Empirical IP Research Conference at NYU

October 24-25, 2014
NYU School of Law

The Innovation Law & Policy Empirical Research Initiative launches via a two-day conference that will bring together leaders in the empirical study of intellectual property, as well as other empirical scholars and researchers interested in turning their skills to the study of innovation policy.

The mission of the Empirical IP Research Conference is twofold:

To present compactly the existing body of empirical work in copyright, patent, and other areas of innovation law and policy, to consider where progress has been made toward producing policy-relevant evidence, and, most importantly, identifying the most important policy-relevant questions that are poorly studied.

To launch a discussion of directions and methods for future research via presentation of a select number of state-of-the-art papers. The focus will not be on presenting a large number of papers, but on deep discussion of the problems that motivate the research, methodological challenges, and questions raised by the papers that present immediate research opportunities. Throughout, the focus will be on producing data that is – at least eventually, if not immediately – policy-relevant.

The Conference is by invitation only.


Law for Intelligent Machines at St. John’s

The St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Center is pleased to host its inaugural conference:
Law for Intelligent Machines
Marking the launch of the St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Center, this conference will address the timely issue of how legal regimes can and should respond to rapid advances in machine intelligence. From cognitive computing to robotics, machine intelligence is poised to transform the way humans interact with each other and with the physical world. Distinguished panelists will discuss some of these innovations and the ethical and legal questions they present. 2.0 credits of NYS CLE will be available.
Friday, November 7, 2014
2– 6 p.m.
St. John’s University Manhattan Campus
101 Astor Place
New York, NY, 10003

Jeremy Sheff
Professor of Law
Director, St. John’s Intellectual Property Law Center
St. John’s School of Law
Confirmed Panelists
Marcus A. Boone, Program Director, IBM Watson Strategy and Product Management
Anand Rao, Senior Counsel, Google
Andrea Matwyshyn, Senior Policy Adviser, US Federal Trade Commission
Brett Frischmann, Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property and Information Law Program, Cardozo Law School
Bryant Walker-Smith, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
Jason Schultz, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Technology Law and Policy Clinic
Register to Attend
There is no fee to attend the conference, but registration is required. Please register online by Monday, November 3, 2014.
More Information
To learn more about the conference, please contact us at iplc@stjohns.edu.

2015 IP Scholars Roundtable at Drake

2015 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable
Drake University Law School
March 27-28, 2015
This interdisciplinary roundtable brings intellectual property and technology law scholars from around the world to the Drake campus. The event provides academics with a forum for sharing their latest research and an opportunity for peer networking. For participation in this invitation-only event, contact Peter Yu.

Roundtable Organizer
Prof. Peter K. Yu, Drake University Law School


European Communications Policy Research Conference – Brussels

***30th European Communications Policy Research Conference***

“New intermediaries in the hyperconnected society”

23-24 March 2015

at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Place du Congrés 1, Brussels (Belgium)

Call for papers: http://www.eurocpr.org/call-for-papers-current.html

Website: http://www.eurocpr.org/

is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and
economy as well as the evolution of the ICT and media sectors. EuroCPR uniquely brings together academia, policy makers, and industry representatives in order to facilitate systematic interaction and critical analysis of both the highest academic excellence and the maximum policy and industrial relevance. The format of the conference has deliberately been kept small – with a maximum of 80
participants – favouring quality over quantity and encouraging a high level of interaction.

WIPIP 2015 in DC

The George Washington University Law School and the United States Patent and Trademark Office invite you to submit a presentation abstract for the Twelfth Annual Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP), to be held February 6–7, 2015, at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The colloquium provides IP scholars with a forum to present their academic works-in-progress and receive feedback from their colleagues. We are particularly grateful for generous support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

At Your Service

Your friendly neighborhood WIPIP 2015 organizers are:

GW Law
Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law
John M. Whealan, Dean for IP Law Studies
Michael P. Goodman, Frank H. Marks Fellow in IP & Visiting Associate Professor
Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Expert Advisor & Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Law School
Alan C. Marco, Chief Economist
We are delighted this year to bring WIPIP back to our nation’s capital and, for the first time, to have the Patent and Trademark Office involved. We hope to see you in Alexandria!

