Chicago IP Colloquium

Speakers for the Spring 2008 Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium have been announced:

January 29, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Professor Peter Menell, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Paper: TBA

February 12, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Rubloff Reception Room
Professor Ann Bartow, University of South Carolina School of Law
Paper: Trademarks, Commoditization, Gender and the Color Pink

February 26, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Professor Peter Lee, UC Davis School of Law
Paper: Flexibility and Rigidity in Definitions of Intellectual Infrastructure

March 25, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Rubloff Reception Room
Professor Jennifer Rothman, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Paper: Intellectual Property and the Autonomy Interest

April 8, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Room 305
Professor R. Polk Wagner, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Paper: The Federal Circuit and the Doctrine of Equivalents

April 22, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Rubloff Reception Room
Professor Mark McKenna, Saint Louis University School of Law
Paper: Testing Modern Trademark Law’s Theory of Harm


Ralph Oman at Drake

Distinguished Lecture in Copyright Law
Drake Law School
Des Moines, Iowa
Ralph Oman, Register of Copyrights of the United States (1985-1993)
“The Role of U.S. Copyright Office”
April 22, 2008

Ralph Oman, the former Register of Copyrights of the United States, will deliver the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center’s first distinguished lecture in copyright law. He was counsel for the intellectual property practice group of the law firm Dechert, LLP and currently serves as the Pravel, Hewitt, Kimball and Kreiger Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law at The George Washington University Law School. In the lecture, he will discuss the role of the U.S. Copyright Office and the possibility of a major revision of the copyright law.

Randal Picker at MSU

Faculty IP & Communications Law Series
Michigan State University College of Law
April 21, 2008

Professor Randal C. Picker, the Paul H. and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law, University of Chicago

iCommons Workshop CFP


First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture
Hosted at the fourth annual iSummit, 29 July –1 August, 2008, Sapporo, Japan
With submission deadline: 26 April, 2008

The First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture presents a unique opportunity for scholars with various backgrounds, whose work contributes to the promotion or study of an emerging Free Culture, to present their research work to a multidisciplinary audience of academic peers and practitioners. It will be held in conjunction with the fourth iSummit, one of the largest annual events for the Free Culture and related movements. Our aim is to provide a platform for scholars to communicate their findings to an audience that extends beyond individual disciplines because we believe that the wider participation in the creative process (and consequently in the formation and dissemination of our modern culture) enabled by new Internet technologies, innovative legal solutions and new business models, are far-reaching and therefore deserve to be examined through the lens of multidisciplinary inquiry.

The focus of the workshop will be on the presentation and critique of work in progress, and with the inclusion of both academic researchers and practitioners, so as to produce a holistic perspective on the future of a more participative, open and free information society. Workshop participants will have the chance to present their work at an event which attracts some of the world’s foremost thinkers on the future of the Internet, as well as practitioners, technologists, activists and artists who help shape that future.

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Pam Samuelson at Fordham

Unbundling Fair Use
The 2008 Robert L. Levine Lecture

04.30.08 | Wednesday | 6:00 p.m.

Pamela Samuelson is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw, and information policy. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment with the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law–Boalt Hall and the School of Information. In addition, Samuelson is founder of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, and director of the internationally renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. A former fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Samuelson was named honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam and is the first Boalt faculty member to hold the Richard M. Sherman ’74 Distinguished Professorship. Samuelson also serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and on the board of directors of the Open Source Application Foundation. Samuelson is also a contributing editor of the Communications of the ACM, a journal respected for its coverage of existing and emerging technologies.
Room 430 B&C
Fordham Law School
140 West 62nd Street

Reception to follow.
Registration encouraged.

Reserve your seat online.
t: 212.636.6945 | e:

Houston IPIL Conference in Santa Fe

Symposium by the University of Houston Law Center’s Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law
Patent Law in Perspective
June 7, 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

IPIL’s National Conference, traditionally held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has through the years provided scholars a unique setting to develop, debate and deploy commentary and policy proposals concerning intellectual property and information law. Topics for past conferences have included Patents, Copyright, Trademark & Trade Secret, Information & E-commerce, and Cyber Law.

The Summer 2008 conference focuses on “Patent Law in Perspective,” including such perspectives as innovation economics, information theory, technology drivers, research policy, public welfare, and related disciplines.

Following the event’s tradition of eminent scholars, IPIL is proud to have engaged a distinguished group of speakers who will present and, with conference fellows and other attendees, discuss papers to appear shortly in Houston Law Review’s annual IPIL symposium issue.

