Supreme Court IP Review at Chicago-Kent

2015 Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR)
Friday, September 25, 2015

The Program in Intellectual Property Law and the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law invite you to attend the sixth annual Supreme Court IP Review (SCIPR). SCIPR is the only annual conference in the country focused exclusively on intellectual property cases before the Supreme Court.

This year’s SCIPR features a keynote by the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who will address “Censorship in the Guise of Authorship: Harmonizing Copyright and the First Amendment.”

Other speakers include top Supreme Court advocates from the parties and amici curiae, plus leading academics from around the country, who will discuss:
B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.
Commil USA v. Cisco
Hana Financial, Inc., v. Hana Bank
Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz

Participating Supreme Court and IP practitioners include:
David Applegate, Williams Montgomery & John
David Clough, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
William Jay, Goodwin Procter
Sydney Kokjohn, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff
Bart Lazar, Seyfarth Shaw
Mark Mutterperl, Bracewell & Giuliani
Claudia Ray, Kirkland & Ellis
Tom Saunders, WilmerHale
Fiona Schaeffer, Milbank
Mark Strachan, Sayles | Werbner

Participating legal scholars include:
Christine Farley, American University
Daniel Katz, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Edward Lee, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Daryl Lim, John Marshall Law School
Greg Reilly, California Western School of Law
Christopher Schmidt, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Texas A&M University School of Law
Melissa Wasserman, University of Illinois College of Law

SCIPR 2015 is made possible in part by the generous support of sponsors, including McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and the Benjamin Franklin Project.
Date | Location | Continuing Legal Education

Friday, September 25, 2015
Conference: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reception: 4 to 5 p.m.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, lllinois 60661 [map]

This conference is eligible for 4.25 hours of IL MCLE.

Register online at by September 24 at noon Central time.
$35 for attorneys and the general public
$15 for academics not affiliated with Chicago-Kent
No charge for Chicago-Kent faculty, Chicago-Kent students, and students from other law schools

Please contact Ms. Patricia O’Neal at or 312.906.5128.

IPScholars Asia in Singapore

Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”

Call for Papers

School of Law, Singapore Management University

28 – 29 January 2016

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.


Interested scholars can submit the request to present by emailing their contact information, academic affiliation and short bio, a title and short abstract of their work-in-progress (500 words or less) as a Word or PDF attachment to the following email address:

Please indicate “IPScholars Asia” in the email subject line.

In addition to presenters, we welcome non-presenting attendees on a space-available basis. Please email your request to attend the Conference without presenting to our Centre at

The language of the Conference is English. Requests to present and submissions (including abstracts and papers) should be in English.


The priority deadline for submitting a request to present a work-in-progress is 15 October 2015. The final deadline to submit requests to present is 30 October 2015. After this date, late applicants will be placed on a waiting list and presentation slots will be offered only if available (or become available).

We will send notifications of acceptance by 13 November 2015.

The schedule of the Conference will be available around 15 December 2015.

There is no paper publication requirement to participate in “IPScholars Asia.”

We will distribute in advance soft-copy (PDF) abstracts of the works-in-progress to be presented at the Conference to all participants. Participants are also encouraged (but not obliged) to submit a paper draft before the Conference. The deadline for this submission will be announced at the time of acceptance of a request to present. We will distribute soft-copy (PDF) drafts of the papers at the Conference.


The Conference will start on Thursday 28 January at 9 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks).
A casual dinner will follow at the conclusion of the first day.

The Conference will resume on Friday 29 January at 9 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks).
Thereafter there will be a casual farewell dinner for those who have time to attend.

Time allotted to each presentation will depend on the final number of presenters. We encourage participants to reserve a considerable amount of their allotted time for questions, comments, and feedback.

Depending on the final schedule, we may have a panel of senior scholars or a keynote speaker during the lunch time on Thursday and/or Friday.

We would like to encourage all participants—presenters and attendees—to attend the whole Conference (i.e. Thursday and Friday) in order to offer to all presenters the same opportunity for feedback on their research.


There will be no registration fee for the conference. We will provide complimentary refreshments, lunch, and dinner during the two days of the Conference.

