Boundaries of IP Law, at Hong Kong

“Searching for the Boundaries of Intellectual Property Law”

Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
December 15, 2012

Intellectual property law has come to a crossroads and is facing uncertain direction towards future development. With the tremendous challenges from Internet technologies, the demand for public access to information, the prevalence of public health crises and the cry for a cleaner environment, IP laws are now under severe attack for their outdated protection scopes that may unduly constrain or expand the rights of either IPR holders, users or the general public. Many other academic disciplines, whether economics, human rights or constitutional law, have increasingly stepped into the area of IP law. They call for a better balance between the need for promotion of innovation, human right and the public interest on the one hand and the protection of IPRs on the other hand. Whether IPRs are public rights subject to the scrutiny of public international law or private rights inalienable from right-holders has never been settled. Within the IP law arena, the boundaries between specific IP laws, particularly between copyright and patent laws, have also become blurred as more copyrightable subject matters are now under patent protection. The line between the exclusivity of IPRs and the rights to fair use or in the public domain has become harder to draw. This conference aims to bring together renowned international and regional IP scholars to tackle these challenging issues and search for the proper boundaries of intellectual property law.

Co-organizers:

• Dr. Li Yahong, Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
• Prof. Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director, Intellectual Property Law Center, Drake University Law School, USA

Keynote Speakers:

• Prof. Stefan Bechtold, Professor of Intellectual Property, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
• Prof. Kathy Bowrey, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia

Confirmed Presenters:

• Prof. Christoph Antons, Professor of Law, School of Law, Deakin University, Australia
• Prof. Irene Calboli, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Program, Marquette University Law School, USA
• Prof. John T. Cross, Grosscurth Professor of Law, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, USA
• Prof. Jacques de Werra, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
• Prof. Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, USA
• Dr. Emily Hudson, Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, UK
• Prof. Bruce Kennedy, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, USA
• Prof. Doris Estelle Long, Professor of Law and Chair, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Privacy Group, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA
• Prof. Michael J. Madison, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Innovation Practice Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, USA
• Prof. Bryan C. Mercurio, Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong
• Prof. Gary Myers, Dean and Earl F. Nelson Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law, USA
• Dr. Rostam J. Neuwirth, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Macau
• Prof. Eric Priest, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law, USA
• Prof. Kamal Puri, Professor of Intellectual Property and Director, WIPO-QUT Master of Intellectual Property Law Program, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
• Prof. Lars S. Smith, Samuel J. Stallings Professor of Law, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, USA
• Prof. Mary W.S. Wong, Professor of Law and Director, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, University of New Hampshire, USA