Information at Toronto

The Constitution of Information: From Gutenberg to Snowden

May 28-29, 2015

University of Toronto

The invention of the printing press and its rapid adoption throughout Europe towards the end of the 15th century had sparked several struggles over who controls the production, use, and dissemination of information. These struggles helped shaping many of our most important cultural, scientific, political, and legal institutions, including those lying at the heart of the constitutional order of the modern state. The scientific revolution, the emergence of the modern state and its gradual separation from the Church, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, intellectual property, and privacy, including search and seizure law, are only some of the institutions whose formation is closely connected to the printing revolution and information revolution that ensued.
This conference will focus on the current digital revolution, the current struggles over the control of the production, dissemination, and use of information, and how those struggles impact on our understanding and experience of traditional liberties, the rule of law, and constitutional rights, and democratic governance.
For example, the information age brings with it challenges to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, democratic accountability, and freedom of information. Information is at once more available and more controllable then before.
Many of us have written about specific facets of these challenges from within our own diverse specialties in areas such as intellectual property, privacy, freedom of expression, health law, communication law, etc. Although these debates have arisen within specific legal contexts (defamation, copyright infringement, pharmaceutical regulation, search and seizure) many have also shared a concern for the role of various information intermediaries and the resulting complex private/public relationships.
This conference will bring together diverse scholars who have explored different aspects of information and communications technology on our basic rights and liberties and asks them to reach beyond their specialized conversations to take account of the bigger picture: is the information age fundamentally reshaping our constitutional order? How should law respond? Our aim is to expand the scope of our understanding beyond how the law or discrete laws constitute information to the Constitution of information.
There is an ancient parable of several blind men and an elephant. In the parable, the blind men feel different parts of an elephant and then try to understand the sort of thing that an elephant is. Of course, the person who touched the head has a radically different response from the person who touched the tusk or the person who touched the tail.
This conference tries to bring the elephant into view.
Never has it been more important to take stock. The place of digital information technologies in society, and its intersection with all these issues, has been changing rapidly. The increasing role of user-generated content, the dramatic explosion of Big Data, the retreat of governments from collecting and processing some forms of information on the one hand, and the stunning revelations regarding surveillance by the NSA and other agencies (in the US and elsewhere) on the other hand, make it imperative that we understand the bigger picture regarding the nature of power and the nature of freedom in the information society.
Lisa Austin, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School
Ariel Katz, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Trudo Lemmens, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland Law School
Margaret Jane Radin, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law
Pamela Samuelson, UC Berkeley School of Information and Boalt Hall Law School
Brett Frischmann, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Michael Geist, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law
The conference organizers are Professors Ariel Katz and Lisa Austin, with the generous support of:
The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, Tel Aviv University
Google Canada
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
The papers presented in the conference will be published in a special issue of Theoretical Inquiries in Law.

Privacy at Fordham

Ninth Law & Information Society Symposium
May 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fordham University School of Law
The Costantino Room | Skadden Conference Center
150 West 62nd Street.
New York, NY 10023

Trends in the global processing of data, developments in new technologies, privacy enforcement actions and government surveillance put international privacy at the center of the global law and policy agenda. Government regulators, policymakers, legal experts, and industry players need to find solutions to cross-border conflicts and to the issues presented by innovative technologies. This conference seeks to create a robust, but informal dialog that will explore possible solutions to current questions arising from the international legal framework, infrastructure architecture and commercial practices. The conference will use a unique format. Each panel will start with a short presentation on the technological and business context to set the stage. The panel will be an informal, moderated roundtable discussion with a select group of experts followed by a question and answer session from the audience.

IP Scholars Roundtable at Texas A&M

The Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law is proud to present the inaugural Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable, which will be held on Friday-Saturday, October 9-10, 2015. Bringing together intellectual property and technology law scholars, this interdisciplinary event will provide academics with an annual forum for sharing research and peer networking.

In addition to the usual work-in-progress presentations, this annual roundtable will feature substantial commentary offered by veteran commentators and extended Q&A sessions. Whether as a presenter or a commentator, the event will provide an excellent and welcoming platform for exchanging ideas, presenting research, and sharing experiences. It will be of considerable interest to non-tenured and tenured professors alike.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses. Because no concurrent sessions are to be scheduled, the limited presentation slots will be allotted on a space-available basis. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact Prof. Megan Carpenter ( or Prof. Peter Yu (

Texas A&M IP Faculty

Prof. Irene Calboli
Prof. Megan M. Carpenter
Prof. H. Brian Holland
Prof. Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.
Prof. Saurabh M. Vishnubhakat
Prof. Peter K. Yu

