Economics of Patents at GMU


Thursday, May 15, 2008
8 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Hilton Arlington,
Arlington, Virginia

George Mason University School of Law and Microsoft Corporation announce the second in an annual series of conferences on the law and economics of innovation. The series 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 innovation­an 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.
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Internet Governance at McGill

3rd Biennial Symposium on The Internet: Governance and the Law

MONTRÉAL, Québec – Sunday, 26 October 2008 – Wednesday, 29 October 2008

McGill University will host the 3rd biennial symposium on The Internet:
Governance and the Law in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Studies and Suffolk University School of Law. This symposium will examine issues of Internet governance which have arisen following the conclusion of the World Summit on the Information Society.


At the conclusion of the Geneva phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), civil society was called upon to play an active role in the development and implementation of national strategies affecting multimodal communication. This role was intended to be primarily consultative in that civil society was deemed to have the potential power to assist in devising and implementing ICT policies and promoting the “good governance” of the Internet. Clearly, civil society showed its commitment to creating “an equitable Information Society” and has become a valuable stakeholder in the definition of action plans and the implementation of policy initiatives. Moreover, the inclusive “we”
of the Tunis Commitment was intended to enlist the support of civil society in the building of “a people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society”.

Several issues in the post-Tunis phase of WSIS have been topics of research and further discussion among civil society groups as interested stakeholders and between civil society and those charged with “good governance”.

This multilateral stakeholder approach has cast civil society in a consultative and representative role as a change agent in ICT decision-making structures affecting policies, standards, laws and
regulations as well as the control and ownership of the Internet. In one sense, civil society has been empowered in fora where its voice may be heard while, in other instances, civil society has experienced a form of disempowerment which has limited its ability to act as a change agent.

Speakers at the 2008 symposium will address these and related issues under the guidance of the members of the Advisory Program Committee:
James Archibald, Department of Translation Studies, McGill University,
Dennis Campbell, Center for International Legal Studies, Richard Gold,
Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, McGill University and Michael
L. Rustad, Intellectual Property Law Program, Suffolk University School
of Law.

For further information consult the symposium WEB site:


Enforcement and Information at Fordham

Fordham Law School’s Center on Law and Information Policy presents:


May 29 & 30, 2008

Fordham Law School
140 W. 62nd Street, NY
McNally Amphitheatre

This symposium will explore the enforcement of, compliance with and remedies flowing from the law in the information society. In 2005, Fordham hosted the first Law and Information Society Symposium to explore what law is or should be applicable in the information society. In this second symposium, we continue our exploration of the law by examining enforcement, compliance and remedies. We will review these aspects in four different substantive areas: international privacy; intellectual property; consumer protection; and data warehousing. These areas have been selected because of their significance in the information society and because they are areas where regulation is currently evolving.


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Berkman Center Turns 10

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School is proud to celebrate its tenth year as a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Founded in 1997, through a generous gift from Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman, the Center is now home to an ever-growing community of faculty, fellows, staff, and affiliates working on projects that span the broad range of intersections between cyberspace, technology, and society.

Through research, events, and discussion, Berkman@10 considers “The Future of the Internet” – to celebrate the work we have done together over the past decade, and to look ahead to what we hope to accomplish collectively in the next.

May 14-16, 2008: Berkman@10 Gala and Conference