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2017 Events

DESIGN2 Conference

May 11, 2017

A day-long gathering where innovation and intellectual property scholars presented their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment. The papers for review examined issues on a variety of topics relating to innovation and intellectual property protection in design. The program included keynote talks by design experts Judy Yee (Microsoft) and Michael Bierut (Pentagram). The conference concluded with a paper slam in which authors shared information and invited commentary on their works in early stages of development.


April 7-8, 2017

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law hosted the annual International Intellectual Property Law Roundtable. Members of the Roundtable presented works in progress in a variety of fields, including international trademark law, trade secrecy law, and enforcement, as well as papers at intersection of intellectual property and development, human rights, and trade.


April 4, 2017

If you buy a book at the bookstore, you own it. You can take it home, scribble in the margins, put in on the shelf, lend it to a friend, sell it at a garage sale. But is the same thing true for the ebooks or other digital goods you buy? Retailers and copyright holders argue that you don’t own those purchases, you merely license them. That means your ebook vendor can delete the book from your device without warning or explanation—as Amazon deleted Orwell’s 1984 from the Kindles of surprised readers several years ago. These readers thought they owned their copies of 1984. Until, it turned out, they didn’t. In The End of Ownership, Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz explored how notions of ownership have shifted in the digital marketplace, and make an argument for the benefits of personal property. Of course, ebooks, cloud storage, streaming, and other digital goods offer users convenience and flexibility. But, Perzanowski and Schultz warn, consumers should be aware of the tradeoffs involving user constraints, permanence, and privacy. The rights of private property are clear, but few people manage to read their end user agreements. Perzanowski and Schultz argued that introducing aspects of private property and ownership into the digital marketplace would offer both legal and economic benefits. But, most important, it would affirm our sense of self-direction and autonomy. If we own our purchases, we are free to make whatever lawful use of them we please. Technology need not constrain our freedom; it can also empower us.


March 28, 2017
Peter Menell - Rise of the API Copyright Dead?
Peter Menell - API Copyrightability Bleak House

An entertaining multimedia presentation by Peter S. Menell (UC Berkeley Law, Koret Professor of Law and Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology) concerning the long-running IP litigation between Oracle and Google pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  At issue in Oracle v. Google is whether Oracle can claim a copyright on Java APIs (software) and, if so, whether Google infringes these copyrights.  Christopher Sprigman (NYU School of Law and Engelberg Center Faculty Co-Director) provided commentary.


March 21, 2017
Ayres and Ouellette - A Market Test for Bayh-Dole Patents
Contreras and Sherkow - CRISPR, surrogate licensing, and scientific discovery
CRISPR Licensing Outline

A presentation on the recent litigation between two universities (the MIT- and Harvard-affiliated Broad Institute versus UC Berkeley) concerning their respective patent claims to the gene editing technology CRISPRCas9.  Our expert panelists discussed the CRISPR technology, which was developed via federal research grants, and the patent litigation issues.  In particular, they offered their perspectives on how the recent ruling may affect the short-term strategy of companies seeking to innovate using the CRISPR platform, and the longer-term implications of these universities’ CRISPR licensing strategies for downstream innovation using the CRISPR platform.


  • Professor Lisa Larrimore Ouellette (Stanford Law School)
  • Professor Jacob Sherkow (New York Law School)
  • Bruce Wexler (Partner, Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Practice Group, Paul Hastings) 
  • Abram Goldfinger (Executive Director of the Office of Industrial Liaison at New York University)

2016 Events


December 1, 2016

The 2016 IP Institute, co-hosted by the Engelberg Center and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, brought together leading judges, scholars, business people, and lawyers in the field to discuss developments across a range of intellectual property topics.  Speakers included: The Honorable Raymond T. Chen (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit); The Honorable Paul R. Michel (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) (Retired); The Honorable Leonard P. Stark (U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware); The Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. (U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware) (Retired); The Honorable Faith Hochberg (U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey) (Retired); The Honorable Denise L. Cote (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York); The Honorable Colleen McMahon (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York); Professor Scott Hemphill (NYU School of Law); A Demonstration of IBM Watson (The Platform for Cognitive Business)


Trial by Jury of Patent Cases

September 30, 2016
Judicial Roundtable Stream
Academics Roundtable Stream
Practitioners Roundtable Stream
Update on Rush to Judgment
Patent Jury Trial Statistics

This conference assembled distinguished federal jurists, academics, and practitioners to discuss whether the 7th Amendment guarantees a right to a jury trial in patent cases and to analyze, in a series of presentations and roundtable discussions, current issues and trends in how patent jury trials are conducted.  The Honorable Kathleen O’Malley delivered the keynote addressMark Lemley presented an update to his 2013 paper Rush to Judgment? Trial Length and Outcomes in Patent Cases.  Engelberg Center Student Research Fellow Margaret Diamond discussed data on current trends in patent trials.  The conference was hosted by NYU School of Law’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy and the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

Music Licensing: Innovations for Modern Times

June 17, 2016
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This conference brings together distinguished academics, industry representatives, and policy experts to discuss how the music licensing ecosystem can compensate the right people more transparently, fairly, and efficiently. The conference, which is jointly organized by the Technology Policy Institute and New York University School of Law’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, convened at NYU School of Law in NYC.  