However, conference presenters and attendees must cover their own travel-related and accommodations expenses. They will also be responsible for obtaining travel visa and any other necessary travel documents to attend the Conference.

We will reserve several rooms in hotels near to the School of Law that offer a preferred rate. We will post the relevant information on the Conference website by 1 October 2015. Participants can book a room with these hotels directly. We also encourage participants to check for affordable hotel rates and other travel arrangements online.


We are trying to secure funds to partially assist IP scholars in financial need to attend the Conference.

Any scholars from developing countries in Asia whose papers have been accepted for presentation and who cannot otherwise secure financial support to attend the Conference are welcome to contact us at and submit a request for partial sponsorship by 30 November 2015. Each request will be considered individually depending on the availability of funds.


For first time visitors to Singapore, you may find information on Singapore via the following website;


For any queries, feel free to email us at

Conference website:

For additional information about ARCIALA see

Global Congress in IP and the Public Interest at Delhi

The Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
National Law University, Delhi, India

DEC 15-17, 2015
The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest is the most significant event on the calendar for scholars and policy advocates working on intellectual property from a public interest perspective. The Global Congress supports the formation of strong networks and the dissemination of research and strategies amongst academics and practitioners, with the aim of empowering them to respond to law reform and enforcement proposals that threaten access and innovation, and to put forward a positive agenda for policy reform. The Global Congress began in Washington DC in 2011, moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and was held in Cape Town in 2013. The fourth Global Congress will now be held in New Delhi, in December 2015. The event would be the largest convening of public interest-oriented intellectual property practitioners ever held in Asia, and would help link in the world’s most populous region to these global debates around how intellectual property policy can best serve the public interest.

The fourth edition of the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest brings research, civil society, industry and regulatory and policy-making communities together for active, intense engagement on key public-interest intellectual property issues. Opportunities for these groups to interact are rare but valuable; and have been proven to lead to successful policy outcomes. The fourth edition of the Congress, slated to be held in December, 2015 in New Delhi will be one such opportunity.

US-China IP Conference at Berkeley

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and Renmin University of China Law School are pleased to announce the 4th Annual US-China IP Conference to compare developments and trends in two countries critical for any IP creation and protection strategy: China and the United States. Leading scholars, government officials and practicing lawyers from China will join US experts to examine vital current topics including:
Opportunities and Challenges in US-China Film Co-Production and Other Media
New Trends and and Legal Issues in Transnational Technology Investment
Specialized IP Courts
Recent Developments on Copyright: Legislation and Cases
Recent Developments on Patents: Legislation and Cases
Cross-border IP Enforcement

US-China IP Conference: Best Practices for Innovation and Creativity

Dates: Thursday, October 8, 2015 – Friday, October 9, 2015
(all day October 8th and half day October 9th)
Location: Berkeley, CA

Registration opens August 19th ».
Additional conference details to be announced.

Approved CLE credit by the State Bar of California will be available.

Internet Policy Workshop at Swinburne

Swinburne Internet Policy Workshop

Date: Monday 5 October
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: The Zelman Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Swinburne Internet Policy Workshop, organised by the Swinburne Institute of Social Research’s Digital Society group and generously sponsored by auDA. The workshop is organised in conjunction with auDA’s Australian Internet Governance Forum (to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October 2015). Scholars with an interest in Internet policy will explore research aspects of the auIGF’s agenda and other Internet policy issues.

The IP Platform at George Mason

Please join us for 2015 Fall Conference hosted by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law


September 30—October 1, 2015
George Mason University School of Law
Arlington, Virginia

9 Hours Virginia CLE

For more information and to register, visit:

This conference will consider how the broad intellectual property platform promotes the creation of new inventions and creative works and makes possible the distribution of new products and services throughout the world.

Far from operating independently of one another, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets provide an integrated set of protections for the wide range of steps that take something from idea to reality. At every step of the creation and distribution chain—from the lab or studio, to extensive development, to branding and advertisement and retail distribution—intellectual property empowers the inventors, artists, manufacturers, retailers, and marketing professionals who contribute to a flourishing innovative and creative economy.

We hope you will join us for an exciting and intellectually rewarding event!

