IP WIP for Chinese Scholars at University of Washington

IP Work-in-Progress Colloquium for Chinese Scholars

University of Washington School of Law will host the First IP Work-in-Progress Colloquium for Chinese scholars on May 7-8, 2015 in Seattle. “Work-in-progress” events involve pairing the author of a draft paper with a commentator with appropriate subject matter expertise. All participants are expected to present a draft work and to provide feedback on the draft work of another participant. The goal of the Colloquium is to provide a training exercise for participants for the process of academic writing–from reviewing paper proposals to giving comments to drafts from our experienced faculty members.

The committee members will choose the most promising 10-15 proposals and invite their authors to submit full‐fledged draft papers. These scholars will attend the IP Work-in-Progress Colloquium in Seattle and present their papers to senior scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe to receive their feedback. UW School of Law will also offer research and writing clinics for invited authors regarding how to write U.S. style law review articles and submit them to U.S. journals.

Starting from October 25, 2014, all paper proposals should be submitted to the following email address: wipipchina@outlook.com.

Deadline for the submission is extended to February 15, 2015.

The full call for papers and details can be found on the CASRIP home page.

Open Data at Berkeley

April 2015 The 19th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges

April 17, 2015
Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, CA

How can open data promote trust in government without creating a transparent citizenry?

Governments at all levels are releasing large datasets for analysis by anyone for any purpose—“Open Data.” Using Open Data, entrepreneurs may create new products and services, and citizens may use it to gain insight into the government. A plethora of time saving and other useful applications have emerged from Open Data feeds, including more accurate traffic information, real-time arrival of public transportation, and information about crimes in neighborhoods.

Data held by the government is often implicitly or explicitly about individuals. While open government is often presented as an unqualified good, sometimes Open Data can identify individuals or groups, leading to a more transparent citizenry. The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) and Microsoft released a call for proposals on Open Data in Summer 2014. Six projects were selected for funding. At the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ) Spring Symposium, these works will be presented and discussed by outside experts in the field of open government data.


Design Rights at Geneve

Dear Colleagues:
For those of you who will be in/can come to Geneva, Switzerland, early February, please note that the Law School of the University of Geneva organizes an international conference on Design Law on February 5, 2015 which might be of interest to some of you (we will have speakers from WIPO, OHIM, the watch industry & private practice and will hear about the Apple vs Samsung dispute – among other topics –).

The detailed program is available at: http://www.unige.ch/droit/jdpi/programme_en.html

Full-time academics are welcome to attend the event for free (please send an email with your full contact details to Francine.Pinget@unige.ch in order to register).

On-line registration is otherwise available at: http://www.unige.ch/droit/jdpi/inscription_en.html

Cultivating Innovation at Norwich

CFP – Cultivating Innovation: How (and How Not) to Think about Intellectual Property in Agriculture and Plant Science
A one-day interdisciplinary conference
14th April 2015
Date: 14 April 2015
Location: John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Deadline: Abstract submissions should be received by 23/1/2015 (decisions announced 30/1/2015)

As part of the AHRC-funded Cultivating Innovation project the John Innes Centre in collaboration with the University of Leeds is hosting a one-day conference bringing together plant breeders and agricultural scientists with historians, philosophers, and scholars from other disciplines for a fresh look at intellectual property in agriculture and plant breeding.

The conference will take place at the John Innes Centre from the morning of Tuesday 14th of April. The closing keynote address will be given by Professor Daniel Kevles (Yale).

Abstracts are invited for talks on the following aspects of intellectual property and its relations to agriculture and plant breeding, from any disciplinary perspective within the humanities and sciences:

IP and plant science
IP and agriculture
IP and genetic modification
IP and food security
IP and bioscience industries

If you are unsure about the potential suitability of your paper, please email the conference organiser, Dr Dominic Berry, d.berry@leeds.ac.uk

All presentations will be video recorded and made available to the public through YouTube.

The Cultivating Innovation project is led by Professors Gregory Radick and Graeme Gooday at the University of Leeds. The aim is to bring greater attention to the role of intellectual property in science past and present, with a particular emphasis on agriculture and the plant sciences. Given the public-facing nature of the project, we will be encouraging all speakers to spend a little of their time explaining a particular aspect of IP law/theory/social importance, that would either a) typically be explained in a manner too complex for a general audience, or b) would be found only in academic texts.

To submit your abstract, please follow this link.


Thank you from the Cultivating Innovation team.

Natural Rights/Natural Law and Intellectual Property in Brisbane, Australia

Griffith University’s Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law is delighted to host Prof Wendy Gordon (Boston University’s William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor) for a Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday January 13. The topic will be a reflection on the relationship between natural rights/natural law and intellectual property, discussing Gordon’s seminal work on the subject in her 1993 YLJ article and its intersection with Griffith University’s Dr Hugh Breakey’s recent works on the topic, including his 2010 MLR article.

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in the discussion (with our apologies for the limited notice).

We will also be discussing Professor Gordon’s most recent (2014 Houston LR) work arguing that copyright law must focus on authorial creation rather than incentivising dissemination through publishers.

The roundtable discussion will run from 10am to 3pm (with a break for lunch). The venue will be the Council Chamber in the Bray Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University: N54_2.02, Brisbane Australia.

PatCon V at Kansas

The fifth annual Patent Conference (PatCon5) will take place on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, 2015, hosted by the University of Kansas School of Law. Building on the great success of PatCon4 (hosted by Ted Sichelman at the University of San Diego School of Law), PatCon5 will consist of two days of patent speakers, scholarship, and social events.

