Patents and Health Care at Loyola

Second Annual Beazley Symposium on Access to Health Care
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, November 14, 2008

8:45 am – 9:15 am: Registration and Breakfast
Rubloff Auditorium
9:15 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and Introduction
Professor Cynthia Ho
Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Program
Dr. Ann Weilbaecher
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Health Law
9:30 am – 11:15 am: Panel #1: Past and Present Perspectives
Rubloff Auditorium
Moderator: Dr. Alice Martin
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP & Co-Chair, Life Sciences Practice Group
Professor Tina Piper ~ Past Controversies, Present Debates: How Intellectual Property’s Role in
Access to Healthcare Reflects Historical Preoccupations
Assistant Professor of Law & Research Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy,
McGill University
Professor Scott Stern ~ Patents, Papers, and Secrecy: Disclosure and Access to Scientific and
Commercial Knowledge
Associate Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Dr. Michael Tomasson ~ Medical Genetics in the 21st Century: Search and Seizure of Genetic Property
Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Washington University, St. Louis
Professor Colleen Chien ~ Patents: Friend or Foe of Neglected Disease Research?
Assistant Professor of Law, Santa Clara University Law School
11:15am-11:45am: Panel Question & Answer
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Luncheon
Kasbeer Hall
Opening Remarks
Professor Lawrence E. Singer
Director, Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy
Featured Speaker
Mr. James Love ~ The Use of Prizes to Stimulate Innovation
Director of Knowledge Ecology International & Chair of Essential Inventions,
Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue Working Group on Intellectual Property
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Panel #2: Present and Future Perspectives
Rubloff Auditorium
Moderator: Professor Cynthia Ho
Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Program
Dr. Jorge Goldstein ~ Exploring the Impact of Gene Patents on Health Care: Personalized Medicine
and Diagnostic Gene Patents
Director, Sterne, Kessler,Goldstein & Fox PLLC
Professor Matthew Herder ~ Of Stem Cells, Biomarkers & Cancer Research:
Why Personalized Medicine and Population Health Won’t Meet
Visiting Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Professor Victoria Espinel ~ Pharmaceutical Data Protections: A New Approach
Visiting Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Professor Frank Pasquale ~ One Debate or Three? Reflections on Distributive Justice for LDC’s in
the Context of Pharmaceutical Patents, “Brain Drain” Emigration, and Human Subjects Research
Loftus Professor of Law & Associate Director for the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science and Technology,
Seton Hall Law School
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Panel Question & Answer and Concluding Remarks

Digital Labour at Western Ontario

Call for Papers

Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens.

A conference hosted by the Digital Labour Group (DLG), Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, October 16-18, 2009, London, Ontario, Canada.

‘Digital Labour: Workers, Authors, Citizens’ addresses the implications of digital labour as they are emerging in practice, politics, policy, and theoretical enquiry. As workers, as authors, and as citizens, we are increasingly summoned and disciplined by new digital technologies that define the workplace and produce ever more complex regimes of surveillance and control. At the same time, new possibilities for agency and new spaces for collectivity are borne from these multiplying digital innovations. This conference aims to explore this social dialectic, with a specific focus on new forms of labour.

The changing conditions of digital capitalism often blur distinctions between workers, authors and citizens more often than they clarify them. Digital workers, for example, are often authors of content for the increasingly convergent and synergistic end markets of entertainment capitalism – but authors whose rights as such have been thoroughly alienated. Citizens are often compelled to construct their identities in such a way as to produce the flexible and entrepreneurial selves demanded by the heavily consumer-oriented ‘experience and attention economies’ of digitalized post-Fordism.

How might we come to understand the breakdown of distinctions between labour and creativity, work and authorship, value and productive excess in the new digital economy? What is labour in an era where participation in the cultural industries is the preferred conduit toautonomy and self-valorization? What struggles do entertainment workers, information workers, and workers in an increasingly digitalized manufacturing sector share in common? What might recent theorizing on the infinitely malleable ‘post-Fordist image worker’ tell us about the nature of affective ties to states and other political formations in the twenty-first century?

Policy makers, along with workers and union activists from the entertainment, information and manufacturing sectors will assist academic specialists in assessing these and other crucial questions.

Papers, reading no more than 20 minutes in length, that address any ofthe above matters, or cognate ones, are now being solicited. Please submit your brief abstract by February 1, 2009, to Jonathan Burston at An editorial board will examine all submissions and issue acceptances no later than March 15, 2009.

Thank you for circulating this call to any researchers at your institution, or elsewhere, who may be interested.

