ABA IP Law Scholarship Symposium

CALL FOR IP PAPERS for second annual ABA Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Symposium

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law will host its second annual Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Symposium during the ABA-IPL Section’s 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, March 25-27, 2015. IP Scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract describing a current scholarship project by December 12, 2014, for a chance to present their work during the Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Symposium at the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. The symposium seeks authors and papers for three simultaneous sessions (each of which attracted 50-70 attendees in 2014): patent/trade secret; copyright; and trademark/unfair competition.

For more details see the Call For Papers posted here: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/intellectual_property_law/Call%20for%20Papers%20on%20Letterhead.authcheckdam.pdf or contact one of the three Symposium co- organizers:

* Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Northeastern University School of Law

* Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Suffolk University Law School

* June M. Besek, Columbia Law School

Patent Pledges at American University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Patent Pledges

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 20, 2015
Final Paper Deadline: June 1, 2015
Patent Pledges Symposium: June 15, 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.

ICAIL 2015: International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law

ICAIL 2015 Second Call For Papers
The 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL 2015) will be held at the University of San Diego School of Law from Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, 2015.
Artificial Intelligence and Law is a vibrant research field that focuses on:
· Legal reasoning and development of computational methods of such reasoning
· Applications of AI and other advanced information technologies to support the legal domain
· Discovery of electronically stored information for legal applications (eDiscovery)
· Machine learning and data mining for legal applications
· Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies
Since it began in 1987, the ICAIL conference has been established as the foremost international conference addressing research in Artificial Intelligence and Law. It is organized biennially under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), and in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The conference proceedings are published by ACM. The journalArtificial Intelligence and Law regularly publishes expanded versions of selected ICAIL papers.
Important Dates

· Deadline for submission of workshop and tutorial proposals: December 5, 2014
· Deadline for submission of abstracts (optional): January 9, 2015
· Deadline for submission of papers: January 16, 2015
· Deadline for submission of demonstration abstracts: January 23, 2015
· Notification of acceptance: March 13, 2015
· Deadline for submission of doctoral consortium papers: March 31, 2015
· Deadline for final revised and formatted papers: April 17, 2015
· Conference: June 8 – June 12, 2015

The field serves as an excellent setting for AI researchers to demonstrate the application of their work in a rich, real-world domain. The conference also serves as a venue for researchers to showcase their work on the theoretical foundations of computational models of law. Accordingly, authors are invited to submit papers on a broad spectrum of research topics that include, but are not restricted to:
· Formal and computational models of legal reasoning, including argumentation, evidential reasoning, and decision making
· Legal reasoning in multi-agent systems
· Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural language processing and data mining
· Legal knowledge representation including legal ontologies and common sense knowledge
· Automatic legal text classification and summarization
· Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts
· Data mining applied to the legal domain
· Conceptual or model-based legal information retrieval
· E-government, e-democracy and e-justice
· Modeling norms for multi-agent systems
· Modeling negotiation and contract formation
· Online dispute resolution
· Intelligent legal tutoring systems
· Intelligent support systems for the legal domain
· Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems
ICAIL is keen to broaden its scope to include topics of growing importance in artificial intelligence research. Therefore, papers are invited in the following featured categories:
· eDiscovery and eDisclosure
· Open data, linked data, and big data
· Machine learning
· Argument mining
Papers will be assessed in a rigorous reviewing procedure. Standard assessment criteria for research papers will apply to all submissions (relevance, originality, significance, technical quality, evaluation, presentation). Papers proposing formal or computational models should provide examples and/or simulations that show the models’ applicability to a realistic legal problem or domain. Papers on applications should describe clearly the underlying motivations, the techniques employed, and the current state of both implementation and evaluation. All papers should make clear their relation to prior work.
A session will be organized for the demonstration of creative, robust, and practical working applications and tools. Where a demonstration is not connected to a submitted paper, a two-page extended abstract about the system should be submitted for review, via the conference support system and following the conference style, by the demo submission deadline of January 23, 2015. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. For those demonstrations that are connected to a paper in the main track, no separate statement about the demonstration need be submitted, but the author(s) should send an email to the Program Chair by the demo submission deadline to register their interest in demonstrating their work at this session.
ICAIL Workshops and Tutorials
ICAIL 2015 will include workshops and tutorials on Monday, June 8 and Friday, June 12. Proposals for workshops and tutorials are invited, and should be sent by email to the Program Chair. Tutorials should cover a broad topic of relevance to the AI and Law community. Proposals should contain enough information to permit evaluation on the basis of importance, quality, and community interest. Each workshop should have one or more designated organizers and a program or organizing committee. Proposals should be 2 to 4 pages and include at least the following information:
· The workshop or tutorial topic and goals, their significance, and their appropriateness for ICAIL 2015
· The intended audience, including the research areas from which participants may come, the likely number of participants (with some of their names, if known), and plans for publicizing the workshop
· Organization of the workshop or tutorial, including the intended format (such as invited talks, presentations, panel discussions, or other methods for ensuring an interactive atmosphere) and the expected length (full day or half day)
· Organizers’ details: a description of the main organizers’ background in the proposed topic; and complete addresses including webpages of all organizers and committee members (if applicable)
In the interest of reaching out to under-represented research communities in the Americas who are interested in AI and Law, IAAIL will also consider hosting at ICAIL 2015 one or two AI and Law workshops in Spanish or Portuguese.
The submission deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals is December 5, 2014.
Continuing Legal Education Sessions
In addition to the workshops and tutorials solicited above, ICAIL 2015 will feature three continuing legal education (CLE) sessions as follows:
Monday, June 8
· eDiscovery
Friday, June 12
· Software, automation and machine learning in IP law
· Trends in legal software and search engines
The CLE sessions will also feature an “exhibit hall” for vendors and law firms. Interested parties should email Ted Sichelman, Conference Chair (tsichelman@sandiego.edu) for more information.
The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. Further information about the CLE events will be posted at: http://www.sandiego.edu/law/school/events/detail.php?_focus=47565

