Innovation, China, and Australia at Melbourne and Sydney

IPRIA Conference

The Rise of Innovative China: Implications for the Region

Thursday 19th July 2012 – Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology Sydney
Friday 20th July 2012 – Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne

This conference will address the important issue of how Australia, and the region more broadly, should respond to the emergence of China as an economic superpower.

Rather than re-examine IP enforcement problems, the event will focus on China’s rapid emergence as a powerful and extremely innovative nation and the unique opportunity this presents for many innovative Australian companies.

The conference will feature Australian and Chinese speakers drawn from a range of business, law, economics and policy backgrounds and include some of the nation’s most insightful thought-leaders on the issue.


IP in Motion / EPIP Conference at Leuven

7th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association


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University of Leuven, Belgium
September 27-28, 2012


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The EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association will hold its 7th Annual Conference on September 27-28, 2012 in Leuven (Belgium). Scholars and practitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of intellectual property (IP) rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without paper presentation.

The conference aims to explore and stimulate debate regarding open innovation and creation, and to examine the interaction between open innovation and proprietary IP mechanisms. Is the IP rationale under pressure in view of these changing innovation dynamics? Are IP strategies ‘in motion’ in response to these emerging trends of increased openness?

The plenary sessions will be centered around the major theme of ‘IP in motion’. Leading economists, renown legal scholars, industry representatives and policy makers will take the floor as keynote speakers to share their insights and views on recent developments in the innovation and IP landscape. More in particular, the plenary sessions will address:

Open innovation and IPRs
Open source, open access and IPRs
Open standards and IPRs
Within the EPIP tradition, we are now issuing a call for papers to be presented in the parallel sessions. Submission is open to papers of general interest in the area of IP law and policy. Papers may address topics such as:

Open innovation, new business models and the role of IPRs
Patent pools, patent clearinghouses and open source models
Crowd sourcing and IPRs
Platform technologies and IPRs
Commons and IPRs
Standard setting and IP
Markets for IPRs
IPRs, entrepreneurship and growth
Green innovation and IPRs
Governance and IPRs
Trade secrecy and know how
Mobility of inventors
Networks of inventors
Disambiguating inventors’ names and addresses (methodological papers)
IPRs in science
Economic/financial valuation of IPRs (methodological and practical challenges)
University patenting

Papers will be reviewed by the experts of the Scientific Committee. In the parallel sessions feedback on the papers will be provided by keynote speakers, members of the Scientific Committee and senior scholars.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Kevin BOUDREAU, London Business School, UK
Prof. Dan BURK, University of California, Irvine School of Law, US
Mr. Tony CLAYTON, Patent Office, UK
Prof. Carlos CORREA, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof. Paul A. DAVID, Oxford University, Department of Economics and Stanford University,
Institute for Economic Policy Research, US
Prof. Koenraad DEBACKERE, Leuven University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Belgium
Prof. Séverine DUSOLLIER, FUNDP, Namur, Belgium
Prof. Carsten FINK, WIPO, Geneva
Prof. Alfonso GAMBARDELLA, Università Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi”
Prof. Bronwyn HALL, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Mathew Heim, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm, Brussels
Prof. Reto M. HILTY, Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich, Germany
Mrs. Ellen ‘t HOEN, Medicines Patent Pool, Geneva
Prof. Timothy SIMCOE, Boston University School of Management, US
Dr. Stuart GRAHAM, Chief economist United States Patent and Trademark Office, US
Dr. Anatole KRATTIGER, WIPO, Geneva (tbc)
Mrs. Kristin NEUMAN, MPEG-LA
Prof. Katherine STRANDBERG, NYU, US
Prof. Kees STUURMAN, Tilburg University, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, the Netherlands
Prof. Antony TAUBMAN, Director, Intellectual Property DivisionWorld Trade Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (tbc)
Dr. Nikolaus THUMM, Chief economist European Patent Office, Munich
Dr. Johan Van Helleputte, Senior Vice President Strategic Development IMEC, Belgium (tbc)
Prof. Fred van Lehman, Google