Registration is necessary for attendance (please use the links to the right to contact our Program Manager), but there is no charge to attend this event. The IPIL faculty at the University of Houston Law Center hopes that your summer plans can include joining us in the Great Southwest!

Remedies at Fordham

Second Law & Information Society Symposium
Fordham Law School

Enforcement, Compliance and Remedies in the Information Society

Eight panels will explore and discuss the theme in four different substantive areas: intellectual property; data warehousing; consumer protection; and international privacy.

May 29th & 30th, 2008, Thursday & Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd Street
New York, NY

Registration Fee:
$145 for one day or $290 for both days. Academic rates available. Fordham Law School has a Financial Hardship Policy.

CLE Credits:
12 non-transitional, professional practive NY state CLE credits will be available (6 per day)

Commercialization and Patents at GMU

George Mason University School of Law and Microsoft Corporation

announce the second in an annual series of conferences

The Law and Economics of Innovation: Patents and the Commercialization of Innovation

May 15, 2008, Arlington, VA

The George Mason/Microsoft Conference Series on the Law and Economics of Innovation will bring together leading academics to present and discuss new scholarship touching on diverse aspects of a key question affecting the technology industry and the process of innovation. Each conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion among top technology industry representatives and regulators to begin to assess the concrete implications of the scholarship for the development of innovative industries.

This second conference in the series will address the role of patents in the commercialization of innovation—an area of significant and enduring controversy. In particular, the conference will focus on three interrelated aspects of the debate over the law and economics of patents: The intersection of patents and antitrust, particularly in technology standards; the economics of the patent system and patent reform; and the proper understanding (and implications) of patents as property.

Presenters at this year’s conference include:

Richard Epstein, University of Chicago Law School
Keynote Address
Scott Baker, University of North Carolina Law School
Luigi Franzoni, University of Bologna Faculty of Economics
Damien Geradin, Tilburg University Law & Economics, Howrey LLP and the College of Europe
Scott Kieff, Washington University in St. Louis Law School and the Hoover Institution
Bruce Kobayashi, George Mason University School of Law
Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law
Adam Mossoff, George Mason University School of Law (Currently Michigan State University Law School)
Greg Sidak, Criterion Economics
Henry Smith, Yale Law School
David Teece, Haas Business School (U.C. Berkeley) and LECG


Michael Carrier, Rutgers University School of Law
George Cary, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Eric Claeys, George Mason University School of Law
John Golden, University of Texas Law School
Roy Hoffinger, Qualcomm
Geoffrey Manne, Microsoft and Lewis & Clark Law School
Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group
Dick Wilder, Microsoft
Others, TBD

Hilton Arlington*
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA

*Because of construction at GMU,

the event site has been moved 3 blocks from Law School.

The Hilton is connected to the Ballston Metro – Orange Line

Participation is free of charge. Registration is required and lunch is included followed by closing reception.

Please register early. Space is limited.

Application for approval for 4.0 Virginia CLE credit hours (0.0 ethics) is pending with the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board.

For more information or to register, please go to

For further information, contact Kristine at

New Institutional Economics at Silicon Flatirons

Mapping The Frontiers of New Institutional Economics

University of Colorado Law School

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sponsored by the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Register here

New institutional economics (NIE) is increasingly influencing scholarship across a variety of disciplines and provides an analytical framework that is uniquely promising for legal scholarship. NIE examines how institutions—formal legal rules and informal social norms—govern the behavior of individuals and firms as well as how organizations use governance rules to operate effectively (or not). Significantly, NIE provides scholars with the necessary tools to examine how institutions and organizations operate in practice, eschewing theory for theory’s sake, and thus has motivated the use of experimental economics to test the impact of different legal rules.

This one-day seminar will provide legal scholars with an accessible and engaging account of what NIE is about and how it offers an insightful analytical framework. To do so, the seminar will consist of three basic modules—(1) an introduction to NIE and why it matters to legal scholarship, particularly for property and intellectual property law; (2) an introduction to behavioral economics and experimental economics, including a discussion of how experimental economics can be used to examine institutions in practice; and (3) an interactive discussion where all participants examine some case studies to evaluate the payoffs of using NIE and experimental economics to evaluate the merits of different legal regimes.

The seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. on June 11th at the University of Colorado Law School, in Boulder. The seminar will conclude around 5:15 that afternoon, with lunch and time for breaks to allow informal discussion and socializing as well as a festive dinner that night. All meals will be paid for, but participants are expected to pay for their own transportation and lodging. We will, moreover, have prizes available for those prevailing in the simulation exercise.