Copyright and Media Pluralism in China at Oregon

Copyright and Media Pluralism in China
University of Oregon School of Law
April 18, 2014

China’s copyright law is intended in part to establish the legal framework for driving the development of domestic cultural industries. Developing these industries is an increasingly important objective, as Chinese authorities pursue soft-power initiatives and seek to encourage “green,” high-growth, knowledge-based industries. There is an inherent tension, however, in China’s implementation of copyright law. The Chinese Communist Party’s traditional view of the media sector’s role as a state tool for guiding public opinion and providing moral edification clashes with the Party’s own economic liberalization policies, which triggered the creation and explosive growth of private-sector media producers and—in the case of the internet—distributors. What role, then, does copyright and media privatization play in Chinese society? Will it stimulate the development of an increasingly independent media, or will centralized media controls stunt the development of privatized media and attenuate their effect on politics and society?


Wendy Gordon, Boston University School of Law, Keynote
Rogier Creemers, Oxford University
Tianxiang He, Maastricht University
Li Jinying, Oregon State University
Lucy Montgomery, Queensland University of Technology
Eric Priest, University of Oregon School of Law
Hongsong Song, Yantai University School of Law
Kyu Ho Youm, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Peter Yu, Drake Law School
Yu Zhao, Zhejiang University

For a full schedule please visit the symposium website:

EPIP 2014 – Belgium

9th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association

Improving Innovation Systems

European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

September 4-5, 2014


We kindly request that you share this call with your colleagues.
For registration, detailed programme information and paper submissions please visit the
conference website :

The European Commission will host the 9th annual conference of The EPIP (European
Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Brussels, Sept. 4-5, 2014. Scholars and
practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of
intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without
scientific paper presentation.

The conference will explore how the IP systems in Europe can further growth and
innovation. Plenary sessions will be centred on the major theme of ‘Improving
Innovation Systems’. Leading economists, renown legal scholars, industry
representatives and policy makers will take the floor as keynote speakers to share their
insights and views on recent developments in the innovation and IP landscape.

The plenary sessions will focus on:
Growth, Innovation and Patents
Challenges to European IP Systems
Venture Capital and IP
Furthermore invited sessions will include sessions on:
Copyright Enforcement
Gender and IP
3D printing and IP
Topics of particular interest include:
Governance of IP systems
Growth, innovation and IP protection
IP and measurement of intangible assets
The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
Patent litigation
IP and competition policy
Trade marks and brands
Trade mark reform in Europe
Copyright in the digital economy
Copyright and incentives for creation
SME business models and IP
Integrated IP strategies
Venture capital and IP
IP and science
Gender and IP

We are pleased to welcome as keynote speakers:
Susanne Prantl (Cologne University, Germany)
Mark Lemley (Stanford University, USA)
William Janeway (Warburg Pincus, UK & USA)
Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College, UK)
Alison Brimelow CBE
Judge Colin Birss Q.C. (High Court, UK)
Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford University, UK)
Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow University and CREATe, UK)
Veerle Draulans (KU Leuven and Tilburg University, Belgium)
Karin Hoisl (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
K. Swanson JD PhD (Northeastern University School of Law, USA)
Kaori Saito (WIPO, Switzerland)
Thierry Rayna (ESG Management School, France)
Geertrui Van Overwalle and Reinout Leys (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University, UK)

Submission procedure for scientific papers

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted to the conference website:

Tribute to Suzanne Scotchmer at UC Berkeley

Innovation and Intellectual Property: A Tribute to Suzanne Scotchmer’s Work

MAY 1, 2014 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Professor Suzanne Scotchmer, of the UC Berkeley Economics Department, School of Public Policy, and School of Law, was among the most influential economists of her generation. She has published in elite law reviews as well as leading economics journals. Her book, Innovation and Incentives (MIT Press, 2004) is a classic in the field. She has been especially important with respect to her insights about cumulative innovation; these have moved the field away from the simplistic single-stage innovation model that once predominated in the IP field.To capture a range of perspectives on her influence while it is still fresh in the minds of the influenced will help carry her legacy forward.

IViR 25th Anniversary Conference in Amsterdam

The Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam will organize its 25th anniversary conference from July 2 to July 4 in Amsterdam. You are all cordially invited to attend.

The website of the conference is where you can find information regarding program, sessions, registration, and venue.

IPIL/Houston Copyright Conference in Santa Fe

IPIL/HOUSTON (the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center) announces its 2014 National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The title for this year’s event is: “ReCalibrating Copyright: Continuity, Contemporary Culture, and Change”. It will be held on Saturday, May 31st, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Presenters include: Olufunmilayo Arewa, Wendy Gordon, Lydia Loren, Phil Malone and Thomas Nachbar, with a special moderator: the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The conference website with additional details is here:

With apologies for cross-posting, we hope that if your schedule allows you will consider joining us in Santa Fe for what promises to be an outstanding event.

Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers at Brooklyn

Brooklyn Law School
New York, NY
April 4, 2014 Symposium:

We’d love to have you join us on April 4 at Brooklyn Law School for “From Bleak House to Geek House: Evolving Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers.” We’ve assembled a pretty excellent set of topics, speakers, demos, and workshops. Please feel free to join us and to spread the word through your networks. We’ll touch on a lot of themes of interest to the ipprofs community.