Doctoral Consortium for ICAIL 2015
A Doctoral Consortium will be held as part of ICAIL 2015. The event will provide doctoral students with an opportunity to publish and present papers on their PhD research and to receive feedback and encouragement from the AI and Law community. Students who submit papers to the main conference are also welcome to submit their work to the Doctoral Consortium. A call for papers specifically for the Doctoral Consortium will be forthcoming. Further details will be provided at the conference website: http://www.icail2015.org
Submission Details, including instructions for blind review
Papers should not exceed 10 pages in the approved style. Style format template files can be found athttp://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html. While papers can be prepared using LaTeX or Word, all papers should be converted to PDF prior to submission. All papers must be submitted electronically to the conference support system, https://www.conftool.net/icail2015/ by the paper submission deadline. To aid the reviewing process, authors are requested to submit abstracts of their papers by the above abstract submission deadline. Abstract submissions should include the paper title, up to four keywords, and a contact address for the corresponding author. Both papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically to the conference support system.
Reviewing for ICAIL 2015 will be double blind. The first page of each submitted paper should include the title of the paper and the ID number of the paper as allocated when the paper is registered on the conference support system. Papers submitted for review should not include names and affiliations of the authors, nor an acknowledgements section. These aspects can be added at the camera-ready stage. The references should include all published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, though care should be taken in the style of writing in order to preserve anonymity.
Authors will be notified of the acceptance decision by the date indicated above. Papers not accepted for full publication and presentation may be accepted as short research abstracts. Papers (including research abstracts) must be presented at the conference in order to appear in the proceedings (and, moreover, all papers and abstracts presented at the conference will appear in the proceedings, which will be published by ACM). Final versions of papers for publication in the proceedings will be due by the date indicated above.
Donald H. Berman Award for Best Student Paper
IAAIL has established a best student paper award in memory of Donald H. Berman, a Professor of Law at Northeastern University who was a co-founder of the AI and Law journal. The award consists of a cash gift and free attendance at ICAIL 2015. For a paper to be considered for the award, the student author(s) should be clearly designated as such when the paper is submitted, and any non-student co-authors should provide a statement by email to the Program Chair that affirms that the paper is primarily student work. Notification will be made through the ICAIL website, and the award will be presented at the conference banquet.
Peter Jackson Award for Best Innovative Application Paper
At ICAIL 2015 a new award is being introduced for the best innovative application paper. The award is in honor of Peter Jackson, Thomson Reuters’ Chief Research Scientist, who was a strong supporter of the ICAIL conferences and a significant contributor to the development of advanced technologies in AI and Law. The award will consist of a special commemorative plaque and recognition on the conference and IAAIL websites. For a paper to be considered for the award, the author(s) should clearly identify it as an application paper by including “innovative applications” as a keyword. Notification will be made through the ICAIL website, and the award will be presented at the conference banquet.
Conference Officials
Program Chair
Katie Atkinson
Department of Computer Science,
University of Liverpool, UK
Conference Chair
Ted Sichelman,
University of San Diego School of Law,
San Diego, CA USA
Conference Co-Chair
Richard Belew
Cognitive Science Department,
University of California,
San Diego, CA USA
Anne Gardner
Atherton, CA, USA
Program Committee:
To be decided.
Local Committee:
Richard Belew, University of California, San Diego
Karl Gruben, University of San Diego School of Law
Dan Katz, Michigan State University College of Law
Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego School of Law
Thomas Smith, University of San Diego School of Law
Roland Vogl, Stanford Law School