Scientific Committee

Prof. Stephan BECHTOLD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (German: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule orETH), Zurich, SwitzerlandProf.
Bruno CASSIMAN, IESE Business School, Barcelona; University of Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics
Prof. Ian COCKBURN, Boston University, USA
Prof. Dirk CzarnitzkI, University of Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics, MSI, Belgium
Prof. Paul A. DAVID, Oxford University, Department of Economics, UK; Stanford University, Institute for Economic Policy Research, USA
Prof. Séverine DUSOLLIER, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Centre de Recherche, Information, Droit et Société (CRIDS), Namur, Belgium
Prof. Christoph GRIMPE, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. Bronwyn H. HALL, University of California at Berkeley, USA; University of Maastricht, the Netherlands
Prof. Dietmar HARHOFF, Ludwig-Maximilians Unversität München, INNO-tec, Germany
Prof. Reto M. HILTY, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law; Universities of Munich and Zurich, Germany/Switzerland
Prof. Peter LOTZ, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. Pierre MOHNEN, University of Maastricht, UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands
Prof. Alexander PEUKERT, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Prof. Ingrid SCHNEIDER, Universität Hamburg, Forschungsschwerpunkt Biotechnik, Gesellschaft und Umwelt, Germany
Prof. Salvatore TORRISI, University of Bologna, Italy
Prof. Bart VAN LOOY, University of Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics, MSI, Belgium
Prof. Bruno VAN POTTELSBERGHE, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Business School, Belgium
Prof. Patrick WAELBROECK, Ecole nationale supérieure des telecommunications, Department of economics and social sciences, Paris, France
Prof. Elisabeth WEBSTER, Melbourne University, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, Australia

Organizing Committee

Prof. Tom DEDEURWAERDERE, Université catholique de Louvain, Centre de Philosophie du Droit, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Prof. Isabelle HUYS, University of Leuven, Faculty of Pharmacy
Drs. Adrian KOVACS, University of Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics, MSI
Mrs. Linda MEES, University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR)
Prof. Alain STROWEL, Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles ; Université de Liège, Belgium
Prof. Geertrui VAN OVERWALLE, University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, CIR
Dr. Esther VAN ZIMMEREN, University of Leuven, Faculty of Law, CIR
Prof. Reinhilde VEUGELERS, University of Leuven, Faculty of Business and Economics, Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation, MSI

Submission procedure for scientific papers

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted to

All proposals must include the following information:

title of the paper
authors’ name and affiliation(s), full address, phone and e-mail address
motivation, research question(s), research methodology
abstract of up to 500 words

Conference fees for academics Early bird conference fee until July 31, 2012 200 €
Student fee, PhD student fee until July 31, 2012 100 €
Normal conference fee after July 31, 2012 250 €

Conference fees for non-academics

Early bird conference fee until July 31, 2012 300 €
Normal conference fee after July 31, 2012 400 €

Time schedule for submission of scientific papers

Deadline for abstract submission May 30, 2012
Notification of paper acceptance July 15, 2012
Full paper submission September 1, 2012

Time table for registration

Opening of registration March 1, 2012
End of early bird registration July 31, 2012
End of registration September 1, 2012

Additional information for authors with accepted papers

In order for your paper to be included in the program, at least one of the authors must have registered to the conference by June 30, 2012. Each participant will only be allowed to present one paper during the conference. Co-authored papers may be presented by any of the participating co-authors.

For more information do not hesitate to contact

Global Congress on IP, in Rio


2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
December 15-17, 2012
FGV Law School
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
English | Portuguese

We are pleased to announce the Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. The theme for this year’s Congress will be “Setting the positive agenda in motion.” This note invites applications to attend the Congress, including proposals to chair workshops or deliver a paper or presentation related to the Congress’s theme.


The application form is available now at Due to generous support from our sponsors, the Congress will cover the registration fees and all on-site costs for all attendees, including lunches and dinner receptions. Limited travel grants to cover accommodation and/or travel to the Congress will be available, with priorities for those from developing countries.


§ Priority applications for travel assistance and to present or chair a workshop at the Congress will be due by August 1, 2012.

§ Final applications for travel grants, subject to funding availability, as well as applications to present at the Congress, will be due by September 1, 2012.

§ Applicants not seeking travel assistance or presentation opportunities may apply to attend the Congress by November 1, 2012.


The First Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest was convened in 2011 to define a positive agenda for policy reform, build a global network of scholars and advocates to promote the agenda and provide opportunities for the sharing of research and strategies. The nearly 200 inaugural participants from over 30 countries and 6 continents deliberated over three days through in-person meetings and web-based collaboration to produce the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest ( — an action agenda for promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law reform around the world.

Sixteen months later, we come together to measure our progress and expand the positive agenda. To this end, we invite applications to attend the Congress and contribute to its deliberations identifying forums where policy is being developed, proposing policies or actions that promote public interest goals and principles, and identifying and planning to respond to research and analysis needs.


Because the primary purpose of the Congress is to promote deliberation and action planning, the opportunities for formal presentation will be somewhat limited. We will, however, have spaces for keynote presentations or panel discussions for each session (see below). In addition, as in the inaugural year, the Congress will host small works-in-progress workshops to allow participants to share their own work and solicit feedback from peers.