The Digital Labour Conference Organizing Committee at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario:

Jonathan Burston, Edward Comor, James Compton, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn, Ajit Pyati, Sandra Smeltzer, Matt Stahl, Sam Trosow

Conference on IP at Iona College

[Updated 2/16/09]


The inaugural Conference on Intellectual Property (CIP) will be held on June 12-13th 2009 at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and will include keynote addresses by Laura M. Quilter, M.L.S., J.D. and painter Joy Garnett.

Whether it be the submission of student papers to plagiarism-detecting websites, the marketing of a movie that chronicles the challenges of a windshield wiper inventor, or the latest debates over the application of nonobvious intention, issues involving intellectual property in the academic, economic, legal, and technological fields challenge the very notion of ownership: what we own, how we own, and who may claim ownership. The purpose of this conference is to explore intellectual property, in a cross-disciplinary context, as both a concept and a reality relating to the professional fields whose concerns intersect in understanding its essence and implications.

We invite papers and panels dealing with any and all aspects of intellectual property, from the origins of eighteenth-century literary property debates to the viability and ethics of plagiarism and plagiarism detection, from the economic impact of patents to the technological advances that may make intellectual property obsolete. We especially encourage papers/panels that embrace a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach.

CIP papers and/or abstracts will be included in a conference proceedings, and selected essays may be published in a proposed collection for a peer-reviewed press.

Papers/Panel abstracts should be submitted by March 6th, 2009 to Dr. Amy Stackhouse at or Dr. Dean Defino at We look forward to a fruitful and collegial experience. For more information, please see the conference website at

Keynote Speakers:

Laura Quilter is an attorney and researcher in technology and information law and policy. Laura’s research and practice particularly focuses on the rights of information users, including consumers, libraries, creators, and scientists, and she regularly speaks and writes on these matters. She earned her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, in 2003, and her library science degree from the University of Kentucky in 1993.

Painter Joy Garnett appropriates news and documentary photographs from newspapers, internet and other media, and re-invents them as paintings. Her work mines the tensions between the open-ended narratives of art, and ubiquitous media representations of real-life events. Ms. Garnett’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the Witte Zaal in Ghent, Belgium, and reproduced in numerous publications, from Harper’s to Cabinet magazine. In 2004, she was awarded a grant by the Anonymous Was a Woman foundation, and she currently serves as Arts Editor for Cultural Politics, a refereed journal published by Berg in Oxford, UK.

IP and Gender at American University


IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

6th Annual Symposium
April 24, 2009

Special Theme: Female Fan Cultures and Intellectual Property

Sponsored by
American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
Women and the Law Program
Journal of Gender Social Policy & Law

In collaboration with
American University’s Center for Social Media
Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University
Francesca Coppa, Muhlenberg College

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 19, 2008

The 6th Annual Symposium on “IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections” seeks papers on female subcultures and their relationship to intellectual property and copyright regimes, with a particular emphasis on fan works and culture. Appropriate topics include: fan arts, including fan fiction, arts, music, filk, crafts, and vids; and fan communities: including clubs, forums, lists, websites, wikis, discussion groups, rec sites, and other creative, celebratory, or analytical communities.

Introduction & Context

Historically, the study of subcultures has been biased toward male groups and activities: first, because male activities (e.g. punk rock, motorcycling, football hooliganism) tend to be public, and therefore visible; second, because many male groups have been seen as overtly resistant to mainstream norms. In contrast, many female subcultural activities took place in private, in the domestic realm or in other less visible spaces, and those that were visible tended, in the words of Sarah Thornton, to be “relegated to the realm of a passive and feminized ‘mainstream’ (a colloquial term against which scholars have all too often defined their subcultures)”; in other words, the things women did and do have often been framed as mainstream, passive, commodified, and derivative; consuming (in the negative sense of passive product consumption), rather than consuming in the sense of a passionate obsession or devotion to art or criticism.

This has changed significantly in the last twenty years, not only due to a rising feminist interest in subculture studies but also with the rise of fan and audience studies. In their pioneering “Girls and Subcultures” (1975), Angela McRobbie and Jenny Garber presciently suggested that scholars turn their attention “toward more immediately recognizable teenage and pre-teenage female spheres like those forming around teenybop stars and the pop-music industry.” Even they had trouble seeing what girls do as interesting and importing, noting that “[b]oys tended to have a more participative and a more technically-informed relationship with pop, where girls in contrast became fans and readers of pop-influenced love comics.” McRobbie and Garber don’t associate being “fans” with participation, and they see girls as “readers” only. In fact, as we know from fifteen years of fan and audience studies, fandom is a highly participatory culture, and female fans also write, edit, draw, paint, “manip,” design, code, and otherwise make things.

However, even within this brave new world of mashup, remix, and fan cultures, what boys do (fan films, machinima, music mash-ups, DJing) is often seen by outsiders and critics as better–more interesting, more original, more clearly transformative– than what girls do (fan fiction, fan art, vidding, coding fan sites, social networking). This normative judgment risks legal consequences.

