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Archived Intellectual Property and Information Law Events

Intellectual Property Law

Colloquium on Innovation Policy
Spring semesters
colloquium information [2000-2013]
colloquium information [2014 -]

ETH/NYU Conference on Transatlantic Innovation Scholarship, Design Protection → Design Innovation?
June 11, 2015

Panel Discussion on IPRs at the PTAB: Should They Be District Court Lite or a Second Bite at the USPTO Prosecution Apple?
June 2, 2015
Abstract: The Engelberg Center will host and moderate a discussion among industry representatives, including the pharmaceutical and high tech industries, on whether innovation is better supported by having the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) apply in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings the same legal standards that U.S. District Courts apply in patent litigation or the standards which the USPTO applies in patent prosecution.  Our distinguished panelists include: Matthew Levy, Computer and Communications Industry Association; Hans Sauer, Biotechnology Industry Organization; Jaime A. Siegel, ACACIA Research Group LLC; Marian Underweiser, IP Policy & Strategy, IBM; Jane Wasman, Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.

Panel Discussion on Patent Reform: Will Fee Shifting Help or Hinder Patent Enforcement?
March 2, 2015
Abstract: Professor Jason Schultz, NYU Law, will moderate a discussion on whether fee shifting as proposed in Congress is needed in view of the relaxed standard for exceptional case recovery since the SCOTUS decisions in Octane and Highmark. Panelists include: Eric Cohen, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; John Desmarais, Desmarais LLP; Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, NYU Law; Theresa Gillis, Mayer Brown LLP; David Kappos, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; John Pegram, Fish & Richardson.

Fifth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop
January 9, 2015
Abstract: The Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop brings together intellectual property scholars (including professors, fellows, visitors, graduate students, and practitioners) from the tri-state region to present their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment.

Workshop on Medical User Innovation and Medical Commons
May 15-17, 2014
Abstract: This focused interdisciplinary workshop will: bring together researchers studying medical and health innovation from the user innovation and knowledge commons governance approaches; explore potential synergies between these two groups of researchers, who bring different backgrounds, methodologies, and expertise to these issues; and interrogate and critique the role of intellectual property in medical research and innovation in light of the potential for user innovation and knowledge commons approaches

IPNY: The Role of Geographical Indications
April 17, 2014
Abstract: Inaugural IPNY event, a new series of public lectures from experts on contemporary issues of IP and innovation law and policy. For the first installment of IPNY, Richard Mendelson and Professor Sprigman will have a lively debate on the role of geographical indications.

50 Years Later: The New York Times v. Sullivan
April 2, 2014
Abstract: March 9, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision on the freedom of the press in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. In the decision, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects reports about public officials -- even false ones -- unless they have been made with actual malice (with knowledge that they are false or in reckless disregard of their truth or falsity). This case allowed much of the press reports on civil rights in the South to move forward. Fifty years later, we convene to consider the implications and lasting significance of the Supreme Court's decision.

Innovation Law & Policy Edit-a-Thon
March 8, 2014
Abstract: The inaugural Innovation Law & Policy Edit-a-thon, co-sponsored by the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and the Wikimedia Foundation, brings together a coalition of experienced editors, as well as law professors, activists, and other professionals, to create and improve Wikipedia articles at the intersection of law and policy.

Fourth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop
January 10, 2014
Abstract: The Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop brings together intellectual property scholars (including professors, fellows, visitors, graduate students, and practitioners) from the tri-state region to present their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment.

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference
October 11-13, 2013
Abstract: The Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference is a multidisciplinary conference about UAVs and drones—with a special emphasis on civilian applications. DARC broadens the public conversation beyond the privacy and targeted killing debates. We'll delve deep into the impact of unmanned systems on society and advance knowledge in legal and practical domains.

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. Join author and entrepreneur Rob Reid for a unique look at the institution of copyright law, followed by a conversation with David Pashman (General Counsel, Meetup) and a Year Zero book signing.

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.

Third Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop
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
Ostrom lecture information
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.

