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Archived Intellectual Property and Information Law Events

Intellectual Property Law

Colloquium on Innovation Policy
Spring semesters
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Rob Reid Year Zero Book Talk
April 30, 2013
Abstract: The entire cosmos has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything-and the aliens are not amused.  Nick Carter, a lawyer who knows a thing or two about copyright law, may be the only thing standing between us and total destruction.
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The Relationship between the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court in the Development of Patent Law
March 13, 2013
Abstract: An informal discussion between Judges Timothy Dyk and Pauline Newman.  The interchange should be lively: both are judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit with very different ideas about intellectual property policy and theories of adjudication. 

Defensive Patent License Project
February 1, 2013
Abstract: The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is a new legal mechanism to protect innovators by networking patents into powerful, mutually-beneficial legal shields that are 100% committed to defending innovation – no bullies, trolls, or other leeches allowed.  It is designed to address the most broken parts of the patent system.  The DPL also helps prevent adversaries from patenting open technologies and pulling them out of the public domain.  It is an open source-style patent license that seeks to promote the use of patents to encourage freedom to innovate & to operate instead of using them to shut down competition, for rent-seeking, or to inhibit access to knowledge. This approach offers several potential benefits, especially to open innovation communities and/or start-ups: 1) A way to legally bind companies/patents to exclusive defensive use; 2) A way to allow those who are skeptical/critical of the patent system to participate without worry that their innovations will be offensively weaponized; 3) A way to improve prior art by filing defense-oriented patent applications that will preempt future offensive applications; 4) A way to prevent patent trolls from exploiting patents by preemptively committing them to defensive-only use; and 5) A way to provide access to a clear collection of patents that anyone can use for free as long as they are also committed to defensive uses.

Tri-State Region IP Workshop [Third Annual]
January 11, 2013
Abstract: Professors, fellows, visitors, graduate students, and practitioners from the tri-state region presented their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment. Topics were related to intellectual property or information law. The format involved a series of plenary sessions chaired by a senior commentator.  This annual workshop will make it possible for IP and information law scholars located in the tri-state region to get together on a more regular basis to share and discuss each other’s work. 

Life as a New IP Associate
October 4, 2012
Abstract: A panel discussion on how to transition from law school to private practice.

Convening Cultural Commons
September 23-24, 2011
Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to gather scholars from a variety of disciplines who share interests in the study of commons as governance regimes in information, knowledge, and other cultural contexts. The focus will be on institutional analysis of commons, common pool resources, and related institutions for governance of knowledge and information and rights in knowledge and information.  Relevant disciplines include law, political science, economics, sociology, organizational science, information science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the history of science and technology, among others.
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Cultural Protocols Workshop
August 19, 2011
Abstract: This workshop will bring together a small group of legal and cultural scholars to explore the concept and the utility of cultural protocols in relation to Indigenous and local knowledge management issues. The focus of the workshop is predominately legal – and this is quite deliberate. In thinking about the possibilities of protocols and how they can be used as a useful strategy as well as a tool of leverage for Native American communities in the United States, as well as elsewhere, it is critical that there is an inter-linked and robust legal framework that can work in support of the further development of cultural protocols. This will not only contribute to the ability for communities to make informed decisions about how cultural protocols can be effectively utilized, but also provide significant background work in the instances where specific cultural protocols are undermined or delegitimized by third parties.

Balancing Wealth and Health: Access to Medicines in Latin America as a Case Study of the Global Administration of Intellectual Property Law
May 25-26, 2011
Abstract: This Workshop considered the draft report of a project undertaken as part of NYU’s Global Administrative Law (GAL) Network, sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and jointly coordinated by the University of the Andes (Colombia) and NYU.  The project is aimed at examining, through a series of case studies, the processes and administrative mechanisms that states use internally to negotiate the balance between intellectual property rights and other policy and human rights considerations. 

User and Open Innovation: How Should Intellectual Property Law Respond?
May 28-29, 2010
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Enough is Enough!: Ceilings on Intellectual Property Rights Workshop
co-sponsored by Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law
May 1-2, 2009
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Workshop on Trade Secrecy
February 20-21, 2009
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Digital Convergence and Copyright
April 7, 2008
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Working Within the Boundaries of Intellectual Property – Conference of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
June 5-6, 2007
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Anti-Dilution: The Theory and Reality of Extended Trade Mark Protection in the US and EU
December 8, 2006
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Information Law

Governing Algorithms Conference
May 16-17, 2013
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Workshop on Personal Health Portfolio: Technology, Usability and Policy
February 8, 2013
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Conference on Mobile and Location Privacy: A Technology and Policy Dialog
April 13, 2012
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Colloquium on Information Technology and Society
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Platforms and Power Roundtable
May 6, 2011
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Online Hate Speech and Cyber-Harassment Summit
April 12, 2010

A Workshop on Federal Privacy Legislation
October 2, 2009

Search Privacy Strategy Roundtable
November 8, 2007

Identity and Identification in a Networked World: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
September 29-30, 2006

A Spyware Workshop
March 16-17, 2006

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