We are seeking projects that investigate the ways in which issues of originality and ownership as related to copyright and other issues of intellectual property intersect with this gendered understanding of cultural productions and engagement, especially since these historically female subcultural activities and practices have increasingly become culture.

IP/Gender Mapping the Connections Organizational Details

· DEADLINE for submission of abstracts is DECEMBER 19 at 5:00pm.

· To submit an abstract for consideration, fill in the web-based form at . Participants will be notified if their paper has been accepted for presentation by January 15.

· The symposium will begin at 6:00 Thursday, April 23, 2009 at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. The symposium will convene from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2009.

· To view papers and programs from prior IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections symposia, please visit

· Papers may be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law.

· If you are interested in attending the event, but not presenting work, please contact Angie McCarthy, Women and the Law Program coordinator at for details.

Governance, at Edinburgh

“Governance Of New Technologies: The Transformation Of Medicine, Information Technology And Intellectual Property”
An International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 29-31, 2009
University of Edinburgh


Those interested in presenting a paper at the “Governance of New Technologies” conference should email Authors should identify the conference title in the subject line of the email.

Abstracts should be attached to the email as a Word document. Abstracts should:

identify the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and the stream within which
the author believes the paper most appropriately falls;
specify their audio-visual requirements; and
contain a 300 word outline/summary of the paper.
We are accepting abstracts until 1st December 2008. Early submission is recommended as places are limited.


As part of its celebration of 5 years of success, SCRIPTed is pleased to host an international and interdisciplinary conference focusing on the governance of new and evolving technologies, and the consequences of these technologies for the law and for society more generally. Examples of such new technologies and practices – which are revolutionising the way we live, learn and interact, the way we deliver healthcare and other public services, the way we conduct business, and so on – include, but are not limited to, the following:

genomics and stem cell applications;
synthetic life;
artificial intelligence;
internet and digital information technologies;
e-commerce and m-commerce;
Web 2.0 applications and virtual worlds.
The conference will consider developments in, and governance and social implications of, these and other new technologies and practices within the context of three primary and overlapping streams, namely (1) medicine and healthcare, (2) information and communication technology, (3) and intellectual property.


Prof. Bartha Knoppers: University of Montreal, Canada
Prof. Dan Hunter: University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Francis Gurry: Director General World Intellectual Property Organization,

Please visit our conference website for information on the program and registration:

David Nimmer at Suffolk

Fall Lecture of the Suffolk University Law School LL.M. in Global Law
and Technology & LexisNexis Intellectual Property Lecture Series:

“Culturing Google to Copyright”

Speaker – David Nimmer, Of Counsel to Irell & Manella LLP

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Law School Function room, 1st floor

Reception immediately following

Questions may be directed to

Co-Sponsored by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the ABA Section
of Intellectual Property Law

Reforming Copyright at Southwestern

The Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute of
Southwestern Law School Presents


Keynote Speaker:
Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights.

Friday, March 6, 2009
Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The 1976 Copyright Act, passed decades ago, and originally conceived even earlier, has proved a poor fit for the various novel forms of creative production that have emerged in the digital age. Congressional response to these innovations has been piecemeal amendment of the 1976 Act, resulting in an elephantine statute that, some argue, lacks any conceptual coherence. Numerous scholars have thus called for substantial revision of the 1976 Act. Yet these calls for revision typically focus on particular policy proposals rather than the overall structure of a revised act and the process by which such a revision could be realized.

Reforming Copyright: Process, Policy and Politics focuses on the distinctive issues and challenges of significantly reforming the Copyright Act of 1976. The conference will gather leading scholars, practitioners and policy makers from around the country who will focus on this issue from a variety of perspectives, considering the question of wholesale versus incremental reform; how to envision the architecture of a Copyright Act attuned to the distinctive expressive media of the digital age; and the politics and procedural roadblocks that stand in the way of reform and possible strategies for navigating those roadblocks.

Confirmed panelists include: Jessica Litman (Michigan), David Nimmer (Irell & Manella), Fred von Lohmann (EFF), Pamela Samuelson (Boalt Hall), Neil Netanel (UCLA), Doug Lichtman (UCLA), Jon Baumgarten (Proskauer Rose), Lon Sobel (Southwestern Law School), Paul Geller (General Editor, International Copyright Law and Practice), Julie Sigall (Senior Copyright Counsel, Microsoft), Fritz Attaway (MPAA)

There is no fee to attend this conference. Attendees will receive CLE credit.


If you have any questions or to reserve your spot at the conference, please contact:

Contact: Dave Kohler
Tel: (213) 738-6842