Data Power at Sheffield

DATA POWER: a two-day, international conference
Date: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd JUNE 2015
Venue: University of Sheffield, UK

Data make many promises. Through data, we can access opinions, feelings, behaviours, people, in real time, at great volume and at great speed. Tracking data is the holy grail. Data have the potential to transform all aspects of society, making all of its operations more efficient. Big data represent opportunities for social researchers to enhance understanding of human behaviour. The numbers speak for themselves.
But what is the cost of the data delirium (van Zoonen)? What kind of power is enacted when data are employed by governments and security agencies to monitor populations or by private corporations to accumulate knowledge about consumers in an increasingly ‘knowing capitalism’ (Thrift)? Because contemporary forms of data mining and analytics open up the potential for new, unaccountable and opaque forms of population management in a growing range of social realms, questions urgently need to be asked not only about who gets access to data and whose privacy is invaded, but also about control, discrimination, and social sorting – about data power. We also need to ask about the possibility of agency in the face of data power, of social groups sidestepping the dominating interests of big business and big government in our increasingly big-data-driven world.
This conference creates a space to reflect on these and other critical issues relating to data’s ever more ubiquitous power. Keynote speakers include these fantastic commentators on data power:

• Mark Andrejevic, Center for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, author of AOIR book award winner Infoglut (2013);

• Nick Couldry, London School of Economics, author and editor of 11 books & numerous articles, including ‘Big data from the bottom up’ (Big Data and Society);

• Kate Crawford, Microsoft Social Media Research Collective, author of numerous articles on big data and Understanding the Internet: Language, Technology, Media, Power (forthcoming) (participation to be confirmed);

• José van Dijck, Comparative Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, author of The Culture of Connectivity (2013);

• Alison Hearn, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, author of numerous articles on data, labour and subjectivity;

• Richard Rogers, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, author of ICA book award winner Digital Methods (2013);

• Evelyn Ruppert, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London, author (with Engin Isin) of Being Digital Citizens (forthcoming) & editor of Big Data and Society;

• Joseph Turow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennslyvania, author of The Daily You (2012), amongst many other publications.
Papers are invited on the following – and other relevant – topics:

* The political economy of data
* Data cultures (data and the cultural industries, data journalism)
* Data and the production of subjectivity and identity
* Theorising data
* The politics of data visualisation
* Data labour
* Emotional data
* The social life of data and data-driven methods
* The politics of open and linked data
* Data-driven governance, surveillance and control
* Data and discrimination
* The regulation of data mining
* Data citizens
* Resistance, agency, appropriation.

• Whilst we welcome papers of all kinds, please note that this conference focuses on critical questions about data’s power. Papers which do not address critical, social questions will not be accepted.

• Submit 250 word paper proposals to data-power-conference@sheffield.ac.ukby 16th January 2015. Decisions will be communicated by 30th January 2015.

• The conference fee is £120 waged (approx. $190 / 150 euro, £80 unwaged/student (approx. $130 / 100 euro).

• The conference will launch the special issue of The European Journal of Cultural Studies edited by Mark Andrejevic, Alison Hearn and Helen Kennedy, entitled ‘Data Mining and Analytics’.

• DATA POWER is hosted by the University of Sheffield’s Digital Society Network, and the Department of Sociological Studies, both in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Evil Twins at Richmond: IP at the Supreme Court

The Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law is hosting its eighth annual Evil Twin Debate at noon on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the moot court room at the law school.

This year we feature Professor John Golden of the University of Texas School of Law and Professor Tim Holbrook of Emory Law School, debating the topic: IP at the Supreme Court: Guidance or Garbage? As always, the debate is open to the public, and a Q&A and reception will follow.

The Evil Twin Debate series is founded on the notion that experts are often at loggerheads on important issues of IP policy, yet remain friendly on a personal level. The series therefore brings together pairs of scholars who disagree on an important IP topic, but who can air their disagreements in a friendly exchange—serious in substance but lighthearted in tone.


