Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society


We aim to schedule a variety of educational and networking events to appeal to our membership and the NYU Law community. Please see below for the complete calendar of events for the upcoming semester. Join the IPELS listserv through NYU Home or our Facebook page for updates and invitations.

2014-2015 Events

The Innovation Policy Colloquium is meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4-6 pm in VH 202

Carliss Baldwin, from Harvard Business School, will be talking about Modularity and Intellectual Property Protection. For more information and a copy of Professor Baldwin's paper go to
Patent events
Monday, March 2 at 6:30pm in Greenberg: 
Will Fee Shifting Help or Hinder Patent Enforcement?
Please join us for a roundtable discussion of 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 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 in Octane and Highmark
Our speakers are Eric C. Cohen (Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), John M. Desmarais (Desmarais LLP), Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, Theresa M. Gillis (Mayer Brown LLP), David J. Kappos (Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP), and John B. Pegram (Fish & Richardson). A reception will follow at 7:45 PM.
Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm: Open Patent Licensing for Fun and Profit
A traditional patent license involves a payment for permission to use a new technology. But a series of new licensing models are bringing the power of open innovation into the patent arena. Can these new licenses help improve the patent system or win the patent wars? Will they incentivize R&D and attract top engineering talent? Will they stand up in court? Can they curb abusive patent litigation?
Our panel will discuss the evolution of technology licensing through the lens of the Defensive Patent License, Twitter’s Innovator's Patent Agreement, License on Transfer, and more.
Panelists include Prof. Jason Schultz, Andrea Casillas (Director of Linux Defenders, Open Invention Network), Kevin Prey (Direct at License on Transfer Network, IP Counsel for SAP, SAP, LOT Member), Brian Chase (General Counsel, Foursquare), and Michael Kasdan (NYU Law grad and adjunct professor, Partner at Wiggin and Dana)
Friday, March 6 at 2pm in FH 324: Patent Law Reading Group 
Chris Morten is planning to present on a Federal Circuit decision from June 2014, BMS v. Teva, and talk about reshaping the law of obviousness.Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to for a copy of the reading materials and to give us a headcount for food.
No prerequisites - open to everyone!

Upcoming events

Cyber law committee is planning an event on March 10th
We're waiting for Elonis to come down (yeah, the one with angry rap lyrics on his ex-wife's facebook page), but I'm willing to bet that what you say on the internet can and will be used against you
Careers in IP Event- April 2nd 

IPELS and JIPEL invite everyone to our IP careers event - 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs welcome. 

and more!


Past Events


Patent Committee Events


  • IPNY Event with Laura Sheridan

    Laura Sheridan, Patent Counsel at Google, will be discussing ideas for improving the quality of U.S. 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.

    Thursday, November 20, 2015

  • Patent Spotlight: Collaboration in Action at Morrison & Foerster (no scientific background necesssary!) Wednesday 10/29

    • Come join us to hear about this collaboration in action from two partners who have worked together on high profile patent litigation cases at Morrison & Foerster:  Rich Hung, deputy chair of the IP Litigation Practice, and Peter Yim, head of the Electronics, Software & Telecommunications Patent Prosecution Group.  Mr. Hung and Mr. Yim will discuss their paths to their respective practices and how they work together to bring successful results for their clients.


Cyberlaw Committee Events


  • Wednesday 11/12 at 5pm - Revenge Porn and the Celebrity Photo Hacks: Can A Legal Response Balance Privacy and Free Speech?

    • The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society presents a panel on the legal and ethical issues surrounding revenge porn and the recent celebrity photo hacks.  Speakers representing several viewpoints will discuss what - if any - legal remedies exist and how those remedies may protect or inhibit the First and Fourth Amendments.  

    • This event is co-sponsored by Law Women and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project.

    • Panelists include:

      • Carrie Goldberg, who litigates on behalf of victims of revenge porn

      • Amanda Levendowski '14, who works at Cooley and whose student note advocated copyright as a way to combat revenge porn
      • Kelly Lum, who works as a security engineer at Tumblr
      • Amanda Marcotte, an award-winning journalist and blogger who writes about feminism and politics
  • Monday 10/27 from 12:30-1:50 in FH 120   Book release lunch “Civil Disobedience and the Internet” with Molly Sauter @OddLetters

Sports Committee Events


  • Monday 10/27 from 6-8pm in Furman 326 — Q&A with Mets GM Sandy Alderson, Harvard Law ‘76


  • Wednesday, 10/29 at 12:25pm Milbank Tweed Forum with Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins “How to Become a Real Estate Mogul, NFL Team Owner and Philanthropic Leader”

  • Monday 11/3 from 12-1:30 in Vanderbilt 201 — Lunch w/ Jonathan Amoona of Winston & Strawn LLP, Georgetown Law ‘09



IPELS is co-sponsoring the JIPEL Symposium "Innovation without Regulation: How Necessary is Intellectual Property Protection?"


