Innovation Policy Colloquium


Professors Barton Beebe and Jeanne Fromer
Spring 2019
Wednesdays, 2:10-4:00 pm, Furman Hall, Room 326
Thursdays, 4:00-5:50 pm, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

3 credits

The Colloquium on Innovation Policy focuses each year on different aspects of the law’s role in promoting creativity, invention, and new technology.

This year, we will examine all of the intellectual property law you need to know but that is not usually covered in your other courses. In particular, we will study alternative forms of intellectual property, including trade secret law, the right of publicity, design protection, data protection, geographical indications, protection of traditional knowledge, and other alternatives or supplements to patent, copyright, and trademark laws, such as government grants. We will begin with theories of intellectual property law, including the reasons for granting and limiting exclusive rights in information. We will then consider whether and how these theories justify alternative forms of intellectual property. We will explore both the contours and boundaries of these frontier forms of intellectual property and their intersection with patent, copyright, and trademark, the now traditional forms of intellectual property.

The Colloquium has two components. In one, leading thinkers are invited to present recent work. In the other, we read background materials relevant to each speaker's presentation. The Colloquium also provides each student with the opportunity to write and present an independent research paper.

Spring 2019 Schedule of Presenters

Thursday, JANUARY 17
Nicholson Price,
University of Michigan Law School

Thursday, JANUARY 31
Mark McKenna,
Notre Dame Law School
Unfair Disruption (with Mark Lemley)

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 20
Graeme Dinwoodie,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Non-Traditional Marks in Europe: Conceptual Lessons From Their Apparent Demise?

Thursday, FEBRUARY 28
Jane Anderson,
NYU Department of Anthropology and Program for Museum Studies
From Creative Commons to Local Contexts and the Traditional Knowledge Labels

Thursday, MARCH 7
Joseph Fishman,
Vanderbilt Law School
Deepa Varadarajan, Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Similar Secrets

Thursday, MARCH 14
William McGeveran,
University of Minnesota Law School

Thursday, MARCH 28
Amy Adler
, NYU School of Law
Authenticity and Attribution in the Art Market

Thursday, APRIL 4
Katherine Strandburg,
NYU School of Law
Yafit Lev-Aretz, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business
Better Together: Privacy Regulation and Innovation Policy

Wednesday, APRIL 10
Dev Gangjee,
University of Oxford, Faculty of Law
Timeless Signs or Signs of the Times? Tradition, Innovation and Geographical Indications

Pending approval, 2 New York CLE credits in the Area of Professional Practice will be given to both experienced and newly attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for less than two years) and is presented in traditional (in person) format.

Questions about the Colloquium should be addressed to Nicole Arzt at or (212) 998-6013.