Algorithms and Accountability at Yale

Call for Abstracts: Unlocking the Black Box
Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 12:00pm
Yale Law School See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Unlocking the Black Box

The Promise and Limits of Algorithmic Accountability in the Professions

The Yale Law School Information Society Project is seeking abstracts of papers for a conference on big data and algorithmic accountability to be held on April 1-2, 2016. The abstract submission deadline is August 23, 2015, by 11:59PM.

The increasing power of big data and algorithmic decision-making—in commercial, government, and even non-profit contexts—has raised concerns among academics, activists, journalists and legal experts. Three characteristics of algorithmic ordering have made the problem particularly difficult to address. The data used may be inaccurate or inappropriate. Algorithmic modeling may be biased or limited. And the uses of algorithms are still opaque in many critical sectors.

No single academic field can address all the new problems created by algorithmic decision-making. Collaboration among experts in different fields is starting to yield important responses. For example, digital ethicists have offered new frameworks for assessing algorithmic manipulation of content and persons, grounding their interventions in empirical social science—and, in turn, influencing regulation of firms and governments deploying algorithms. Empiricists may be frustrated by the “black box” nature of algorithmic decision making; they can work with legal scholars and activists to open up certain aspects of it (via FOIA and fair data practices laws). Journalists, too, have been teaming up with computer programmers and social scientists to expose new privacy-violating technologies of data collection, analysis, and use—and to push regulators to crack down on the worst offenders.

Researchers are going beyond the analysis of extant data, and joining coalitions of watchdogs, archivists, open data activists, and public interest attorneys, to assure a more balanced set of “raw materials” for analysis, synthesis, and critique. As an ongoing, intergenerational project, social science must commit to assuring the representativeness and relevance of what is documented—lest the most powerful “pull the strings” in comfortable obscurity, while scholars’ agendas are dictated by the information that, by happenstance or design, is readily available. What would similar directions for legal scholars and journalists look like? This conference will aim to answer that question, setting forth algorithmic accountability as a paradigm of what Kenneth Gergen has called “future-forming” research.

Algorithmic accountability calls for the development of a legal-academic community, developed inter-disciplinarily among theorists and empiricists, practitioners and scholars, journalists and activists. This conference will explore early achievements among those working for algorithmic accountability, and will help chart the future development of an academic community devoted to accountability as a principle of research, investigation, and action.

The conference seeks abstracts on topics including:

The law and ethics of artificial intelligence
Algorithmic accountability in medicine, finance, journalism, law, and education
Algorithms and transparency
How can law enable “innovative” journalism and research?
The effect of socio-technological environment on professional practices and norms
What are the black boxes lawyers and policymakers most want exposed?
500-700 word abstracts may be submitted by August 23 to Heather Branch at (link sends e-mail). Notifications of selection will be made by September 10. Full first draft papers are expected on December 15, 2015.

Conference Organizers

Frank Pasquale (Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law), Caitlin Petre (Resident Fellow, Yale Information Society Project), and Valerie Belair-Gagnon (Executive Director and Research Scholar, Yale Information Society Project)

PatCon 6 at Boston College

PatCon 6: The Annual Patent Conference
Date and Time:
Friday, April 8, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Boston College Law School
Please mark your calendars for PatCon 6, the sixth annual Patent Conference, which will take place on Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Boston College Law School.

The Patent Conference is an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from the fields of law, economics, management science, public health, history of science, and other disciplines can share their research. In addition, PatCon stands out in its commitment to including judges, USPTO personnel, and members of industry in order to encourage applications of scholarship in the wider world.
The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among Boston College Law School (David Olson), the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance), Northwestern University School of Law (David Schwartz), and the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman).
We will post a Call-for-Papers soon, but please feel free to contact me in the meantime with any questions at We hope to see you at PatCon 6!

Best regards,
David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman, and Andrew Torrance
About PatCon: The Patent Conference began in 2010, when the founders of PatCon—law professors David Olson, David Schwartz, Ted Sichelman, and Andrew Torrance—realized that the growth and importance of research in the area of patents required an exclusive forum that would enable participants to share their research with other experts and explore links across the legal and business side of patents.