PatCon is a cooperative effort between the Boston College Law School (David Olson), Chicago-Kent College of Law (David Schwartz), the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman), and the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance) to hold an annual conference where patent scholars in law, economics, management science, and other disciplines can share their research. Details about prior PatCons can be found here and here and here and here.

Because of the overwhelming demand to present at previous PatCons, all paper presentations will be held in concurrent sessions. If you would like to present a paper at the 2015 Patent Conference, please submit an abstract to Andrew Torrance (torrance@ku.edu) by January 30, 2015. If you’d like to attend without presenting, please notify me by February 6, 2015. We welcome scholarship from not only from legal academics, but also scholars in other fields, such as economics, business, management science, policy, public health, medicine, engineering, history of science, and technology studies.

Presenters will need to cover their own travel and accommodations expenses, but there will be no registration fee (for full-time academics, fellows, and students), and meals and refreshments during the conference will be provided.

Patent Pledges at American

CALL FOR PAPERS: Patent Pledges

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 20, 2015
Final Paper Deadline: June 1, 2015
Patent Pledges Symposium: June 12, 2015

Patent holders are increasingly making voluntary, public commitments to limit the enforcement and other exploitation of their patents. The best-known form of patent pledge is the so-called FRAND commitment, in which a patent holder commits to license patents to manufacturers of standardized products on terms that are “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.” But patent pledges have been appearing in fields and environments well beyond technical standard-setting, including open source software, green technology and the biosciences. Pledges include FRAND commitments, as well as commitments not to assert patents against specified technologies or entities, and not to transfer patents to non-practicing entities.

A one-day public symposium that explores the legal, economic and policy implications of patent pledges will be held on June 12, 2015 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Research papers are solicited on all aspects of patent pledges, including:

Historical Comparisons
Empirical Studies
Economic Theories
Antitrust/Competition Theories
Contract Theories
Patent Law Theories
Equitable Theories
Property Law Theories
Organizational/Institutional Theory
Regulatory Approaches
Legislative Approaches
Administrative Approaches
For additional background on patent pledges, see Jorge Contreras, Patent Pledges (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2525947), and the database of non-SDO pledges contained at http://www.pijip.org/non-sdo-patent-commitments/

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium. Papers will be selected by an expert committee on the basis of originality, methodology, diversity of viewpoints, and contribution to the field. We invite papers from experienced scholars as well as graduate students and junior scholars.

The authors of selected papers will receive an honorarium of US$1,500 plus travel expenses to attend the symposium (to be split among multiple authors). Payment will be contingent upon delivery of the accepted final paper by the stated deadline and presentation of the paper at the symposium.


Jan. 20, 2015 Deadline for submission of abstract (500 words maximum) together with CV or biographical summary

Feb. 15, 2015 Notification of acceptance/rejection

June 1, 2015 Completed papers (5,000 word minimum) must be submitted

June 12, 2015 Patent Pledges Symposium in Washington, DC

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and sent via email to: mjacob@wcl.american.edu.

There is no publication commitment associated with the symposium, but we may arrange for a law review special issue or edited volume to include the accepted papers.

NPEs at Chapman

Trolls or Toll-Takers: Do Intellectual Property
Non-Practicing Entities Add Value to Society?
Friday, January 30, 2015
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium Schedule

* Panel I: The Scholar’s Perspective: Theories of Patent Trolling

* Keynote: Standing Sentinel Over Innovation: The Importance of a Balanced and Effective IP System

* Panel II: The Practitioner’s Perspective: The Effect of Patent Non-Practicing Entities on Industry

* Panel III: Copyright and Trademark Trolls: Fable or Fact?

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5.5 units of MCLE general credit.

Register or learn more about the 2015 Chapman Law Review Symposium at www.chapman.edu/2015CLRSymposium

Chapman University Fowler School of Law, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
Tel: (714) 628-2500 www.chapman.edu/law

IP and the Modern Athlete at Texas A&M

APRIL 10, 2015

Intellectual property rights play an increasingly significant role in modern athletics in the university environment. Trademarks, copyrights, and rights of publicity are an integral aspect of college sports. Licensing and merchandising of IP rights generate substantial revenue. And the role of the University is evolving in an environment that is at once both commercial and educational.

This conference will examine the intersection between intellectual property law and the modern athlete in the university system. Topics will include trademark and copyright issues related to individual college athletes and teams, rights of publicity of college athletes, and the changing role of IP rights in college athletics.

Interested participants should submit a proposed abstract by January 9, 2014, to Megan Carpenter mcarpenter@law.tamu.edu or Meg Penrose at megpenrose@law.tamu.edu. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words.

Governance of Emerging Technologies at ASU

Call for Papers
Deadline: Third Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 2:15pm
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center 7700 E McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (map)
The third annual conference on the Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics, will be held at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 26-28, 2015.

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations with discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

Submit abstracts here by January 15th, 2015.

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Moreno / “The most interesting bioethicist of our time”

Jonathan D. Moreno is an American philosopher and historian who specializes in the intersection of bioethics, culture, science, and national security, and has published seminal works on the history, sociology and politics of biology and medicine.

Plenary Sessions:

Free Speech, Privacy & Technology
Inter-Generational Equity and Emerging Technologies
Technological Unemployment: Governance Implications
Politicization of Science and the Governance of Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies and Security: Just War Theories and Emerging Technologies
There will also be an additional 16 concurrent sessions on a wide variety of topics and technologies (chosen based on accepted abstracts). Some pre-selected topics for sessions for which abstracts are invited include:

Pluralism in Governing Complex Technology Systems
Permissionless Innovation
Resilience and Emerging Technologies
Sources of Truth in a Post-Science Society