Six main tracks will include a half day workshop introduced by a lecture or panel discussion on one or more of the themes noted below. The keynote introduction will be followed by deliberation in which participants will, first, review progress and opportunity in existing or potential policy forums and, second, review the current state of research and identify policy and empirical research needs and resources. Tracks will also have opportunities to draft statements or action plans for adoption at the closing plenary of the Congress or for discussion and online after the Congress ends.

We encourage applicants to identify specific sessions in which they would like to contribute.

Regulating Intellectual Property: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to regulate uses of intellectual property through other legal doctrines that express and safeguard human values, including human rights, consumer protection, competition and privacy laws.

Valuing Openness and the Public Domain: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to ensure that creative and innovative works ultimately become free for all to use as part of the public domain, including through open licensing, open access, open educational resources, open data, open standards, open government, and related open information policies.

Strengthening Limitations and Exceptions as Enabling Tools for Innovation and Expression: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to use limitations and exceptions as positive enabling doctrines to ensure that intellectual property law fulfills its ultimate purpose of promoting essential aspects of the public interest.

Setting Public Interest Priorities for Patent and Research and Development Reform: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to ensure that patent and other research and development policies serve all segments of society, and particularly the most disadvantaged, and accommodate the diverse needs of a complex world with a more diverse structure of incentives for innovation.

Supporting Cultural Creativity: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to maximize opportunities for creativity while increasing access to creative works and helping to end disputes over practices like non-commercial file-sharing.

Checking Enforcement Excesses: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to ensure that intellectual property enforcement policies and practices respect the human rights principle of proportionality and are not used as a diversion from the difficult task of tailoring intellectual property norms to their social contexts.

Implementing Development Agendas: This session will survey recent developments and proposals to fully integrate the development dimension into intellectual property policy and norm-setting at all levels of international and national intellectual policy making.

Targeted Research: Given the spectrum of issues described above, what are the key research needs? Given academic incentive structures, what kinds of research fall through the cracks? Given the funding crisis in this field, how can we meet research needs on the cheap? Given the international scope of many policy issues, how can we work collaboratively and comparatively? Given the Internet, how can we develop and leverage new software tools for data collection?

In addition to the above sessions, we invite presentations on other topics relevant to the positive agenda the Washington Declaration promotes, including:

§ the role of mobilisation and activism.

§ collaboration between ISPs and governments in enforcement

§ the ecology of access to educational materials

§ designing copyright from scratch

§ updates and lessons from specific forms, e.g. WIPO, national legislatures, trade negotiations, etc.

The application form is available now at Please forward this invitation to interested lists and individuals. For more information or questions, you may


§ Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade – CTS | FGV DIREITO RIO, 2012 Chair

§ American Assembly, Columbia University, New York

§ International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva

§ Centre for Internet and Society, India

§ Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open AIR) initiative

§ Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University, Wash. D.C.

Access Challenges at Bucerius, in Hamburg

The Access Challenge in the 21st Century: Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Laws and Knowledge Governance

May 18-19, 2012
Bucerius Law School
Hamburg, Germany

The Bucerius Law School is pleased to invite you to the inaugural academic conference of its Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. The Center’s mission is to contribute to scholarship in the critical fields of Intellectual Property and Knowledge Governance from a global perspective.

The academic conference is intended to identify emerging initiatives, ideas and research in Intellectual Property and related fields. The focus is on new approaches to information access, reuse and collective use and on means to incentivize innovation, while dealing with the tension between access and incentives in a balanced manner.

This conference brings together some of the world’s best-known thinkers in the field of Intellectual Property and Knowledge Governance. They will present their work and discuss their thoughts on emerging directions and solutions. The ideas shared will likely inform tomorrow’s legislation.

We anticipate a stimulating exchange of ideas between speakers and audience, with ample opportunity for discussion.

Keynote speakers
•Amelia Andersdotter (Member of the European Parliament)
•Professor Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford)
•Professor Dr. Reto M. Hilty (Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law; University of Zurich)
•Roger Kampf (World Trade Organization)
•Professor Jerome H. Reichman (Duke University)

Additional features
•Expanded coverage of ACTA and the European Parliament’s approach
•Young scholars’ panel (selected young scholars will present their work)
•Networking breaks, dinner reception and post conference sightseeing trip

We hope you will also enjoy the beauty and numerous attractions that are offered by Hamburg in May. Please check out our Culture and Sightseeing options. Should you need assistance, please contact Natja Rühl.