From Bleak House to Geek House will explore ways in which we can (1) use the law to improve the needs of entrepreneurs and society, and (2) use technology and other innovations to improve the law and legal process. The day and room will be filled with legal entrepreneurs and international visionaries in law, entrepreneurship, and innovation for compelling and forward-looking discussions, demonstrations, and networking.


IP and Gender at American

10th Annual IP/Gender:
Gender and the Regulation of Traditional Knowledge
Thursday, March 20, 2014
4:00pm – 6:00pm Reception to follow

Room 602
American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20016

For Registration, CLE info & Webcast (live and archived):

In coordination with the 2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Symposium: Federal Policy and Traditional Knowledge, this event will focus on the role of women and the effect of gender roles on national and international regulation in the area of traditional knowledge, as that term is broadly understood.

In many places, women are deemed to be the most important practitioners of certain old arts and the primary custodians of old ways of knowing, with many cultural “traditions” being passed primarily or exclusively from one generation of women to the next. Therefore, the consequences of introducing IP regimes in this area may have special significance for women and their communities, or may reflect underlying assumptions about gender, women’s role in processes of decolonization and development, and the distributive consequences of IP regimes.

The Roundtable will begin with comments by:
Margaret Chon – Seattle University School of Law
Danielle Conway – University of Hawaii School of Law
Suzan Harjo – Morningstar Institute (invited)
Moderated by: Peter Jaszi – American University Washington College of Law

Traditional Knowledge and IP at American

American University Washington College of Law
Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property
Annual Cherry Blossoms Symposium:
Traditional Knowledge: IP and Federal Policy
Friday, March 21, 2014 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Room 602
American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20016

For Registration, CLE info & Webcast (live and archived):

The second annual Cherry Blossom Symposium will focus on the intersection of intellectual property law and federal policy relating to “traditional knowledge.”

Panel 1: Initiatives to regulate commercial appropriation of names, symbols, and modes of cultural production associated with traditional and indigenous communities
Chair: Victoria Phillips – American University Washington College of Law
Suzan Harjo – Morningstar Institute
Gabrielle Tayac – National Museum of the American Indian
Eric Bruce Wilson – International Affairs Coordinator, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

Panel 2: Genetic Resources, Indigenous Peoples and Federal Policy
Chair: Jorge Contreras – American University Washington College of Law
Pilar Ossorio – University of Wisconsin Law School
Julia Fuld – Alumna, American University Washington College of Law
Ezra Rosser – American University Washington College of Law
Greg Dolin – University of Baltimore Center for Medicine and Law

Panel 3: Progress in the efforts of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore to establish international norms
Chair: Peter Jaszi – American University Washington College of Law
Michael Shapiro – United States Patent and Trademark Office (pending)
Molly Torsen Stech – US Copyright Office
Brigitte Vezina – Traditional Creativity, Cultural Expressions and Cultural Heritage Section, WIPO

Panel 4: Non-traditional solutions to IPR-related problems affecting traditional knowledge and its custodians
Chair: Michael Carroll – American University Washington College of Law
Margaret Chon – Seattle University School of Law
Danielle Conway – University of Hawaii School of Law
Student Representatives, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic – American University Washington College of Law

Privacy, Security and IP at John Marshall

You are cordially invited to attend our first IP and Information Security Conference: “When World’s Collide: Emerging Intersections in Privacy, Information Access and Intellectual Property” on March 20, 2014 from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm at The John Marshall Law School (Chicago). From credit card breaches to NSA surveillance programs, from drones to concerns over biometrics and the uses of big data the problems of privacy and information security have moved to the forefront of popular debate in the U.S. Increasingly these issues are intersecting with intellectual property laws as content owners, end users and intermediaries seek new methods for resolving privacy, cyber- and information security conflicts . We hope this conference will contribute to the critical dialogue between these separate but increasingly intersecting areas of law.

You can find more information on the program at, including registration information. The program is free but registration is required since lunch will be provided. Any questions, please contact

Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition 2014


From June 23 to June 25, 2014, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation
and Competition ( and the Center for Law & Economics
at ETH Zurich ( will jointly organize their


(formerly known as “Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and
Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law”). The conference
will enable a small number of junior researchers from law and from economics
to engage in an intensive, rigorous discussion of their own scholarly work.
Several senior professors from law and from economics departments in
Europe and the United States will provide feedback on the research

Keynote speakers & commentators include faculty of the hosting
institutions as well as Professors Robert Bone (University of Texas),
Petra Moser (Stanford University), Geertrui Van Overwalle (Universities
of Leuven & Tilburg), and Jerry Thursby (Georgia Tech). The conference
will be held at Castle Ringberg (,
which is located in a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany.
The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited
conference participants.

Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, postdocs, research
fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are
invited to submit their application online at

After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission”
form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft paper (“Upload
Paper”, draft paper is preferred, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum
vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, reference letters are
not required at submission time).

Papers may not be published by the conference date; papers already
accepted for publication must be in a stage where substantial feedback
is still helpful. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014. Notifications
of acceptance will be sent out by April 9, 2014. Papers are due for
circulation among conference participants and commentators on May
25, 2014.

For junior researchers from economics, research projects should relate
to industrial organization, competition, innovation and/or intellectual
property and may include formal models as well as empirical or
experimental approaches. For junior scholars from law, research projects
should relate to intellectual property and/or competition law and must
use law and economics as a research methodology. In order to achieve
a good international mix of workshop participants, submissions from
researchers from outside Europe are particularly encouraged. Any
questions concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof.
Stefan Bechtold,