TPRC 2015

2015 TPRC | 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy
Mark your calendar:
Capitol Hill event: September 24, 2015
TPRC43 Conference: September 25-27, 2015, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA

TPRC43 Call for Abstracts will be released in late January.
For more information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@tprc.org

ISHTIP 2015, at UPenn

Openness and Intellectual Property
ISHTIP Annual Workshop 2015 | July 22-24 | University of Pennsylvania
Submission deadline: January 15, 2015
The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will hold its 7th annual workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, July 22-24, 2015. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the US Constitution, which empowers Congress to create IP laws that “promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” And the University of Pennsylvania was founded by inventor, printer, and IP-skeptic Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in his autobiography, “That, as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.” Today, there are many movements to promote open access scholarship, open source software, open data, and open culture. What does it mean for intellectual property to be open? And how do current calls for openness connect with the history, theoretical underpinnings, and national traditions of intellectual property?
We seek a broad representation of international scholars as well as scholars from across the disciplines. Papers may concern trademark, patent, copyright, or related rights, including confidentiality and trade secrecy, and they may be historical or address current issues from a theoretically-informed perspective. Both established and junior scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
> The pre-history of intellectual property; what was open before IP; histories and theories of the public domain
> Cultures of ownership and ideas of the commons
> Cross-cultural comparisons of openness
> Complementary and divergent interdisciplinary definitions and connections of openness or IP
> Secrecy as intellectual property/intellectual property and secrecy
> IP and the codification of knowledge
> Intellectual property registration systems as reservoirs of information/sources of openness
> Public libraries, educational institutions, museums/archives and open knowledge
> IP and ‘taxes on knowledge’
> Slippery objects (facts, ideas, theorems)
> The limits of trademarks (genericism, functionality, cultural signifiers)
> Overlapping IP and reappropriation of the public domain
> The impact of public domain scholarship on law-making
> Technologies of openness (catalogues, bibliographies, search engines, hyperlinks, viral licenses, open technical formats) and IP
> IP, interactivity and interoperability
> Freedom of information, access to state documents, governmental transparency and IP
> Historical and current ‘pirate’ movements
> The history of IP skepticism
> Methodology: what should histories and theories of IP be doing; what role should interdisciplinarity play?
To be considered for the workshop, please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed paper as well as a one-paragraph bio and 2-page CV by January 15, 2015 to .
Complete papers (of max. 9000 words)will be due June 15, 2015 so that they maybe distributed in advance to registered workshop participants. Papers are not presented by their authors at ISHTIP workshops. Instead, a discussant presents a brief summary and critique to initiate 45 minutes of general discussion of each paper. All panels are plenary. ISHTIP workshops are thus a great venue for presenting and receiving feedback on work in progress from a global, multidisciplinary community of scholars.
Please direct questions to Peter Decherney .

Access to Material and Immaterial Goods, at Luzern

Conference: Access to Material and Immaterial Goods – The Relationship Between Intellectual Property and Its Physical Embodiment

Datum: 23. Januar 2015 bis 24. Januar 2015
Ort: University of Lucerne
The aim of the conference is to explore the relationship between intellectual property and its physical materialisations, with a particular focus on the issue of access and the challenges of new technologies. Though intellectual property protects the intangible, it is indisputable that intellectual property goods (whether they be copyrighted works, patented inventions or trade marks) classically had to be physically materialised in order to be enjoyed or used, such as on canvas, as a pharmaceutical and trade marked products. This materialisation can, however, challenge our theoretical notion of the intangible and the tangible as constituting discrete forms of property and can have serious consequences on access to intellectual property goods. A classic example is that of an owner of an original art work, who may not own the copyright, but who can control access to the work and thereby exert copyright-like rights. New technologies raise further problems relating to the relationship between the intangible and tangible. For example, biotechnology patents that cover or encompass specific cell lines that are not reproducible from the patent disclosure could be seen as protecting something tangible. What exactly constitutes materialisation is also of significance. As an illustration, whether digital reproductions of copyrighted works are considered to be physically materialised can affect the doctrine of exhaustion and, thus, access to a “second-hand” market. Indeed, the move away from classical analogue materialisation, as a consequence of the digital age, highlights the issue of what copyright means when there is no copy in the classical sense. Our aim is to address the divide between the intangible and the tangible from the perspective of issues of access and problems relating to new technologies.


Empirical IP Research Conference at NYU

October 24-25, 2014
NYU School of Law

The Innovation Law & Policy Empirical Research Initiative launches via a two-day conference that will bring together leaders in the empirical study of intellectual property, as well as other empirical scholars and researchers interested in turning their skills to the study of innovation policy.

The mission of the Empirical IP Research Conference is twofold:

To present compactly the existing body of empirical work in copyright, patent, and other areas of innovation law and policy, to consider where progress has been made toward producing policy-relevant evidence, and, most importantly, identifying the most important policy-relevant questions that are poorly studied.

To launch a discussion of directions and methods for future research via presentation of a select number of state-of-the-art papers. The focus will not be on presenting a large number of papers, but on deep discussion of the problems that motivate the research, methodological challenges, and questions raised by the papers that present immediate research opportunities. Throughout, the focus will be on producing data that is – at least eventually, if not immediately – policy-relevant.

The Conference is by invitation only.