years of experience guiding tech and life sciences clients in high-stakes patent and intellectual property litigation. He has substantial lead counsel experience in both trials and appeals before the Ninth and Federal Circuits. 
Carrie Richey, associate at Womble Bond Dickinson, focuses on patent infringement litigation and protection of computer-related technologies. She has successfully represented clients in all phases of litigation, including investigation, discovery, trial, and appeal.
Lunch is served for students staying for the entire presentation.
This event is open to current Berkeley Law students, Berkeley Law affiliates and BCLT law firm sponsors only.
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.



Federal Communications Commission Paid Training

The Federal Communications Commission’s Attorney Honors Program is a two-year employment and training program designed to introduce selected candidates to the field of communications law and policy. Honors Attorneys quickly gain valuable experience and benefit from a wide variety of learning experiences.

You are eligible to apply during the 2019 fall application window for the 2020 program if you are a:

  • Current law student who will graduate in the spring or summer of 2020;
  • Graduate law student who will complete your course of study by the summer of 2020;
  • Federal, state, or municipal judicial clerk serving during the 2019-20 judicial term.

Deadline for applying to the 2020 program, which begins in the fall, is September 17, 2019.

For details and to apply go here.

Job Opportunity: Patents Legal Intern at Dolby

Dolby is seeking a 2 L or 3L to work part time as a paid legal intern in IP/patents. Apply here

Research Assistant

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

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.

U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Democratic Staff Internship Program

The IP subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee has openings in the Spring 2020 terms for law clerk interns interested in IP. This would be a great way to gain more exposure to hot-topic IP issues and learn what it’s like working on the Hill. 

The Committee on the Judiciary’s Democratic staff internship program offers undergraduate and law students, as well as recent graduates, an opportunity to experience the operation of a congressional committee firsthand and learn about the important role that House committees play in the legislative process.  The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over a wide range of legislative and oversight issues which include constitutional amendments, litigation reform, patent and trademark law, federal criminal law, federal civil rights law, homeland security, immigration and naturalization, and antitrust. More information can be found on their website

Deadline for applications for the spring session:  October 1st

Berkeley Law students who apply should also send an email to (jamie.simpson@mail.house.gov), the subcommittee’s chief IP counsel.

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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