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
Abstract: The NYU’s Engelberg Center and the UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology will co-sponsor a workshop to consider the implications of user and open innovation for intellectual property doctrine.  The importance of these creative paradigms relative to centralized innovation by manufacturers and mass media producers is increasingly recognized in the business community, yet has not been systematically addressed by intellectual property law.  The workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars of law, management, and economics to consider whether and in what specific ways intellectual property law should be modified to accommodate the increasing importance of innovation by users for their own use and of collaborative and open processes of innovation.

Enough is Enough!: Ceilings on Intellectual Property Rights Workshop
May 1-2, 2009
Abstract: The Engelberg Center at NYU School of Law and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law [MPI] is holding a two-day workshop to consider whether Enough is Enough: whether it is time to consider limits on the expansion of intellectual property rights within the international framework. The intent is to talk about existing limits within, and outside, intellectual property law (including human rights and competition law). We will also consider existing proposals for mandatory limits imposed through international intellectual property law.

Workshop on Trade Secrecy
February 20-21, 2009
Abstract: A workshop for the authors of the Trade Secrecy book in the hope of making the final volume better integrated and giving you the opportunity to benefit from one another’s feedback.

Digital Convergence and Copyright
April 7, 2008
Abstract: The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society of NYU School of Law will host a symposium on digital convergence and copyright. The Symposium will be held under the aegis of Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. The Symposium will address copyright issues associated with emerging media services, from both a business as well as legal perspective, discussing digital distribution of entertainment and phenomenon that blurs the boundaries between different media and copyrightable subject matters.

Working Within the Boundaries of Intellectual Property – Conference of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
June 5-6, 2007
Abstract: In June, 1998, The Engelberg Center convened a conference at La Pietra to examine the expanding boundaries of intellectual property protection. Various proposals were made for cabining the trend. Subsequent experience has demonstrated, however, that cabining is politically unfeasible and administratively difficult. In the face of increasing concern that strong rights could hinder innovation and slow dynamic competitiveness, this conference was organized to investigate approaches to working within the expanding intellectual property paradigm.

Anti-Dilution: The Theory and Reality of Extended Trade Mark Protection in the US and EU
December 8, 2006
Abstract: This workshop will explore the case for expanding trademark protection beyond its traditional realm, examine its implementation in practice, and consider countervailing considerations.

Information Law

Privacy Research Group Talks
2012-2013; 2013-2014; 2014-2015 Academic Years
Abstract: The Privacy Research Group is a weekly meeting of students, professors, and industry professionals who are passionate about exploring, protecting, and understanding privacy in the digital age.

Talk by FTC Commissioner Julie Brill
June 11, 2015
The Information Law Institute will host an informal meeting with FTC Commissioner Julie Brill to discuss consumer privacy and other topics of mutual interest.  

Symposium on Government Access to Data in the Cloud
May 26-27, 2015
Abstract: This Symposium, hosted by the Information Law Institute and the Center on Law and Security, will present cutting-edge research on domestic, international and transnational legal approaches to regulating government access to data stored in the cloud. The symposium will bring legal scholars together with participants who bring law enforcement, industry, privacy advocacy and human rights perspectives to bear on the important and often contentious debate about this rapidly evolving issue.

Privacy in the Modern Age The Search for Solutions Book Talk
April 29, 2015
Abstract: The threats to privacy are well known: the NSA tracks our phone calls, Google records where we go online, companies constantly lose our personal information, and our children are fingerprinted and their test scores saved for posterity. Join Professors Helen Nissenbaum, Frank Pasquale, and Katherine Strandburg; policy experts Sheila Kaplan and Faiza Patel; and contributing editor, Jeramie Scott as we celebrate the publication of Privacy in the Modern Age The Search for Solutions. The discussion will be moderated by contributing editor, Professor Katherine Strandburg. Opening remarks by contributing editor, Jeramie Scott. Sponsored by NYU Information Law Institute and Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Cloud Data Access: A Transnational Perspective
March 13, 2015
Abstract: More than ever before, people today rely on cloud computing services for email, online storage and backup, social media, video services, and gaming. However, the laws governing data privacy obligations were written long before anyone dreamed up the cloud. This makes regulatory issues very complicated at the purely domestic level, but even more so when cross-jurisdictional issues come into play as users, their data, and technology providers can all reside in different physical locations. In fact, government and industry are grappling with these issues on many fronts – in diplomatic discussions between the U.S. and Europe, in legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate, and, most recently, in a legal case brought by Microsoft Corp. challenging a US government search warrant for customer communications stored in a company datacenter in Dublin, Ireland. This CLE will explore the specific legal questions raised by these jurisdictional issues, the laws involved, and arguments on how these issues should be resolved. Panelists include Ira Rubinstein, Senior Fellow, Information Law Institute, Zachary Goldman, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security, and Katherine Strandburg, Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law.

