The EU Patent Package in Brussels

On October 17th , 2014 the University of Antwerp and the Center for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) of the University of Leuven are organizing a conference on the EU Patent Package in Brussels at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (Academy Palace, Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels).

The objective of this conference is to go beyond a pure descriptive analysis of the different components of the Patent Package. On the one hand, we include an economic, legal, governance, university and industry perspective with respect to the patent package. On the other hand, we put the patent package in the broader context of ongoing patent reforms in the US and Japan and the general trend of establishing specialized IP courts throughout the world. In doing this, we hope to derive interesting lessons from “governance experiments” in the different jurisdictions and to provide useful, interdisciplinary insights for the further implementation of the EU patent package and the operation of the unitary patent and UPC.

Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 at Yale

Innovation Law Beyond IP 2: Call for Paper Proposals
Friday, August 1, 2014 – 5:30pm
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street
06520 New Haven, CT
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Innovation Law Beyond IP 2: Call for Paper Proposals

The Information Society Project at Yale Law School invites paper proposals for its upcoming conference, Innovation Law Beyond IP 2, to be held in New Haven on March 28-29, 2015. We will continue the style and substantive themes of the inaugural Beyond IP conference held in March 2014. While we welcome proposals under the general theme, this year we also particularly invite submissions under the sub-theme “Bringing the State Back In.”

Submission: A limited number of selected presenters will be given an opportunity to present their papers and to engage with one or two commentators. Please email proposals of 1-3 pages to Heather Branch ( (link sends e-mail)) no later than August 1, 2014.

Topic: Intellectual property law is only one of many legal institutions that can help promote, stifle, or govern knowledge production. For example, government transfers rewards to innovators through tax incentives, grants, and prizes; regulates innovation through the administrative state (the EPA, FTC, SEC, CPFB, etc.); creates legal rules and infrastructures that can help sustain or undermine commons-based production; and influences innovation through law and institutions related to immigration, tort law, education, and more. How do forms of law and governance beyond IP promote innovation, as well as values such as equity, privacy, and democracy? How should these systems be combined, both with one another and with IP law?

This year, while we welcome papers under this general theme, we also particularly invite papers that focus on the state’s role in establishing, enacting, and revising innovation law and policy. At the national, local, and international levels, the state plays a critical role in innovation, both by acting directly to fund and support it, and by serving as a meta-institution that establishes the parameters of other approaches to innovation, whether they be market or commons-based.

What role should the state play in innovation law, and where and how does the state play that role? How do we design a state that is institutionally capable of responding to the challenge of innovating, as well as designing innovation institutions? (For example, should we aim for an “experimental” approach to innovation policy, and can we identify different kinds of innovation law or examples of state intervention that are more or less resilient vis-à-vis dynamics of capture, corruption, waste, etc.?) Are there positive or negative examples of state-led innovation that we can learn from? And what might they teach us about the kind of state that we need to facilitate innovation?

Employee’s Invention Right in Paris

Paris Congress on Industrial Property on the Topic “Employee’s invention right: Asia – USA – Europe”, organized by the FNDE, in collaboration with CEIPI and CASRIP

The National Federation for the Corporation Law (FNDE) organizes the Paris Congress on Industrial Property on the topic “Employee’s invention right: Asia – USA – Europe”, in collaboration with CEIPI and the Center for Advanced Study & Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP), University of Washington.

This conference will be held on September 19, 2014 in Paris.

Mr Christophe Geiger, Director general and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI, will deliver the welcome address and Mr Yves Reboul, Professor Emeritus and Director of the French Section of CEIPI, will speak during the closing ceremony.


IP / Gender at American University

The Women and the Law Program
and the Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property
American University Washington College of Law

Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual IP/Gender Symposium
Save the Date: Friday February 27, 2015

This year, we will engage in a broad discussion of “Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law.” The symposium will take place in Washington, DC on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Rather than focus discussion on particular cultural practice, such as the creation and dissemination of fan fiction or the stewardship of traditional knowledge, this year, we seek papers and projects that address the full spectrum of feminist/queer theory and all aspects of intellectual property and information law. We encourage submissions from scholars, creators and activists who have not yet engaged with intellectual property law to explore how this legal space might open up new insights regarding the production of knowledge, commodification, definition and valuation of women’s work, and other areas of feminist and queer inquiry. We also hope to spur intellectual property scholars to explore how the tools of deliberately intersectional feminist and queer theory can shed new light on the challenge of creating intellectual property law that fosters social justice.

Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law in a special symposium volume.

Additional information, including some possible topics, can be found at:

We are interested in projects that relate to specific case studies, as well as more synthetic studies of these topics. We also welcome projects that include performance and demonstrations in connection with specific projects or overall themes. Please visit for a complete list of past presentations. Proposals from all disciplines, including law, women’s studies, queer studies, education, communication, cultural anthropology, development, medicine, sociology, and the arts are not only welcome, but encouraged.

If you are interested in taking part, please submit a 250-500 word précis of your project, with some indication of where your work on it stands, as well as a current C.V., by Monday, August 25, 2014, using this submission form. We will notify you of whether we will include your proposal in the program no later than Monday, September 8, 2014.

Innovation and Creation at George Mason

Common Ground: How Intellectual Property Unites Creators and Innovators
October 9-10, 2014
The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

George Mason University School of Law

Keynote Speaker: Professor Richard A. Epstein


This groundbreaking conference will explore the common ground shared by the innovation industries and the creative industries, where intellectual property secures bold risk-taking and revolutionary ingenuity by artists and inventors alike.

We will take a long overdue, fresh look at the relationship between these two central parts of the U.S. economy. Stale conventional wisdom says that the creative industries and innovation industries are inevitably and irreconcilably in conflict. The story goes that creators’ rights are “obstacles” to innovation, and that technological innovation harms creators. This conventional wisdom is wrong.

The true story of innovation and creativity is a virtuous circle. Technology gives artists and creators the tools to create entirely new mediums and the ability to reach worldwide audiences. Creativity, in turn, fuels the video, music, and games that make smartphones, iPads, and even the entire Internet so well-loved.

Innovation is creative and creativity is innovative. Both industries engage in brilliant intellectual work to bring new products and services into the world and both take great risks to commercialize their work. Both also depend on intellectual property, which secures their work and investment, thus promoting the virtuous circle of creativity and innovation.

**9 Hours Virginia CLE (Credit Pending)**


Students, government employees, and members of the press may register for free. To do so, please email your name, organization or university (as you would like it to appear on your name badge), and preferred contact email address to Kristina Pietro at

IP Celebration at Strasbourg

Le Centre d’études internationales de la propriété intellectuelle (CEIPI) de l’Université de Strasbourg, reconnu pour son expertise en matière de formation et de recherche en propriété intellectuelle, fête cette année ses 50 ans d’existence.

A l’occasion de cette célébration, le CEIPI organisera les 27 et 28 novembre 2014 au Conseil de l’Europe à Strasbourg, un colloque international sur le thème : « Les perspectives d’évolution du système de propriété intellectuelle dans un monde globalisé ».

L’objectif de cette manifestation est de rassembler de hauts représentants de la propriété intellectuelle et des institutions publiques, des universitaires de renom en droit et en économie, des professionnels et des représentants de l’industrie, afin d’échanger leurs visions et de proposer, à l’heure de la mondialisation, des pistes de développement futur pour les systèmes européen et international de propriété intellectuelle. Dans le prolongement du colloque, des actes seront publiés et donneront lieu à un ouvrage.

En outre, le discours d’ouverture sera prononcé par M. Arnaud MONTEBOURG, Ministre de l’Economie, du Redressement productif et du Numérique.

Nous vous invitons à vous inscrire en adressant un email à l’adresse suivante : Les inscriptions débutent le 1er juillet 2014.

Des informations complémentaires sont disponibles sur notre site internet : ou par mail :

Empirical Methods in IP at Chicago-Kent

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the second annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property sponsored by Chicago-Kent’s Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property. The roundtable will take place in Chicago, IL on September 19-20.