A Copyright Office for the 21st Century

US Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC
March 18, 2016

This conference assembles experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss how to modernize the US Copyright Office to best serve the needs of content creators, distributors, users, and the general public in the digital era.

Speakers include Sandra Aistars, George Mason University School of Law School; Troy Dow, Disney; David Green, Microsoft; Jim Griffin, OneHouse; Garrett Levin, Senate Judiciary Committee; Joseph Liu, Boston College Law School; William Patry, Google; Bill Raduchel, independent director and investor; Arti Rai, Duke University School of Law; Mary Rasenberger, The Authors Guild; Pam Samuelson, UC Berkeley Law School; Matt Schruers, Computer & Communications Industry Association; Jeff Sedlik, Art Center College of Design; and Christopher Sprigman, New York University School of Law.

The conference is jointly organized by the Duke Law School Center for Innovation Policy and the New York University Law School’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy. 

Whose Knowledge Is It Anyway? Innovations in Traditional Knowledge Protection

March 3, 2016

Whose Knowledge Is It Anyway? focuses on the project entitled  Local Contexts and its application from both tribal and institutional perspectives.  Local Contexts, www.localcontexts.org, is an online platform that was developed to address the intellectual property needs of Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples in relation to the extensive collections of cultural heritage materials currently held within museums, archives, libraries and private collections.  This project addresses the unique problem of public domain materials and third party owned content that is divorced from local communities and missing important information about use and circulation. One of the key devices for engaging this curatorial challenge is the suite of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels. Professor Jason Schultz (Professor of Clinical Law) NYU School of Law, moderated the discussion along with panelists Professor Jane Anderson, NYU, James Francis, Sr., Penobscot Nation, and Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, American Folklife Center.

Innovation Clusters

February 26, 2016
Agenda and Speakers
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Innovation experts from industry, government, and academia discuss the rise of successful technology clusters in Silicon Valley, Israel and elsewhere, and whether there's a "special sauce" that others can copy to develop their local regional innovation centers.

The topics for discussion include:

  • What nurtures innovation and what gets in the way
  • What roles do the private sector, universities, and government play
  • How do cultural factors affect the dynamics of cluster development
  • Whether the opportunities for developing innovation clusters have changed over time

Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law: The Judges' Perspective

February 24, 2016

Honorable Pauline Newman and Honorable Timothy B. Dyk, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, field questions from Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, NYU School of Law, and Anne Hassett, Engelberg Center Executive Director, in an exchange of views regarding their perspectives on Supreme Court review of important issues in intellectual property law. Reception to follow.


National Policies on Secondary Pharmaceutical Patents: Their Effectiveness and Implication for Innovation and Access to Medicines

January 23, 2016
List of speakers

Over the past two decades the number of secondary pharmaceutical patents has grown in developed countries, together with concern about the diffusion of this practice to developing countries. Some developing countries have enacted policies restricting their grant on the view that such patents are not sufficiently innovative inventive and can raise prices and create barriers to access to medicines. The conference brings together academics and practitioners to examine (1) the restrictions that exist in developed and developing countries on obtaining and enforcing secondary patents, and their effectiveness; (2) whether and how secondary pharmaceutical patents affect prices and access to medicines, and their impact, if any, on innovation incentives.

Sixth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop

January 15, 2016

The Workshop assembles intellectual property scholars (including professors, fellows, visitors, graduate students, and practitioners) from the tri-state region (broadly defined to include Philadelphia also) to present their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment.

2015 Events

2015 IP Institute

November 19, 2015

This conference, presented jointly by the Engelberg Center and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, assembles thought leaders in the field of IP for a day of discussion focused on cutting-edge issues affecting innovation, intellectual property law and practice, and competition in the domestic and international arenas.  The keynote speaker was The Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Net Neutrality and Beyond

November 16, 2015

A distinguished panel discusses the litigation challenging the FCC's order implementing net neutrality, which is scheduled for oral argument on December 4, 2015, in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The discussion will also consider the impact on Internet businesses if the Court upholds only portions of the order.


