IPSC 2009 at Cardozo

IPSC 2009 Update

The submissions deadline for the 9th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference at Cardozo School of Law has been extended to April 30th, 2009. Individual submissions should be directed to David Morrison at dmorriso@yu.edu. For more information, visit www.ipscholars.org.

Call for Papers: 9th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference

The Intellectual Property Program at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will host the 9th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference on August 6th and 7th, 2009.

The IP Scholars Conference brings together intellectual property scholars to present their works-in-progress in order to benefit from the critique of colleagues. The conference is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley School of Law; the Intellectual Property Program, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University; the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul University College of Law; and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School.

The format of the conference is designed to facilitate open discussion and to help scholars hone their ideas. Papers presented should be works-in-progress that can benefit from substantial commentary and revision. Because of the importance of group discussion, we ask that attendees and presenters plan to attend the conference for its duration.

Requests to Present:
Requests to present a work should be submitted electronically, no later than April 13, 2009, to David Morrison (contact information below). Requests to present that are received after April 13, 2009 will be considered only to the extent there is available space within an appropriate session of the conference. Decisions on requests to present will be made no later than June 1, 2009, and requestors will be notified by that time. Final abstracts for inclusion in the conference binder, and papers for posting on the conference website, will be due July 16, 2009.

Requests to Present should include all of the following information:

Presentation topic
Presenter’s name
Academic affiliation and contact information, including e-mail, office phone and mailing address
Abstract in .doc or .pdf format

IPSC 2009 will include both plenary and breakout sessions. A small number of people will be asked to present their works-in-progress during the plenary sessions. Please indicate if you would prefer NOT to be considered for the plenary sessions.

Requests to Attend:
There will be a limited number of attendance reservations available for academics who do not wish to present a work at the conference, but who would like to attend and participate in discussions. Requests to attend should be directed to David Morrison (contact information below). Confirmation of attendance reservations will be available by June 1, 2009.

All conference presenters and attendees are expected to pay for their individual transportation and lodging costs. A block of rooms will be reserved by Cardozo for conference attendees at a discounted group rate. Check for updates on hotel accommodations at www.ipscholars.org.

David Morrison
IP Fellow & Administrative Director, Intellectual Property Program
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Intellectual Property Program

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10003

Check website (www.ipscholars.org) in the coming weeks for updates on hotel accommodations.

State of Play VI

State of Play VI:
A Conference on the Serious Study of Virtual Worlds
Save the Date!

In June 2009, the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School will present the sixth State of Play Conference in Tribeca, NY. We invite your participation and ask you to spread the word!

In conjunction with the University of Southern California Network Culture Project at the Annenberg School for Communication, and with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the conference will focus on the startling rise of virtual worlds and multiplayer online games, and ask whether these worlds have reached a plateau in their development. At the same time we will question whether we have reached a limit in our understanding of virtual worlds, and ask whether there are useful research questions still left to pursue.

The State of Play VI Conference

Friday, June 19, 2009 & Saturday June, 20, 2009

New York Law School

More details to come!

Digital Entrepreneurship at West Virginia

March 27, 2009
WVU Law Center
Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom
Morgantown, WV

A Welcome Message from Gabriele Wohl,
Editor-in-chief, West Virginia Law Review

The West Virginia Law Review, in conjunction with the West Virginia University College of Law and the West Virginia University Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, present a one-day symposium entitled Digital Entrepreneurship: The Incentives and Legal Risks. A group of expert panelists will meet to explore the topic of Digital Entrepreneurship that encompasses a variety of legal issues. Most obviously small business law and cyber law, but also civil liberties and privacy, antitrust and competition, labor and outsourcing, contracts, and e-commerce fraud and the regulation issues that are involved.


Fordham IP Conference in Cambridge (UK)

Fordham Annual IP Conference
17th Annual Conference
The 17th Annual Conference will be held in Cambridge, England on Wednesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 16th, 2009, with another exceptional roster of participants and comprehensive review and analysis of today’s cutting-edge issues in intellectual property law.

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Law building in the Sidgwick Site of the University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge, England CB3 9DZ.

We look forward to seeing you in April.