Confirmed Participants

Prof. Derek E. Bambauer, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Prof. Jane Bambauer, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Prof. Ann Bartow, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Dr. Henry Biggs, Washington University School of Law
Prof. Jeremy Bock, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis
Prof. Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law
Prof. Sarah Burstein, University of Oklahoma College of Law
Prof. Pascale Chapdelaine, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (Canada)
Prof. Julie Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Prof. Deven R. Desai, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology
Prof. Tonya M. Evans, Widener University School of Law
Prof. Thomas C. Folsom, Regent University School of Law
Prof. Roger A. Ford, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Prof. Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky College of Law
Prof. Kristelia A. García, University of Colorado Law School
Prof. Shubha Ghosh, University of Wisconsin Law School
Prof. Llewellyn J. Gibbons, University of Toledo College of Law
Prof. Donna M. Gitter, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York
Dr. Patrick Goold, IP Fellow, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Prof. Yaniv Heled, Georgia State University College of Law
Prof. Ryan T. Holte, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Erik Hovenkamp, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
Prof. Christopher M. Holman, UMKC School of Law
Prof. William Hubbard, University of Baltimore School of Law
Prof. Margot E. Kaminski, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
Prof. Dmitry Karshtedt, George Washington University Law School
Prof. Ariel Katz, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Prof. Deidré A. Keller, Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University
Prof. Jay P. Kesan, University of Illinois College of Law
Prof. Sapna Kumar, University of Houston Law Center
Prof. Megan M. La Belle, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America
Prof. Marshall A. Leaffer, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Prof. David S. Levine, Elon University School of Law
Prof. Irina D. Manta, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University
Prof. Connie D. Nichols, Baylor Law School
Prof. David S. Olson, Boston College Law School
Prof. Lucas Osborn, Campbell University School of Law
Prof. W. Nicholson Price II, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Prof. Lisa P. Ramsey, University of San Diego School of Law
Prof. Guy A. Rub, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
Prof. Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul University College of Law
Prof. Martin R.F. Senftleben, VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Prof. Brenda M. Simon, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Prof. David O. Taylor, SMU Dedman School of Law
Dilan Thampapillai, Australian National University College of Law (Australia)
Prof. Andrew W. Torrance, University of Kansas School of Law
Prof. Marketa Trimble, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Prof. Shine Tu, West Virginia University College of Law
Prof. Deepa Varadarajan, St. John’s University School of Law
Joy Y. Xiang, IP Fellow, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Prof. Steven R. Wilf, University of Connecticut School of Law

Law-STEM Alliance at Northwestern

Bridges not Barriers: The Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Northwestern University School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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Registration begins at 8 am
Program begins at 9 am
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Northwestern University School of Law invites you to a one-day conference that explores the role of law, policy, and regulation in the innovation process, and the role of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in the process of law and policy-making. Speakers and panelists will include industry experts and academics in the fields of data security and privacy; energy and the environment; biotech and medicine; and intellectual property. The conference will analyze the value of deliberate and collaborative partnerships between scientists, lawyers, engineers, regulators, and policy-makers in designing creative solutions that will facilitate innovation. This conference has been approved for a total of 5 CLE credit hours in the state of Illinois. The conference is free, but registration is required.
Conference highlights include:
Featured presentation by Marquis Technologies’ John Veschi (formerly CEO of Rockstar Consortium)
A conversation with Deans Julio Ottino of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and Dan Rodriguez of Northwestern Law
Panels covering the fields of Data Security and Privacy; Energy and the Environment; and Biotech and Medicine.
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This conference continues the tradition of innovation at Northwestern Law and is one in a series of programmatic initiatives – including our new Master of Science in Law program – that are designed to bring together the disciplines of law, business, technology, and science.
Join us for a lively discussion on the “Law-STEM Alliance as a Catalyst for Innovation.”

EPIP 2015

European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP)

IP in the Creative Economy

CREATe, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
2-3 September 2015

For registration and programme information, please visit the conference website

CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, will host the 10th annual conference of the EPIP Association (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Glasgow, September 2-3, 2015. 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 the role of Intellectual Property (IP) in the Creative Economy, with a focus on copyright, data and the changing economics of the digital world. Conceptual and methodological overlaps with the traditional topics of EPIP relating to patents and technological innovation are particularly encouraged.

Plenary sessions will focus on the digital economy, economic history and evidence, copyright reform and big data. Panels are also being prepared on the unitary patent, and the overlap of trade dress and designs. Keynote speakers will include Ian Hargreaves (Cardiff, UK), Petra Moser (Stanford, USA), Pamela Samuelson (Berkeley, USA) and Richard Watt (Canterbury NZ, and Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, SERCI).

This is a peer-reviewed conference, and we welcome submissions of Full Papers and Proposals for Themed Sessions of 3-4 papers. We will also consider Extended Abstracts.

Proposals for a themed session should name the organiser, three speakers that have agreed to participate (supported by abstracts for each paper), and a brief rationale for the session (one paragraph).

Deadline for submissions: May 20, 2015
Notification of acceptance: June 8, 2015

Submission Portal:

Internet Safety at New York Law School

The First Annual Internet Safety Conference
New York Law School
October 3-4, 2015

Sponsored by AT&T, this two-day conference will bring together US Senators and Congresspersons, leading academics, practicing lawyers, advocates, teachers, parents, and students in a vigorous discussion about the use of digital and internet technologies to harass, bully, and intimidate others. Topics will include, but are not limited to, representing victims of “revenge porn” and cyberbullying, what institutions and corporations can do to help create safe working and educational environments, and proposed state and federal legislation. Academic and practitioner panels discussing cutting edge internet safety and digital citizenship topics will also take place, as will victims’ roundtables. Call For Papers is forthcoming. Contact Ari Ezra Waldman, Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, at with any questions.

Post-Grant Patent Proceedings at Baltimore

The University of Baltimore is excited to host a conference on post-grant proceedings on April 17, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We would love to have you join us — so much so that for any subscriber to IPProfs we are willing to waive the non-existent registration fee.

Judge Michel will deliver a keynote talk over lunch regarding patent reform, and we have a great lineup of speakers for two panel discussions:
* William P. Atkins, Partner and Leader of IP Litigation, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
* Andrew S. Baluch, Partner, Foley & Lardner, former Director of International IP Enforcement for the White House
* Gregory Dolin, Associate Professor and Associate Director for the Center for the Law of Intellectual Property and Technology, University of Baltimore School of Law
* Matthew Dowd, Partner, Wiley Rein
* James Gould, Counsel, RatnerPrestia, former Legal Director for Merck & Co.
* George Medlock, Assistant General Counsel, Comcast, Inc.
* Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Senior Scholar of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University
* Molly Silfen, Associate Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
* Hon. Jacqueline Wright Bonilla, Administrative Patent Judge, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

For more information, check out our website ( If you would like to come, please register ( so we can have a nametag ready for you.