  • Michael Cheah, General Counsel, Vimeo
  • Jameson J. Dempsey, Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren
  • Julie Samuels, Executive Director, Engine
  • Chris Sprigman, Professor, NYU School of Law

“1099 economy” Meeting with NY AG office

September 17, 2015

This meeting is an off-the-record conversation about labor and employment issues for NY Tech startups with the NY Attorney General’s Internet bureau.

Testing Whether a Patented Feature Drives Customer Demand

September 10, 2015

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy presents a program on a cutting edge issue in patent litigation damages.

Proving patent infringement damages is more challenging now that Federal Circuit law requires proof that the patented feature drives demand for the accused product. Professor Jacob Jacoby, a renowned expert in the use of surveys in trademark infringement cases, discusses his new survey method designed for use in assessing damages for patent infringement. Following Professor Jacoby’s presentation, Professor Barton Beebe moderates a panel discussion of the survey method and its ramifications.

Our distinguished panel includes:

  • Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, NYU School of Law
  • Paul Bondor, Partner, Desmarais. As lead trial counsel for Boston Scientific in a patent infringement case involving cardiac stents, Mr. Bondor won a $19.5 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Cordis Corporation. Mr. Bondor's litigation experience spans a wide range of industries, including DRAM design, voice-over-IP technology, computer software (including search engine technology, software for the optimization of cellular telephone networks, web-related software, and software for automated control systems), biomedical devices (particularly those related to interventional cardiology), as well as other technologies ranging from battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles to offset printing presses and body armor.
  • Nicholas P. Groombridge, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law. As lead trial counsel for Edwards Lifesciences in a patent dispute involving transcatheter heart valve technology, Mr. Groombridge obtained a verdict of infringement and $394 million damages. His patent litigation experience includes pharmaceuticals, biologics, and a wide range of other technologies, including consumer electronics, specialty chemicals, automotive parts, financial services, medical devices, as well as software and web services.
  • Jacob Jacoby, Merchants' Council Professor in Retail Management and Consumer Behavior, Professor of Marketing at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Jacoby's research has focused on consumer decision making, especially on the impact that external factors (such as advertising and packaging) have on decision making and behavior. Other major research streams have included information overload, consumer comprehension and miscomprehension of advertising communications, perceived product quality, brand loyalty, and developments and research methodology, particularly behavioral simulations. His current research focuses on public policy issues regarding trademark and advertising law (e.g., deceptive advertising). He also designs, has implemented, interprets and testifies regarding consumer surveys conducted for the purpose of being offered as evidence in litigated matters involving intellectual property, particularly trademarks, trade dress, deceptive advertising, and patent features.

ETH/NYU Transatlantic Innovation Scholarship Conference: Design Protection → Design Innovation?

June 10-12, 2015

The Engelberg Center co-hosted with ETH a conference examining how design innovation is influenced by design protection, including whether the nature of design protection differs among industries, whether the various forms of design protection actually provide incentives for firms or individual designers to create new designs, and how the US examination-based design patent system compares with the EU registration-based design protection regime, in terms of use, effectiveness, provision of incentives, and effect on competition. Professor Christopher Sprigman was a co-organizer of the conference. He and Professors Barton Beebe and Jeanne Fromer participated.

IPRs at the PTAB: Should They Be District Court Lite or a Second Bite at the Prosecution Apple?

June 2, 2015

Engelberg Center Executive Director Anne Hassett moderated a panel 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 US District Courts apply in patent litigation or the standards which the USPTO applies in patent prosecution. Panelists included: 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.

Will Fee Shifting Help or Hinder Patent Enforcement?

March 2, 2015

An expert panel discusses the pros and cons of the current legislative proposal n H.R. 9 that the patent litigation loser should pay the winner's attorney's fees and costs. Professor Jason M. Schultz (Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Law) will moderate a discussion on the role of fee shifting as a deterrent to abusive litigation and whether the proposed fee shifting is needed in view of the relaxed standard for exceptional case recovery since the SCOTUS decision inOctane and Highmark. Our distinguished speakers are Eric C. Cohen (Katten Muchin Rosenman), John M. Desmarais (Desmarais), Rochelle C. Dreyfuss (Pauline Newman Professor of Law, NYU Law), Theresa M. Gillis (Mayer Brown), David J. Kappos (Cravath, Swaine & Moore), and John B. Pegram (Fish & Richardson)

Fifth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop

January 9, 2015

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 (broadly defined to include Philadelphia) to present their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment.