Patents and Growth at Suffolk

An Academic Conference exploring both economic & legal issues related to patent law

Presented by: Suffolk University Law School’s IP Law Concentration & the Journal of High Technology Law (www.jhtl.org)

Sponsored by the law firm of: Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds (www.hbsr.com)

Date: Friday, March 27, 2009
Location: Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Time: 09:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Presenters include:

Professor Roberto Mazzoleni Hofstra University, Professor of Economics
Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School
Professor Michael Meurer, Boston University Law School
Leigh Martinson, Esq., McDermott Will & Emery
Mary Murray, Esq., Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
Scott Pierce, Esq., Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds
Professor Marshall Leaffer, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
Professor Fiona Murray, MIT Sloan School of Management
Professor Richard Gold, McGill Law School, Montreal, Canada

For more information & to register please go to:


IP Economics at Washington University



April 2-3, 2009

Washington University
St. Louis, MO

The Center for Research on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (soon to be renamed the Center on Law, Innovation & Economic Growth) at Washington University Law will be hosting its third interdisciplinary conference on the general topic, The Economics and Law of Innovation. The conference will begin the morning of April 2 and conclude at noon on April 3. A companion conference on the Economics of Entrepreneurship is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Olin School of Business, beginning the afternoon of April 3, concluding on April 4.


A specific (but by no means the only) purpose of the Economics and Law of Innovation Conference will be to critique a recent book authored by Washington University economists, Michele Boldrin and David Levine, entitled Against Intellectual Monopoly (Cambridge U. Press 2008), which can be accessed at:


The larger objective of the conference will be to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarship on the general conference topic.

Missouri CLE credit will be given for this event.


This conference is free and open to the public, however registration is required. For more information or to
register, please visit:


CONTACT: Karma Jenkins
Email: MAILTO:KQJenkins@wulaw.wustl.edu

John Barton at American University

Achieving Innovation + Access in Global Pharmaceutical Markets

A Discussion with Professor John Barton
Stanford University School of Law

With Responses by
Brook Baker, Northeastern University
Joseph Damond, Pfizer
Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
James Love, Knowledge Ecology International
Rohit Malpani, Oxfam Int’l
Sharon Treat, National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug
Robert Weissman, Essential Action

Sponsored by
American University Washington College of Law Program on Information
Justice and Intellectual Property
Knowledge Ecology International
Forum on Democracy and Trade

7pm on Thursday, February 19.
Washington College of Law, located at 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW Room

Reception from 7pm
Event begins 7:15pm


Webcast (live with questions and on demand):

Professor John Barton, the former Chair of the UK Commission on
Intellectual Property Rights, and Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler recently
outlined a proposed global framework on medicine pricing to protect
research and development incentives while promoting greater access to
drugs in low and middle income countries. The proposal calls for trade
agreement measures to restrain developed countries from excessive use of
price controls while promoting price discrimination in middle income
countries so that the richer segments of the population will pay more
than poorer segments. Meanwhile, many global access to medicines
campaigners and developing countries have been advocating for a new
research and development framework that would delink the price of the
product from the incentive to produce new medicines, e.g. through
various proposals for prize funds, direct government funding of research
and development other means while promoting full competition for the
supply of needed products.
On PIJIP and KEI are pleased to announce that Professor Barton will
further explain and discuss his proposal at the Washington College of
Law on Thursday, February 19. Responders from civil society will comment
on the proposal and offer alternative models for the financing of
patent-driven research for health in middle and low income nations.

New Institutional Economics Workshop at Silicon Flatirons

Law and New Institutional Economics Workshop for Law Professors
@ Wolf Law Building
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO

June 4-5, 2009
Workshop Faculty
Organized by Victor Fleischer and Phil Weiser

Lee Alston (Colorado)
Lee Fennell (Chicago)
Victor Fleischer (Colorado)
Henry Smith (Harvard)
Eric Talley (Berkeley)
New Institutional Economics (NIE) is an interdisciplinary methodology that draws on economics, law, organization theory, political science, history, and sociology. It focuses on the study of political, legal, and social institutions and how those institutions shape the behavior of organizations, firms, or individuals. These institutions establish the “rules of the game” – the set of formal and informal laws, rules, and norms of social behavior that shape economic development and growth, innovation, social organizations, and political stability. NIE’s most often-cited proponents are Ronald Coase, Oliver Williamson, and Douglass North.

Workshop topics. The workshop is primarily intended for law professors, and it will include scholarly presentations both by workshop faculty and by several workshop participants. The primary focus is on (1) research that helps us understand the effects of laws and legal institutions on economic development, innovation, and social and political institutions, and (2) legal scholarship that draws on analysis of institutional context and institutional design (rather than, say, legal doctrinal analysis, or economic or social theory standing alone). Substantive legal areas may range widely, but may include such topics as business law and capital markets, trade and antitrust regulation, intellectual property, telecommunications, higher education policy, the legal profession, and tax policy.

