Innovation Clusters at NYU

Please join us on February 26 for a half-day conference on Innovation Clusters. Innovation experts from industry, government, and academia will discuss the rise of successful technology clusters in Israel, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere, and whether there’s a “special sauce” that others can copy to develop their local regional innovation centers. The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) are joint sponsors of this program.

For further information, visit the Engelberg Center website:

The program will take place in Lipton Hall 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, followed by a networking luncheon 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

All attendees must pre-register.

Faculty and students at NYU School of Law and NYU Stern School of Business may register by email to

All others, please register at the AIPLA website:

TPRC 2016

Arlington, VA
September 30 – October 1, 2016

The 44th Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy

Overview: TPRC is an annual conference on information policy that convenes researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government and nonprofit organizations. TPRC strives to inspire top quality information, communications, and technology policy research, and to connect researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and practitioners. TPRC is the longest-running conference of its kind, and has a legacy of showcasing cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines and international perspectives.

Participate! TPRC has many ways to be involved. The main way is to submit an abstract of new research you’re working on or have recently completed. The scope is broad: a topic can be empirical, analytical, legal, historical, institutional, or theoretical. We use a double-blind review process, and if your paper is accepted you will be asked to submit your completed paper just prior to the conference, and to present your work at the conference. You can do this as part of a typical paper session, or in the poster session.

In addition to the paper sessions, TPRC has a vibrant and engaging poster session. At TPRC44, every abstract that is not accepted for a paper session will be considered for presentation as a poster (unless the author indicates a preference to opt out of such consideration). If you would prefer only to present at the poster session, you can submit an abstract for consideration for that session.

There are a variety of other participation options. TPRC44 is interested in your expertise as a moderator for a session, as a participant in our Birds of a Feather tables, as a mentor for our graduate student consortium, and as a discussion panel member. If you are a student, we have a special student call for papers and a Graduate Student Consortium to which you can apply. You will find specific details of each of these options in the full Call for Papers (see applicable links). Our goal is to provide multiple opportunities for active and engaging conference participants to interact, take part, and share their knowledge. We welcome academics, policy-makers, lawyers, students, and industry experts alike.

Dates and Location: The 2016 conference will be held from the morning of Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. A Capitol Hill event and the Graduate Student Consortium will take place a day before the conference on Thursday, September 29. Details for these events are found by following the applicable links. Our long-standing attendees should take note of the change in format from prior years: TPRC will be held all day Friday, September 30 and all day Saturday, October 1. There will be no Sunday sessions.

Quick Facts: The submission period opens on March 1, 2016 at . Deadlines for completed submissions are as follows:
• Abstracts for paper sessions and posters, and proposals for panels: March 31, 2016
• Applications to the Graduate Student Consortium: March 31, 2016
• Student paper submissions: April 30, 2016
TPRC is a great place to meet new people, and to reconnect with experts in the field of Internet policy, communications, and information. We are a diverse and energetic community of scholars, and we welcome your participation!

For the full CFP, visit our web site,,

JSIP at Michigan State

***CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS*** (apologies for cross-posting)

The Eighth Annual Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property (JSIP) Workshop at Michigan State University College of Law
May 25-26, 2016 (Wednesday-Thursday)

The JSIP Workshop offers a unique opportunity for junior scholars* writing in the areas of intellectual property, communications, and cyberlaw to receive extended commentary on their work from established scholars in a focused workshop setting. Articles will be chosen through a blind-review selection process. Participants must commit to attend the entire workshop.

*Eligible junior scholars have seven or fewer years of full-time teaching experience.

Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016

Submit papers online at:

MSU Law IPIC Program Host Faculty:

Adam Candeub
Professor of Law & IPIC Program Director

Sean A. Pager
Associate Professor of Law & IPIC Program Associate Director

James Chen
Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law

Jennifer Carter-Johnson
Associate Professor of Law

David Blankfein-Tabachnick
Assistant Professor of Law

Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”

The Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), School of Law, Singapore Management University, invites Intellectual Property (IP) scholars to participate in the Inaugural Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia’ that will take place at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, on 28-29 January 2016.

“IPScholars Asia” will provide a forum for scholars researching and writing on IP law-related issues in Asia (including IP and Competition law, International Trade and IP, Information Technology and Internet law, etc.) to present and discuss their works-in-progress with colleagues from other universities. Scholars with an interest in IP Law in Asia – whether they are based in Asia or in another country – are welcome to present their research at the Conference.

EIPIN Congress: IP and the Judiciary

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies is hosting, in partnership with the members of the EIPIN network and the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, the 17th EIPIN Congress, which will be held in Strasbourg, from the 28th to 30th January 2016, Palais universitaire. The topic of the Congress will be “Intellectual Property and the Judiciary”.