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 September 5. 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 August 1. A future email will provide more information about submission guidelines. Please email us if you have any questions in the meantime.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

David Schwartz & Christopher Buccafusco
Co-Directors, CESIP

Broadband Regulation at AEI

Conference Announcement – Call for Participation
A by-invitation workshop organized by the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet,
Communications, and Technology Policy and the University of Nebraska College of Law, and
cosponsored by the Federal Communications Commission
September 10–12, 2014
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC
Over the past 20 years, the communications ecosystem has rapidly converged toward general purpose
and interoperable digital networks. More recently this convergence has facilitated competition from
both traditional and new firms using both facilities-based and over-the-top platforms. This ongoing
evolution of the broadband ecosystem is changing both the shape of the industry and how we think
about regulating it.
On September 10–12, the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and
Technology Policy and the University of Nebraska College of Law, in collaboration with the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), will be hosting a three-day conference to discuss these issues. The
conference is intended to highlight the latest academic thinking on broadband regulation and to give
FCC staff the opportunity to interact with leading scholars. The conference will feature presentations of
10 academic papers, commentary from policy experts and regulators, and plenary sessions.
This call for participation asks for interested parties to submit abstracts for papers related to the
following topics, as well as expressions of interest from or nominations for possible commentators:
- Has the FCC’s “light touch” approach to Internet regulation been a success? What lessons can
we learn from the past 20 years?
- What does the future hold in terms of changing uses and architectures? What are the
implications for regulatory policy?
- How will changes in content and Internet consumption habits impact the Internet? What are the
implications for policy?
- How are communications technologies and infrastructures likely to evolve over the coming
decade? For example, what are the prospects for and implications of “5G” and millimeter wave
- How do we approach the emergence of the Internet of Things? What policy, safety, and privacy
issues need to be addressed?
- Do evolving economic theories of innovation provide useful insights that can guide regulatory
policy? If so, how?
- How does administrative procedure affect the substance of communications law and
- How should economic theories of dynamic competition be incorporated in regulatory policy?
- How should regulators approach changing technologies?
- What are the implications of over-the-top for the structure of telecommunications regulation?
- How is the breakdown of the traditional communications silos affecting telecom regulation
today? How is it likely to continue affecting regulation in the future?
All disciplines are welcome to submit. For papers, please submit abstracts up to 500 words, together
with author biographies, to Guro Ekrann at by June 25, 2014. For possible
commentators, please submit biographies or CVs. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July 15,
and papers may be published in a conference compendium.

Scholars Conference on IP Law in Vienna

We are pleased to announce that Scholars Conference on Intellectual Property Law (S©IPLAW) will take place from September 16th to 17th 2014 at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna (Austria) for the first time.

This Conference aims at providing both senior scholars and young researchers in the field of intellectual property law a forum to present the results of their scientific work, to have intense discussions of the topics and to obtain valuable feedback for further research. The conference primarily addresses IP issues within the European legal framework, but it is not limited to European law. In fact we also invite researchers from overseas to get new perspectives and an overview of IP issues from outside Europe. Thus we encourage you to consider submitting an abstract to S©IPLAW. Please find the Call for Papers and further information on our website We are able to provide a contribution to your travel costs. The deadline for submitting an abstract will be extended until June 30th.

CFP: John Marshall RIPL Symposium on Art Meets Law

The John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law Call for Papers:

The Sixth Annual Symposium for The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL) will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014, at The John Marshall Law School. The conference theme is “Art meets Law: The Intersection of Art and Intellectual Property.” The Symposium will bring together an inspiring group of individuals to publish their writings in our journal in the 2015 RIPL Symposium Issue and present their works at the symposium on October 24,

Deadline: June 15, 2014

RIPL is pleased to extend an invitation to you to propose a paper on any topic encompassed by the theme of “Art meets Law: The Intersection of Art and Intellectual Property.” Please submit your proposal by June 15, 2014 to the Symposium Editor via email at the address listed below. Submissions should be Word or text files, double-spaced, in 12 point font. Accepted papers will be published and authors may be invited to present their works at the Symposium. For questions regarding submissions, contact Symposium Editor Amy Taylor at

RIPL is an honors law review comprised of top students participating in the internationally recognized IP program at the John Marshall Law School. RIPL is available in libraries across the world and is published online. These students have a variety of IP backgrounds, experience in trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright law, and an extensive amount of editing experience. Since its founding, RIPL has earned accolades and judicial citation by publishing reputable authors, including Justice John Paul Stevens, Chief Judge Paul Michel, Judge Richard Linn and Donald Chisum.