Last summer, the University of Colorado Law School hosted a one-day workshop designed to introduce legal scholars from around the country to the basic foundations of New Institutional Economics. This year, we hope to build on last year’s program by revisiting some of the key ideas and enjoying the opportunity to hear from some leading scholars who study institutions. In addition, this year’s program will include several presentations of recent scholarship and works-in-progress from conference participants, with our expert “workshop faculty” serving as discussants. If you are interested in presenting recently published work or a work-in-progress, please notify Victor Fleischer at victor.fleischer@gmail.com.

The workshop will be held at the University of Colorado Law School, in Boulder. We will provide meals, but participants will be expected to cover their own transportation and lodging expenses. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday, June 4, 2009, and will conclude after lunch on Friday, June 5, 2009.

Why attend? For legal scholars, NIE is relevant in at least three different ways. First, legal scholarship can benefit from the lessons of transaction cost economics when we write about legal and political institutions in our research. Congress, judges, executive branch agencies, lawyers, and other legal actors all face information costs, collective action problems, and behavioral challenges, just as private actors do.

Second, when legal scholars make normative claims, we often implicitly assume that our policy proposals would be implemented by perfect political institutions. While an assumption of perfect political institutions is sometimes useful analytically, the normative implications of a paper may change if we instead assume implementation by real world political institutions.

Third, NIE can help us understand how legal, economic, social and political institutions and governance arrangements shape the behavior of firms and individuals. Institutional detail can explain why firms and individuals do not always respond to legal incentives as rational actor models might predict; transaction costs, cognitive limitations, and organizational factors all affect behavior. Understanding these interactions can enrich our legal analysis.


TPRC Call for Papers

TPRC Presents
The 37th Research Conference on
Communication, Information, and Internet Policy
Hosted by the Center for Technology and the Law
George Mason University Law School
Arlington, Virginia
Friday, September 25, 2009 through Sunday, September 27, 2009
TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information and internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations together with policymakers. The purpose of the conference is to acquaint policymakers with the best of recent research and to familiarize researchers with the knowledge requirements of policymakers and industry. The conference agenda will consist of papers selected from reviewed, submitted abstracts, student papers and posters, and selected panel submissions.

TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers, panel proposals, student papers and posters for presentation at the 2009 conference. Proposals should be based on current theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and information policy, and may be from any disciplinary perspective. TPRC seeks submissions of disciplinary, comparative, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary excellence. Subject areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to the following: (Click on topic below for topic descriptions.)

Network Competition, Policy and Management
Next Generation all-IP Networks: Policy, Regulatory, Architectural and Societal Issues
Spectrum Policy
Societal Issues: Universality and Affordable Access
The Transformation and Future of Media in an Age of User- and Community-Produced Content
The Transformation and Future of Intellectual Property and Digital Rights
Privacy, Security, Identity and Trust
Internet Governance and Institutional Strategies for Information Policy
International and Jurisdictional Issues
The Mobile Phone and its Impacts
Other Emerging Topics are highly encouraged
Submissions are due by March 31, 2009. Abstracts, panel proposals and poster submissions must be submitted electronically at http://www.tprc.org . Abstracts are not to exceed 500 words. For posters and paper abstracts, please identify the methods, central ideas, and outcomes (obtained or expected) of the research. Responses will be made by May 15, 2009. Selected papers will be due to TPRC on August 15th and authors are expected to present the accepted submission.

For additional information please check our web site, www.tprc.org.

Thank you to our current 2009 TPRC Sponsors: Comcast, Google, Microsoft, George Mason University School of Law, Georgetown University, Syracuse University, University of Florida PURC; University of Florida PPRC and Silicon Flatirons Center, University of Colorado Boulder. For sponsorship information, please contact Syd Verinder, sverinder@hotmail.com.

Remixing at Ohio State

Remix/Mashup 2009: The Future of Creative Production and Ownership
March 12-13, 2009
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and Wexner Center for the Arts have collaborated for a novel discussion on the implications of mashup and remix in the world of Web 2.0. Recent technological developments have created a wave of user-generated content in which pre-existing sounds and images are appropriated, reshaped, and shared with unprecedented ease. Bringing together new media artists, prominent academics, and influential members of the media community, this event will discuss ways in which the digitization of music, film, and visual art over the internet is influencing the future of these industries and the future of copyright law.

Organized as a combination of panels, roundtables, and performances and, the event will engage presenters and audience members to think broadly about the legal, political, economic, and cultural landscapes accompanying mashup art and collaborative creation.

Selected papers and essays by participants will be published in a special issue of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, the law school’s interdisciplinary journal that focuses on law and policy issues related to the ways in which digital information and communication technologies are transforming society.