The objective of the congress is to study the role of the judiciary in the elaboration and implementation of IP law, to look at the way IP is applied in different court systems, be it in general courts, in specialized IP courts and quasi-judicial bodies as well as in specialized non-IP courts and to draw conclusions on how to ideally design courts in the future so that they can deal with IP in a balanced and most efficient way.

The Congress of Strasbourg aims to bring together a wide range of leading experts in the field – academics, judges, institutional – and to generate student working groups on the issues raised by the various stakeholders. Almost thirty judges and academics have accepted to confront their points of view.

Furthermore, the papers of the congress will be published in the EIPIN series by Edward Elgar.

The conference will be broadcast live on the Internet: and

For further informations, please visit: – CEIPI’s web,
– Spangenberg Center’s web,
– EIPIN’s web:

EPIP 2016

The Call for Papers for the 11th Annual Conference of EPIP has been announced. The Conference is being hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and will take place at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, on September 3-5, 2016. Details at

Keynote speakers include Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss (New York University School of Law), Professor Benjamin Jones (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University), Marshall Phelps (ipCreate), Maria Martin-Prat (European Commission, DG GROW), Shira Perlmutter (United States Patent and Trademark Office), Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (University of Sydney Law School), Professor Dietmar Harhoff (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), Professor Manuel Trajtenberg (Eitan Berglas School of Economics Tel-Aviv University), Professor Thomas Astebro (HEC Paris, KU Leuven), and Professor Adam Jaffe (Motu New Zealand, Queensland University of Technology).

EPIP is an international, independent, interdisciplinary, association of researchers, that brings together scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property rights. The Conference is co-sponsored by the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University Centre for Transformative Innovation, the UK IP Office, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Roundtable on Empirical Methods in IP – 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the third annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office are negotiating an agreement to co-host the event. The roundtable will take place in Washington, DC at the USPTO on April 29-30, 2016.

The roundtable is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

The roundtable will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project presenter will be expected to circulate a description of the project of no more than 10 pages by April 8. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.

We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and law. Travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.

Applications are due by February 12. We will notify applicants by March 1.

To apply to present at the workshop, please email with the following information:

Institutional Affiliation
Title of Project
Description of Project (<750 words) including the issues to be addressed and the empirical methods to be employed.
Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached data collection by the time of the workshop.

Christopher Buccafusco, Cardozo Law School
Alan Marco, Chief Economist USPTO
David Schwartz, Northwestern Law School

Munich Summer Institute 2016

Save the Date: Munich Summer Institute 2016
June 20-22, 2016, Munich, Germany

From June 20 to June 22, 2016, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will jointly organize the first Munich Summer Institute (MSI 2016).

The Munich Summer Institute 2016 will focus on three areas:
1) Digitization, Strategy and Organization (June 20, 2016) (organizers: Tobias Kretschmer and Jörg Claussen),
2) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (June 21, 2016) (organizer: Dietmar Harhoff),
3) Law & Economics of Innovation (June 22, 2016) (organizer: Stefan Bechtold).

The goal of the Munich Summer Institute is to stimulate a rigorous in-depth discussion of a select number of research papers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary international research community in these areas. Researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their career (from Ph.D. students to full professors) may attend the Munich Summer Institute as presenters, discussants or attendants.

The Munich Summer Institute will be held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters.

The Call for Papers will be published in early January, and the deadline for paper submissions is February 15, 2016. Any questions concerning the Munich Summer Institute should be directed to Stefan Bechtold (, Dietmar Harhoff ( or Tobias Kretschmer (

Geographical Indications at Geneva

For those of you who will be in/can come to Switzerland by mid-February, please note that the Law School of the University of Geneva organizes an international conference on Geographical Indications on February 11, 2016 which might be of interest to some of you (we will have speakers from WIPO, WTO, academia & private practice).

The detailed program is available at:
Full-time academics are welcome to attend the event for free (please send an email with your full contact details to in order to register).
On-line registration is otherwise available at:

National Policies on Secondary Pharma Patents at NYU

Over the past two decades the number of secondary pharmaceutical patents has grown in developed countries, together with concern about the diffusion of this practice to developing countries. Some developing countries have enacted policies restricting their grant on the view that such patents are not sufficiently innovative inventive and can raise prices and create barriers to access to medicines. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners to examine (1) the restrictions that exist in developed and developing countries on obtaining and enforcing secondary patents, and their effectiveness; (2) whether and how secondary pharmaceutical patents affect prices and access to medicines, and their impact, if any, on innovation incentives

For program details and a list of speakers, visit our website:

To register, RSVP