The symposium will take place November 21, 2014 from 9 am to 12:30 pm in Vanderbilt Hall.


The half-day symposium will consist of two panels made up of professors, practitioners and industry insiders from the comedy, open source software, food and fashion industries. This will be followed by a research presentation highlighting some of the overarching themes and viewpoints espoused by innovators in general.


The purpose of the symposium is to address the underlying policy concerns supporting intellectual property regulation in light of varying industry norms and market forces suggesting that such regulation may not be the only source of protection. By establishing a wide-ranging board of presenters, we hope to provide varying perspectives on the application of intellectual property theories in various creative fields. Our panelists include academics Professors Christopher Sprigman, Jason Schultz, and Jessica Silbey; active practitioners Barbara Kolsun, General Counsel at Stuart Weitzman, Lee Sporn, General Counsel at Michael Kors, Orin Snyder, partner at Gibson Dunn, and Charles Valauskas, partner at Valauskas Corder LLC; and creative professionals including comedian Jim Mendrinos, MIT Technology Licensing Officer Daniel Dardani, fashion designer Brandon Sun, and Chef Rebecca Charles. The symposium will specifically focus on these fields as they are either attempting to gain protection under Intellectual Property regulation or operate outside of regulatory protection.


This event has been approved for 3 New York CLE credits for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.


To RSVP, or for more info, visit

Copyright Events
Post-mortem panel on Authors Guild v. Google hearing
Wednesday, December 3, 2014  from  4-6 pm
Vanderbilt Hall 206, 40 Washington Square South
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 U.S. copyright law impacts efforts to mass digitize book collections. On December 3, 2014 at 2 p.m., the Second Circuit will hear 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 U.S. Copyright Act.
The panel will commerce after the hearing concludes, starting at approximately 4 p.m. (or, if the hearing runs late, as soon as the participants are able to arrive) and focus 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 include: 
  • Professor Jason Schultz, Director, Technology Law & Policy Clinic and Co-Director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy; 
  • Jeremy Goldman, Counsel for the Authors Guild in Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, 755 F.3d 87 (2d Cir. 2014); 
  • Fred von Lohmann, Legal Director for Copyright, Google;
  • Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; 
  • Joseph Gratz, Durie Tangrie LLP (Counsel for Google); 
  • Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library.

This event is open to the academic public.

Earlier events

  • Lunch with Proskauer Attorney & 'Mean Girls' Actor Wai Choy
  • Bitcoin: Digital Currencies, Business and the Law
  • The NCAA Enforcement Process: A Critical Discussion
  • Sports Law Roundtable Discussion
  • Internet and Information Law Panel "Breaking into the Law: Hacking and the Rise of Cyberwarfare"
  • Third Annual Sports Law Colloquium

    The Sports Law Committee invites you to attend a day-long symposium to discuss some of the premiere legal questions in sports today. 
    The program will feature three panels. The first panel will examine the ethics of the Alex Rodriguez case. Here, we will explore the facts of the matter as well as the ethical implications of all of the parties involved, including Alex Rodriguez, other MLB players, Major League Baseball as well as the New York Yankees. The second panel involves a discussion of television sponsorship deals; given the current explosion in television deals, and the impact that this has on teams and leagues, a proper understanding of this market is vital to understand the direction of modern athletics. Finally, the third panel will explore the future of collegiate sports given the recent antitrust litigation and arguments over pay for student athletes.
    The first panel will include Robert Boland, Academic Chair of Sport Management, NYU; Wayne McDonnell, Clinical Associate Professor of Sports Management, NYU; Michael O'Keefe, New York Daily News; Eugene Orza, Former Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball Players Association; and will be moderated by Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio.
    The second panel will include Tiki Barber, Television and Radio Personality and Retired NFL Running Back; Robert Boland, Academic Chair of Sports Management, NYU; Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College; Craig Esherick, Professor of Sport Management, George Mason University; Len DeLuca, President, Len DeLuca and Associates; Charles Grantham, Former Director, National Basketball Players Association; Donald McPherson, NCAA Football Analyst and Member of the College Football Hall of Fame; and will be moderated by Dana Jacobson, Television and Radio Anchor.
    The third panel will include John Maguire, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, NY Giants; Joe Nahra, Legal and Business Affairs Executive, CAA Sports; Christina Song, Vice President of Legal and Buisness Affairs, Madison Square Garden; and Michael Verille, Senior Associate, GlideSlope.
    Michael Hausfeld, Chairman, LLP will provide the Keynote.
    The program is open to NYU students, practicing attorneys (who can receive CLE credit), and the general public. Program details and registration are available here. Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to register in advance via the registration page.