Requests to Present

You can request a speaking slot by providing your information, article title, and abstract through our online form:


Deadlines are as follow:
Friday, October 31, 2014 — Abstract submissions and participation requests are due by 11:59 PM EST.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — We will send notifications of acceptance for submissions and requests made by the October 31 deadline.
Friday, January 9, 2015 — Late requests on a space-available basis are due by 11:59 PM EST.
There is no require to submit a full draft, but we will post the abstracts publicly, and we will make all submitted drafts available to all attendees.

Requests to Attend without Presenting

We also welcome non-presenting attendees on a space-available basis. Just email your request and contact information to Michael Goodman at mpgoodman@law.gwu.edu.

Draft Conference Schedule

Thursday evening: welcome reception at the USPTO
Friday morning: breakfast followed by paper presentations with a break for lunch
Friday evening: reception and conference dinner
Saturday morning: breakfast followed by paper presentations with a break for lunch

Travel Arrangements

There is no cost to attend WIPIP, but attendees are responsible for their travel and lodging. GW Law and the USPTO, with generous support from the Kauffman Foundation, will provide complimentary meals from Friday breakfast through Saturday lunch.

We will also reserve a block of hotel rooms in the Carlyle/Eisenhower neighborhood of Alexandria within walking distance of the USPTO. Hotel block information will be available soon.

IP Trivia Night

We are proud to continue last year’s highly popular IP trivia competition, tentatively scheduled for Friday evening. There will be prizes for the winning team as well as the team with the most creative name. More details to come!

More Information

Visit the colloquium page at http://www.wipip.org. For more information about the WIPIP series, see http://www.wipip.info. Track the Twitter conversation at #wipip.

Saurabh Vishnubhakat, for
Bob Brauneis, John Whealan, Michael Goodman, and Alan Marco

Internet Law WIP at Santa Clara

We invite your participation in the Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University School of Law on March 7, 2015. The conference series is co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at the New York Law School.

The work-in-progress event was created for Internet law scholars to receive feedback about their papers and projects from their academic peers. We take a broad view of the topics that fit under the Internet Law umbrella. The conference has three categories of participation:

* papers-in-progress. We might allocate additional presentation time to presentations that meet the following specifications: (1) a feedback-ready paper draft is submitted no later than February 20, 2015 at noon–no extensions!; and (2) as of March 7, 2015, the paper draft has not been circulated for publication or posted to SSRN or a similar site.
* projects-in-progress. This covers presentations on any other academic project, ranging from nearly finished papers to half-baked ideas.
* discussant. Space permitting, we welcome other scholars to join the conversation as active audience participants.

How to Participate

If you would like to participate, email Eric Goldman (egoldman@gmail.com) the following information by the initial deadline of November 10, 2014 at noon:

* your name, contact information and affiliation
* your preferred category of participation
* the title of your project

We expect to notify accepted participants by November 17, 2014. We will evaluate submissions after the initial deadline on a space-available basis.

There is no event participation fee, but all participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We will provide further information about transportation and lodging soon. There are no publication obligations associated with presenting at the event.

Game Night

Game nights have become legendary at this conference. Past events have included PowerPoint karaoke, Dungeons & Dragons and more. See, e.g., https://secure.flickr.com/photos/81901130@N03/sets/72157633737216641/ Although the details haven’t finalized, we expect we’ll have another game night to remember on March 7. Plan your travel schedule accordingly!

More Information

We have a rudimentary conference website at http://law.scu.edu/hightech/ilwip2015. Contact Eric Goldman at egoldman@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

IP Law Scholarship Symposium at ABA IP Law Section

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law will host its second annual Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Symposium during the ABA-IPL Section’s 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, March 25-27, 2015. IP Scholars are encouraged to submit an abstract describing a current scholarship project by December 12, 2014, for a chance to present their work during the Intellectual Property Law Scholarship Symposium at the 30th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference. The symposium seeks authors and papers for three simultaneous sessions (each of which attracted 50-70 attendees in 2014): patent/trade secret; copyright; and trademark/unfair competition.

