Mosaic Conference at Marquette

The First Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship
Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Nov. 14, 2014

Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, WI

Creativity Without Law at Case Western

Creativity without Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Cleveland, OH

The Center for Law, Technology & the Arts Symposium
Arthur W. Fiske Distinguished Lecture Series
Berkman Center for Internet and Society – Harvard University

NOV 7, 2014
8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The event will focus on the growing body of scholarship examining the on-the-ground practices of creators and innovators. That scholarship challenges intellectual property orthodoxy by suggesting that incentives for creative production often exist in the absence of, or in disregard for, formal legal protections. Instead, many communities rely on evolving social norms and market responses to ensure creative incentives. From tattoo artists to medical researchers, Nigerian filmmakers to roller derby players, these communities demonstrate how creativity can thrive without legal incentives, and perhaps more strikingly, that some creative communities prefer self regulation to law. We will consider both the merits and limitations of this line of research. We expect the conference to offer important practical insights for lawyers who represent clients in creative fields, helping them understand doctrinal limits on IP protection as well as the non legal considerations that shape client motivations, expectations, and business decisions.

Mosaic: Diverse Voices in IP Scholarship

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First Annual Mosaic Conference: Diverse Voices in Intellectual Property Scholarship

Date: Friday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2014

Location: Marquette University Law School

Organizing Committee: Prof. Danielle Conway (Hawaii,; Prof. Llewellyn Gibbons (Toledo,; Prof. Deidre Keller (Ohio Northern,; Prof. Lateef Mtima (Howard,; Prof. Kali Murray (Marquette,; Prof. Xuan-Thao Nguyen (Indiana McKinney,; Prof. Janewa OseiTutu (Florida International,; Prof. Peter Yu (Drake,

The objective of this conference is to bring together IP scholars and activists of diverse and multicultural backgrounds and perspectives to explore socially progressive and non-traditional ideas in IP law, policy, and social activism. If you’re interested in participating as a panelist or presenter, or joining the Organizing Committee, please contact any member of the Committee.

Personalized Medicine and IP at BU

Personalized Medicine and Intellectual Property Conference
Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA

Personalized Medicine and Intellectual Property Conference
In the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that found that the human gene BRCA (which produces tumor suppression proteins) and a diagnostic test for Vitamin B deficiency were not inventions that could be patented, BU Law is hosting this conference to examine the potential impact of these rulings on medical research by private companies. The Kauffman Foundation is funding the conference, which will bring together legal, business and economic experts to weigh in on the after-effects of the Prometheus and Mryiad rulings.

The event is open to the public. More information to come.
9:00am on Monday, August 25th 2014
End Time
Redstone Building, Room 101

Supreme Court IP Review at Chicago-Kent

Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)
The Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR) is a conference designed to provide intellectual property practitioners, jurists, legal academics and law students with a review of IP cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s previous Term, a preview of cases on the docket for the upcoming Term, and a discussion of cert. petitions to watch.

SCIPR 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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Gikii at Sussex

Call For Papers

September 1-2 2014

University of Sussex, Brighton

Could a computer virus go on a killing rampage? What are the legal issues surrounding 3D-printed drones? Is Bitcoin the beginning of the end of the existing financial system, or just another fad? Is privacy dead in the post-Snowden world? What has net neutrality ever done for me? Why did Facebook buy an over-sized virtual reality helmet? Where is my flying car? Who would win in a fight, Superman or Doctor Manhattan?

If you find yourself asking these and other similar questions, then Gikii is the place for you. We encourage papers that ask questions that would never be asked in other conferences. Our aim is to be as open and intuitive as possible. If you have a legal paper dealing with the interface between popular culture, science and technology, then Gikii is the place for you.

This year Gikii returns to the south of England and visits the alternative shores of Brighton.

Please send your abstracts (not exceeding 700 words) to Andres Guadamuz or Professor Lilian Edwards by June 1st 2014.

BioIP New Scholars Workshop at Boston University

Call for Abstracts: 2015 bioIP New Scholars Workshop

The American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) is pleased to announce the first annual bioIP New Scholars Workshop on May 7, 2015 at Boston University School of Law.

The Workshop will offer a unique opportunity for three new scholars (in their first decade of teaching) to present their draft scholarship for in-depth critique and commentary by respected senior scholars in the field.

Topics for the workshop are at the intersection of biotechnology/life sciences/FDA and IP (hence, bioIP), broadly defined. A Review Committee will select papers for the Workshop in a blind process. Papers should present an original thesis and contribute to scholarly literature. The Workshop will not review published work.

Scholars with fewer then ten years of teaching experience interested in having their papers reviewed should submit an abstract (up to 500 words) of the proposed paper (without identifying details) along with a CV to Ted Hutchinson, Executive Director of the ASLME at by Oct 1, 2014. Selected abstracts will be announced later in Fall 2014 with the full papers due one month prior to the date of the Workshop. The organizers will cover reasonable travel and lodging expenses. VAPs and Fellows are eligible for the Workshop.

The Workshop Committee consists of faculty from: The Boston University School of Law; Georgia State University College of Law; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

For questions, please email Kevin Outterson at

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?