2014 Events

2014 IP Institute

December 4, 2014

This conference, presented jointly by the Engelberg Center and Cravath, Swaine & Moore, assembled thought leaders in the field of IP for a day of discussion focused on cutting-edge issues affecting innovation, intellectual property law and practice, and competition in the domestic and international arenas. The keynote speaker was The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, University College London, who presented a European perspective on the US IP system. The various panels examined the issues from the perspectives of industry, the judiciary, academia, and federal and state agencies. Together with the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg (USDNJ) and Micky Minhas, Microsoft Corporation, Professor Dreyfuss participated in a panel discussion on “What Litigators Need to Know About US PTO Post-Grant Processes.” Professor Dreyfuss and David J. Kappos were co-organizers of the IP Institute.

Post-mortem Panel on Authors Guild v. Google Hearing

December 3, 2014

The Authors Guild lawsuits against Google and its library partners (brought separately as Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust) have set much of the stage for how US copyright law impacts efforts to mass digitize book collections. On December 3, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Second Circuit heard argument in the appeal of Authors Guild v. Google, where Judge Denny Chin granted judgment in favor of Google, finding that its book digitizing activities were fair use under Section 107 of the US Copyright Act. This panel focused on the contents of the appeal, including the questions presented, the briefing, the argument, and the implications for any certiorari petition to the Supreme Court. Featured speakers included: Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library; Jeremy Goldman, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz PC, Counsel for the Authors Guild; Joseph Gratz, Durie Tangri (Counsel for Google); Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Professor Jason Schultz, Director, Technology Law & Policy Clinic and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy; and Fred von Lohmann, Legal Director for Copyright, Google. Co-sponsored by the New York Public Library.

IPNY: Google on US Patent Quality

November 20, 2014

Join us for the launch of a new season of the Engelberg Center's IPNY series.

Laura Sheridan, Patent Counsel at Google, will discuss ideas for improving the quality of US patents, focusing both on institutional reforms that could make the PTO better at turning away low-quality patent applications, and changes in the patent law that could also help us reach that goal. The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy faculty will also share their insights.

Laura is Patent Counsel at Google, where she works on patent policy and manages a team focused on patent strategy. As a registered patent attorney, Laura was previously in private practice, where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, IP due diligence, and post-grant practice before the Patent Office. She speaks regularly on patent challenges under the AIA, the patent reform landscape, and defensive strategies against non-practicing entities. Laura studied engineering at Cornell University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School.

This event has been approved for 1 New York CLE credit for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

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Warrant Canary Workshop

November 3, 2014

Discussion of the political, legal, and technological questions raised by the increasing use of “warrant canaries” by technology companies to inform the public about government surveillance.

Empirical IP Research Conference

October 24-25, 2014

The Innovation Law & Policy Empirical Research Initiative launches via a two-day conference that will bring together leaders in the empirical study of intellectual property, as well as other empirical scholars and researchers interested in turning their skills to the study of innovation policy.

The mission of the Empirical IP Research Conference is twofold:

  1. To present compactly the existing body of empirical work in copyright, patent, and other areas of innovation law and policy, to consider where progress has been made toward producing policy-relevant evidence, and, most importantly, identifying the most important policy-relevant questions that are poorly studied.
  2. To launch a discussion of directions and methods for future research via presentation of a select number of state-of-the-art papers. The focus will not be on presenting a large number of papers, but on deep discussion of the problems that motivate the research, methodological challenges, and questions raised by the papers that present immediate research opportunities. Throughout, the focus will be on producing data that is – at least eventually, if not immediately – policy-relevant.

Copyright vs. Creativity: Is Intellectual Property Reserved for the 1%?

September 23, 2014

Coinciding with the US launch of the graphic novel, Ricky Rouse Has a Gun, this panel asked whether copyright has lost one of its principle functions: to protect authors and original ideas. In the digital age, does copyright have a purpose beyond protecting corporations from illegal copying and file sharing? Panelists include Jörg Tittel, Author, Ricky Rouse Has a Gun; Charles Brownstein, Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defence Fund; Professors Christopher Sprigman and Barton Beebe, NYU School of Law.

2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons

September 5-6, 2014

How are knowledge, information, and other shared intellectual resources governed? Building upon the successful 2012 global thematic IASC conference on knowledge commons, this 2nd conference aims to take stock of the latest developments in the interdisciplinary study of knowledge commons. The conference will seek to better understand how knowledge commons work, where they come from, what contributes to their durability and effectiveness, and what undermines them. This year’s program will highlight knowledge commons in the fields of medicine and the environment by devoting special paper tracks and policy sessions to those topics.