Intermediary Liability at Haifa

​Symposium: Intermediary Liability in the Digital Age
May 16, 2012

Auditorium 101, 1st floor, Hatter Student Building
University of Haifa – Faculty of Law

Academic Organizers:
Dr. Khalid Ghanayim, Dr. Tal Zarsky, Haifa University, Faculty of Law

New digital technologies are generating a rich discourse of ideas and content, which is easily and mostly freely available to all. Technology enables these beneficial dynamics by reducing the costs of interactions and data distribution. Yet technology also reduced the costs of antisocial and destructive activity. It might lead to breaches of privacy, slanderous exchanges and even promote violence and suppression of weaker groups. Therefore, these new trends of information flow lead to a variety of legal questions and policy challenges.

Any legal and policy discussion regarding digital content and its potential detriments quickly gravitates towards digital intermediaries. These powerful distribution platforms stand at a crucial juncture in the overall information flow. At this point, they can control and even shape the public discourse. Given their position of power, they naturally generate questions regarding their liability for the harms the information they convey cause, as well as other policy concerns. Should intermediaries be held liable for harms caused by the information conveyed and speech exercised within their virtual realm? Should they be required to structure their policies and interfaces in a specific manner? Should one set of rules pertain to all intermediaries, or is a more context-specific policy strategy called for?

The symposium brings together leading legal experts from around the world. They are joined by legal practitioners and members of the relevant industries. The discussion will focus on the legal questions and policy concerns related to intermediary liability in this new digital environment. In doing so, this event will address the important rights and interests at stake – free speech, technological development and innovation as well as privacy and personal autonomy rights. It will examine the novel contexts of cyberlaw and telecommunications policy, while acknowledging existing doctrines of tort law, and related topics (such as copyright). The discussion will examine general intermediaries, as well as specific intermediaries which provide unique services (search engines, social networks, dating websites and others). The symposium will also examine the technological and social backgrounds that for these legal issues.


Patent Institutions Summit at Stanford

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology
proudly present

Patent Institutions Summit:

Bringing Together the PTO, Federal Circuit, District Courts and the ITC

Monday, May 21, 2012

8:20 am – 5:30 pm

Stanford University

Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residences (map)

Register Online or visit the Conference Page for more information:

BCLT Sponsors are eligible for a special discounted registration rate. Contact Louise Lee at for more information.

Now that the America Invents Act (AIA) has been signed into law, many of the most promising opportunities for continued progress in improving the patent system lie in PTO initiatives and improvements in dispute resolution. Under Director Kappos’s leadership, the Patent Office has instituted a wide range of administrative reforms and data-driven initiatives aimed at better aligning the patent system. The Federal Circuit has taken a much more active role in addressing perceived weaknesses in patent jurisprudence. The district courts – led by the Northern District of California – have made substantial strides in improving patent dispute resolution. And the ITC has emerged as a major player in patent enforcement. The Patent Institutions Summit brings together key officials from the principal patent institutions to discuss and exchange ideas on the next era of patent system evolution. With significant patent reform unlikely for the foreseeable future, the PTO, Federal Circuit, district courts, and ITC will play critical, front-line roles in improving the patent system. Coordinating their activities and measuring/evaluating their progress will be essential to the next phase of progress.

Join us for this unique event featuring patent system leaders from government, the bench, industry and academia.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Hon. David J. Kappos
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
and Director of the USPTO

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Hon. Katherine O’ Malley
Circuit Judge

U.S. District Courts

Hon. Jeremy Fogel
Director, Federal Judicial Center and U.S. District Judge

Hon. Lucy H. Koh
U.S. District Court Judge (N.D. Cal)

Hon. Ronald M. Whyte
U.S. District Judge (N.D. Cal)

U.S. International Trade Commission

Hon. Shara Aranoff

Hon. Charles E. Bullock
Chief ALJ

Steve Carlson
Fish & Richardson

Prof. John Duffy
University of Virginia School of Law

Michelle Lee

Prof. Mark Lemley
Stanford Law School

Chip Lutton
former Chief Patent Counsel (2001-2011), Apple

Prof. Peter Menell
BCLT and Berkeley Law, Stanford Law School (visiting 2011-12)

Prof. Robert Merges
BCLT and Berkeley Law

Matthew Powers
Tensegrity Law Group

Arti Rai
Duke University School of Law

Edward Reines
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Stefani Shanberg
Wilson, Sonisini, Goodrich & Rosati

Laura Sorto

Lee Van Pelt
Van Pelt, Yi & James, LLP

Mallun Yen
RPX Corporation

Hon. Ronald Whyte
United States Court of the Northern District of California