What the Center Does
The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy provides a unique environment where scholars can examine the key drivers of innovation as well as the law and policy that best support innovation. By fostering interdisciplinary and collaborative research on innovation law and policy, the Engelberg Center attracts legal scholars and practitioners, technologists, economists, social scientists, physical scientists, historians, innovators, and industry experts who study, theoretically and empirically, the incentives that motivate innovators, how those incentives vary among different types of creative endeavor, and the laws and policies that help or hinder them. Each semester the Engelberg Center sponsors a series of invitation-only talks by faculty on works in progress.
News & Announcements
Congratulations to Hyunjong (Ryan) Jin (JD Candidate, Class of 2018), who won Second Place in the New York Intellectual Property Law Association's 2018 William C. Conner Writing Competition. Ryan received the award at NYIPLA's Annual Awards Dinner on May 15, 2018, at the Princeton Club in New York City.
The Engelberg Center is co-sponsoring the conference on Limitations on Trademark Rights from Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives to be held at the University of Hong Kong on January 7-8, 2019. If interested in submitting an abstract, please view the Call for Papers.
The Engelberg Center will co-sponsor a Conference on Trade Secrets and Algorithmic Systems on November 16-17, 2018. A cross-disciplinary group of scholars and experts will examine trade secrecy's implications for data-driven decision making. This event is by invitation only. More information to come.
Penobscot Nation Achieves Milestone in Management of Its Traditional Knowledge
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, the University of Maine and the Penobscot Nation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing their agreement on management of the tribe’s cultural heritage at the University. NYU Professor Jane Anderson was instrumental in negotiating the MOU, which calls for, among other things, granting the Penobscot Nation control over research, tangible and intangible collections in the University Library and Museum, and the future publication of Penobscot heritage. The MOU also incorporates the Penobscot TK (Traditional Knowledge) Labels into the University system. Click here to hear a Maine local radio station interview re the background and details of the MOU.
Also thanks to the efforts of Professor Anderson, the Library of Congress has just launched use of TK Labels for the first ethnographic sound recordings ever made with the Passamaquoddy community in 1890. TK Labels help Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities manage their intellectual property and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. These labels teach non-community users of traditional cultural knowledge the significance of this material and community-specific restrictions regarding access and use. More information about TK Labels is available here.
See photos from the "Fireside Chat with Judge Pierre Leval of the Second Circuit."