Engelberg Center 20th Anniversary Celebration

La Pietra, Florence, Italy
July 7-11, 2014

In honor of the Engelberg Center’s 20th anniversary, faculty co-directors Barton Beebe, Rochelle Dreyfuss, Jeanne Fromer, Jason Schultz, Christopher Sprigman, and Katherine Strandburg joined benefactor and trustee Alfred Engelberg ’65, Dean Trevor Morrison, and others for a celebration at NYU’s La Pietra campus near Florence, Italy. The participants discussed a diverse range of topics, including IP’s role in fashion, patents in the life sciences, software development’s uneasy relationship to IP, and privacy in the age of “big data.”

Medical User Innovation & Medical Knowledge Commons Workshop

May 15-17, 2014

This focused, interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers studying medical and health innovation—from the user innovation and knowledge commons governance approaches—to explore potential synergies between these two groups of researchers, who bring different backgrounds, methodologies, and expertise to these issues. Participants will 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

For the first installment of IPNY, we welcome Richard Mendelson from Dickenson, Peatman & Fogerty, where he chairs DP&F's Wine Industry Group. Richard is an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use, intellectual property, business and administrative law issues. Over the past two decades, Richard has handled legal matters involving almost every aspect of the wine business, including liquor licensing, environmental challenges to vineyard development, grape purchase agreements, winery use permits, representation of winery clients before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, state and federal label approvals, distributor appointments and terminations, and import-export contracts. Richard has a special expertise in geographical indications and has been responsible for obtaining recognition for some of the most well-known American Viticultural Areas. He assisted the California legislature with the drafting of legislation to protect the world-famous Napa Valley geographical indication.

Richard will be joined by Professor Chris Sprigman, Engelberg Center faculty co-director and co-author of The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation, for a lively debate on the role of geographical indications.

50 Years Later: The New York Times v. Sullivan

April 2, 2014

March 9, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the US 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.


  • Judge Robert Sack, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Treatise author, Sack on Defamation (4th edition)
  • Adam Liptak, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent
  • Burt Neuborne, Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties, New York University School of Law; and Founding Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Diane Zimmerman, Samuel Tilden Professor of Law Emerita, NYU School of Law

Innovation Law & Policy Editathon

March 8, 2014
Details about the program

Join us for the inaugural Innovation Law & Policy Edit-a-thon. Co-sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation, this event 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. No previous experience required! The event will kickoff with an overview of how Wikipedia can function as a valuable resource, followed by a quick orientation about getting started on the encyclopedia anyone can edit!

Fourth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop

January 10, 2014


The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy proudly presents the Fourth Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop. The Workshop brings together intellectual property scholars (including professors, fellows, visitors, graduate students, and practitioners) from the tri-state region (broadly defined to include Philadelphia also) to present their works in progress for commentary in a workshop environment.

2013 Events

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference

October 11–13, 2013
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DARC is a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications.

Attendees will take part in a far-ranging exploration of these technologies and see firsthand the latest advancements in aerial robotics. In addition to looking at the cultural impact, legal challenges, and business potential, we’ll also examine specific applications for drones including: agriculture, policing, wildlife conservation, weather, mapping, logistics, and more.


Rob Reid Year Zero Book Talk

April 30, 2013

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

An informal discussion between Judges Timothy Dyk and Pauline Newman. The interchange was lively as both are judges on the US 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

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

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.

2012 and Earlier

Life as a New IP Associate

October 4, 2012

A panel discussion on how to transition from law school to private practice.

Second Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop

January 2012

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.

Convening Cultural Commons

September 23-24, 2011

The purpose of this workshop was 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 was 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 included 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

This workshop brought 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 was 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

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 was 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.

First Annual Tri-State Region IP Workshop

January 2011

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.


User and Open Innovation: How Should Intellectual Property Law Respond?

May 28-29, 2010

The NYU’s Engelberg Center and the UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology co-sponsored 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 brought 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

The Engelberg Center at NYU School of Law and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law [MPI] held 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). Also considered were existing proposals for mandatory limits imposed through international intellectual property law.

Workshop on Trade Secrecy

February 20-21, 2009

A workshop for the authors of the Trade Secrecy book in the hope of making the final volume better integrated and giving the authors the opportunity to benefit from one another’s feedback.

Digital Convergence and Copyright

April 7, 2008

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society of NYU School of Law hosted a symposium on digital convergence and copyright. The Symposium was held under the aegis of Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. The Symposium addressed 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

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

This workshop explored the case for expanding trademark protection beyond its traditional realm, examined its implementation in practice, and considered countervailing considerations.