Algorithms and Accountability Conference
February 28, 2015
Abstract: Scholars, stakeholders, and policymakers question the adequacy of existing mechanisms governing algorithmic decision-making and grapple with new challenges presented by the rise of algorithmic power in terms of transparency, fairness, and equal treatment. Algorithms increasingly shape our news, economic options, and educational trajectories. The centrality and concerns about algorithmic decision making have only increased since we hosted the Governing Algorithms conference in May 2013. This event will build upon that conversation to address legal, policy and ethical challenges related to algorithmic power in three specific contexts: media production and consumption, commerce, and education. Organized by the Information Law Institute, NYU School of Law, it is cosponsored by NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture and Communications, the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing and Microsoft.

NYU Law Roundtable on Government Access to Cloud Data
December 10, 2014
Abstract: The roundtable, which will be hosted by the Information Law Institute and the Center on Law and Security, will be addressing legal and policy issues related to government cloud access spurred by the Microsoft search warrant case.  It will be closed door/off-the-record session conducted according to Chatham House Rules.

NYU Security Research Seminar
Fall 2014 & Spring 2015
Abstract: The Security Research Seminar at New York University, launched in January 2014, is a weekly meeting of students, faculty, policy makers and industry professionals interested in analyzing the ways in which advanced technologies are putting pressure on legal regimes and concepts of security. The seminar addresses a variety of perspectives on security in a digital age, including security of information and software, computer networks, cyber-physical systems and infrastructure and will include discussions about national as well as international cyber-security law and policy.

Obfuscation Symposium
February 15, 2014
Abstract: The Symposium on Obfuscation will bring together experts from a variety of backgrounds who study, script and design technologies that either simulate, detect, or are susceptible to obfuscation. By obfuscation we mean the production of misleading, ambiguous and plausible but confusing information as an act of concealment or evasion. In the course of the day, we will critically explore and assess the use of obfuscation as a strategy for individuals, groups or communities to hide; to protect themselves; to protest or enact civil disobedience, especially in the context of monitoring, aggregated analysis, and profiling in (digital) space.

Governing Algorithms Conference
May 16-17, 2013
Abstract: Algorithms are increasingly invoked as powerful entities that control, govern, sort, regulate, and shape everything from financial trades to news media. Nevertheless, the nature and implications of such orderings are far from clear. What exactly is it that algorithms “do”? What is the role attributed to “algorithms” in these arguments? How can we turn the “problem of algorithms” into an object of productive inquiry? This conference sets out to explore the recent rise of algorithms as an object of interest in scholarship, policy, and practice.

Workshop on Personal Health Portfolios: Technology, Usability and Policy
February 8, 2013
Abstract: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has defined the PHR as an “electronic record of health-related information on an individual that conforms to nationally recognized interoperability standards and that can be drawn from multiple sources while being managed, shared, and controlled by the individual” (2008:19). Introducing the term “portfolio,” we seek to broaden the initial conceptualization and explore parallels with similar initiatives in other social contexts.

Conference on Mobile and Location Privacy: A Technology and Policy Dialog
April 13, 2012
Abstract: The age of ubiquitous computing is here. People routinely carry smartphones and other devices capable of recording and transmitting immense quantities of personal information and tracking their every move. Privacy has suffered in this new environment, with new reports every week of vulnerabilities and unintended disclosures of private information. The conference aims to bring together the policy and technology communities to discuss the substantial privacy issues arising from the growth of mobile and location technologies.