For more details see the Call For Papers posted here: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/intellectual_property_law/Call%20for%20Papers%20on%20Letterhead.authcheckdam.pdf or contact one of the three Symposium co- organizers:
• Susan Barbieri Montgomery, Northeastern University School of Law
• Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Suffolk University Law School
• June M. Besek, Columbia Law School

We Robot 2015 at University of Washington

Announcing the We Robot 2015 Call for Papers

We invite submissions for the fourth annual robotics law and policy conference—We Robot 2015—to be held in Seattle, Washington on April 10-11, 2015 at the University of Washington School of Law. We Robot has been hosted twice at the University of Miami School of Law and once at Stanford Law School.

The conference web site is at http://werobot2015.org.

New Media at Nova

Call For Papers

2015 Nova Southeastern University, Nova Law Review Symposium on

New Media and Old Metaphors

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, in conjunction with the Nova Law Review and NSU Sports and Entertainment Law Society (“SELS”) seek submissions for the 2015 annual Nova Law Symposium February 12–13, 2015. The focus of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary review of issues involving business and industry responses to the transformative impact of new media on traditional entertainment and media, including journalism, sports, film, broadcast, gaming, music, and similar areas.

The two-day conference will feature an academic symposium on Thursday, February 12th sponsored by the Nova Law Review and a practice-oriented workshop hosted by SELS on Friday, February 13th. Thursday evening will feature a hosted event showcasing Southern Florida’s thriving arts, entertainment, and sports community.

Social media, new distribution models, wearable electronics, Internet-of-Things electronics, sharable 3D print programs, and other technological changes require artists, industry, courts, and legislatures to rethink the ways laws once designed for daily print newspapers and burlesque houses apply in the modern age.

The symposium is an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, and students to exchange ideas and explore emerging issues of law, policy and economic enterprise. Interdisciplinary presentations are encouraged. Authors and presenters are invited to submit proposals on topics relating to the theme, which may include such topics these:

First Amendment and Defamation

• Fiftieth anniversary of Times v. Sullivan
• Brown v. EMA – First Amendment protection for video games
• Journalistic accuracy and social media
• Collisions between Supreme Court expansion of both privacy and free speech
• Shield laws and the concept of professional journalist
• Libel tourism and its global implications
• Anti-SLAPP laws and new proposals

Evolving Technologies

• Wearable tech – augmenting entertainment, invading privacy, or something entirely different
3D printing and shared production files
• Internet of Things and communicating, interactive objects
• Tracking and behavioral advertising
• Google glasses and outdoor video games
• Litigation and third party liability
• New laws, old laws, and the role of regulation

Copyright at the Crossroads

• ABC, Inc. v. Aereo and the next step in cutting the cable cord
• Transformative use from Cariou v. Prince to Campbell v. Acuff Rose
• Digitization, collections, libraries, and fair use
• Proposals for the next great copyright act
• Testamentary rights as a first step toward forward-and-delete
• Access to information as human rights policy

Artists, Creators, Athletes and Actors

• Unionization of student athletes
Changes to collective bargaining for other student workers, independent artists, and content creators
• Copyright termination and fights over pre-1978 work for hire contracts

Other Issues

• International trade, treaties, and traffic
• Net neutrality and content distribution
• Ethics for client management and protecting clients from their own management
• Sponsorships, embedded advertising, and the blurred lines between content and promotion

Submissions & Important Dates:

– Please submit materials to lawreview@nsu.law.nova.edu
– Submission Deadline for Abstracts: October 1, 2014 * The Abstracts submission deadline will likely be extended to October 15, 2014. Please inquire with Dean Jon Garon’s assistant at the email provided below.
– Submission Deadline for First Draft of Manuscripts: January 15, 2015
– Submission Deadline for Completed Articles: February 1, 2015
– Symposium Date: February 12, 2015

Law Review Published Article: The Nova Law Review will review, edit, and publish papers from the symposium in the 2015 spring symposium issue. Papers are invited from scholars and practitioners across all disciplines related to the program. Please submit a title and abstract (of 500–1000 words) or draft paper for works in progress. Abstracts or drafts should be submitted by October 1, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.

Presentations (without publication) based on Abstracts: For speakers interested in presenting without submitting a publishable article, please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation. Abstracts should be submitted by October 1, 2014. Submissions may be accepted on a rolling basis after that time until all speaking positions are filled.