IP Boundaries at William & Mary

The Boundaries of Intellectual Property Law
February 6-7, 2009
College of William & Mary – Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Williamsburg, Virginia

As the scope of intellectual property law continues to expand, courts and scholars are increasingly confronting the question of the law’s proper boundaries. Is it appropriate, for example, for content
owners to use copyright law to silence unflattering speech? Are countries’ trademark laws, which historically have been geographically limited, now essentially global trademark laws given Internet commerce? Is it consistent with the goals of patent law for the U.S. government, through the Patent and Trademark Office, to define the boundaries of what is patentable based on moral or other
non-innovation-related criteria? Is it important to cabin various IP doctrines to prevent overlap? Although such issues have been the topic of debate in the past, this symposium will provide the
opportunity for participants to take a systemic approach to the boundary question, yielding new scholarship that directly addresses the question of the proper goals of IP law and whether the scope of
our current system aligns with those goals.

Please contact Laura A. Heymann, laheym@wm.edu, for more information

Transatlantic Information Law at Stanford

Register at http://lst.stanford.edu/transatlantic

Transatlantic Information Law Symposium
June 14, 2008
Stanford Law School
(MCLE credits available)

In the twelve years since the publication of the paper Law and Borders – The Rise of Law in Cyberspaceby David G. Post and David Johnson, lawmakers and courts in the United States and European Union have had to address numerous new questions arising from new information technologies and online activities. What have we learned applying existing legal principles to new Internet phenomena? What new principles have been established and what new concepts underlie these principles? What role will new regulatory models and regimes play in the future?
The Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) will host the first Transatlantic Information Law Symposium on June 14, 2008 at Stanford Law School. The goal of the symposium is to bring together the leading experts from the United States and European Union to discuss current issues in information law and to promote mutual understanding of the different approaches.

The symposium will address the following topics:
-Constitutional Rights and IT in the EU
-The Right to Privacy in IT Systems in EU Law
-The Right to Privacy in IT Systems in US Law
-Freedom of Speech and the Internet in US Law
-Property vs. Contract to Govern Online Behavior under US Law
-Property vs. Contract to Govern Online Behavior under EU Law
-The Future of Regulating Cyberspace – Open Discussion

Speakers include:
-Prof. Stefan Bechtold, ETH Zuerich, Switzerland
-Prof. Paul de Hert, Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) – Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
-Lothar Determann, Baker & McKenzie LLP; UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
-Prof. Susan Freiwald, University of San Francisco, School of Law
-Prof. Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School
-Michael Godwin, Wikimedia Foundation
-Prof. Dirk Heckmann, University of Passau, Germany
-Prof. Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
-Dr. Radim Polcak, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
-Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler, University of Goettingen, Germany
-Prof. Andreas Wiebe, Austrian Visiting Professor, Stanford University; Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at http://lst.stanford.edu/transatlantic

The Transatlantic Information Law Symposium dovetails with the 5th Annual Stanford E-commerce Best Practices conference. For more information about the E-commerce Best Practices conference and registration, please visit: http://lst.stanford.edu/best_practices.

Merges at GWU

Creative Industries in Transition: New Directions for the Digital Era

A Symposium Series

June 18th, 2008 9:30am – 2:00pm
Moot Court Room
GW Law School, 2000 H St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
(entrance on corner of 20th and H St.)

Professor Robert Merges
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati Professor of Law & Tech, UC Berkeley

will deliver his paper “The Continuing Vitality of Music Performance Rights Organizations”

followed by commentary on the paper by

The Honorable Mary Beth Peters, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Library of Congress, 1994-present

Professor Robert Brauneis, Co-Director of the IP Law Program

Ralph Oman, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Library of Congress, 1985-1993, Pravel Professorial Lecturer and GW Fellow

Gigi Sohn, President, Public Knowledge

Dennis Morgan, Grammy Award Winning BMI Songwriter & CEO, Morgan Music Group Inc.

The symposium will conclude with a lunch featuring a keynote address by

Honored Guest, Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and IP,

This is a free event; please RSVP in advance as lunch will be provided

Organized by GW Law’s IP Law Program, the Creative & Innovative Economy Center (CIEC) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)