Platforms and Power Roundtable
May 6, 2011
Abstract: The Roundtable brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars of privacy, intellectual property, and the digital society to debate and discuss issues revolving around the relationships between technological platforms and their users, with an eye toward the role that law might play in mediating or structuring these relationships. Roundtable Sessions will approach the topic from a variety of angles: Platforms as Fiduciaries (should platform technologies have any duties toward their users?); Platforms as Co-Creators (the role of platforms in the creative activities of their users); Platforms as Regulators (the extent to which platforms should be instruments of regulation of user conduct, either at the behest of government or independently; Platforms as Social Spaces (the effects of technological platforms on social relationships).

Online Hate Speech and Cyber-Harassment Summit
April 12, 2010
Speakers: Ann Bartow, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law - "Actual Misogyny in Virtual Space"
Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, The University of Maryland School of Law - "Law's Expressive Value in Combating Cyber Gender Harassment"
Respondent: Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law

A Workshop on Federal Privacy Legislation
October 2, 2009
Abstract: Experts from academia, industry, government, and public interest advocacy organizations will examine comprehensive federal privacy legislation under consideration by Congress. Panelists will begin the day by reviewing current bills and offering an informed analysis and debate concerning the more controversial issues such as preemption, remedies, access and choice, and safe harbors. The morning will continue with a discussion of whether fair information practices (FIPs) should remain the foundation of privacy legislation or need to be modified or abandoned. The afternoon panels will examine emerging issues such as social networking, collective privacy and behavioral advertising and assess how well any proposed bills address these new concerns. There will also be keynote speeches by top FTC officials and participation in panels by key Congressional staffers. Our aim is to achieve meaningful progress toward a well-rounded understanding of pending legislation and perhaps even to resolve some outstanding issues.

Search Privacy Strategy Roundtable
November 8, 2007
Abstract: To consider the important goals served by logging and storing search query data, such as improving and personalizing services, maximizing advertising effectiveness, improving general search performance and addressing click fraud and security threats. How can this be reconciled with privacy? To consider the growing importance of effective web search for users and related dependence on, and appreciation of, search service providers. At the same time consider potential vulnerabilities and anxieties about these vulnerabilities as user become increasingly aware of the insights third parties gain into their lives based on search. How can consumer trust be maintained, and what effects might self-protective actions by consumers have on the search space? To consider the general environment created by relevant external actors, such as government, on the one hand asserting claims on search information and on the other seeking to protect consumer privacy. To consider ways technical design of web search engines and their business models afford both logging and obfuscating user’s search activities. What design variables may come into play to help alleviate concerns over search privacy?

Identity and Identification in a Networked World: A Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Symposium
September 29-30, 2006
Abstract: Increasingly, who we are is represented by key bits of information scattered throughout the data-intensive, networked world. Online and off, these core identifiers mediate our sense of self, social interactions, movements through space, and access to goods and services. There is much at stake in designing systems of identification and identity management, deciding who or what will be in control of them, and building in adequate protection for our bits of identity permeating the network. This symposium will examine critical and controversial issues surrounding socio-technical systems of identity, identifiability and identification. It will showcase emerging scholarship of graduate students at the cutting edge of humanities, social sciences, artists, systems design & engineering, philosophy, law, and policy to work towards a clearer understanding of these complex problems, and build foundations for future collaborative work. In addition to graduate student panels, a keynote talk will be delivered by Professor Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology at the University of Ottawa.

A Spyware Workshop
March 16-17, 2006
Abstract: A workshop co-sponsored by the Information Law Institute, NYU and Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University where experts from academia, industry, government, and public interest advocacy organizations examine spyware in the broader context of computer security, governance of the information infrastructure, and the rights of individual computer-users in relation to public and commercial institutions with which they interact online.

Colloquium on Information Technology and Society
Spring 2002-Spring 2011