Perspectives on the PTAB: The New Role of the Administrative State in the Innovation Economy (GMU Law)

Perspectives on the PTAB: The New Role of the Administrative State in the Innovation Economy

November 9, 2017, 9:30am–5pm
Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Basic Information


Co-sponsored by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and the Center for the Study of the Administrative State (CSAS) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, this conference will investigate and assess the role of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) as it has impacted patent law and innovation policy.

The PTAB, a new administrative tribunal charged with reviewing the validity of issued patents, has raised a host of administrative and constitutional issues. These issues are relatively new for lawyers and scholars working in patent law. They are not, however, new for specialists in administrative law who have long examined them in the context of other federal agencies.

The goal of this conference is to bring these two groups together so that they can learn from each other and promote a better understanding of how to work in this new legal and policy environment. The conference will feature paper presentations by both patent law scholars and administrative law scholars. It will also feature a “lawyers’ perspectives” panel over lunch, where experienced practitioners will discuss their experience and views of the PTAB.

Program and Confirmed Speakers

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Registration

10:00 – 10:15 AM: Opening Remarks

10:15 – 11:45 AM: Panel 1

11:45 AM – 1:45 PM: Lunch & Panel Discussion: A Lawyers’ Perspective on the PTAB

  • David BoundyPartner, Cambridge Technology Law
  • Laurie SelfVice President and Counsel, Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Rob SterneFounding Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • Moderator: Prof. Adam Mossoff, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, Founder, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

1:45 – 3:15 PM: Panel 2

  • Paper Presenter 1:
    Prof. Michael S. Greve, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Commentator 1:
    Prof. Arti K. Rai, Duke University School of Law
  • Paper Presenter 2:
    Prof. Emily S. Bremer, University of Wyoming College of Law
  • Commentator 2:
    Prof. Adam White, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Moderator: Dr. David LundJohn F. Witherspoon Legal Fellow, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

3:15 – 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM: Panel 3

  • Paper Presenter 1:
    Prof. John F. Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Commentator 1:
    Prof. Renée Lettow Lerner, George Washington University Law School
  • Paper Presenter 2:
    Prof. Gary S. Lawson, Boston University School of Law
  • Commentator 2:
    Prof. Greg Reilly, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Moderator: Kevin MadiganLegal Fellow, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property

5:00 PM: Adjourn

Competition and IP: Teeing Up the Issues Facing Congress and the Administration (Technology Policy Institute)

Competition and Intellectual Property: Teeing Up the Issues Facing Congress and the Administration

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 12:00–3pm EST
Organized by the Technology Policy Institute
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Murrow/White/Lisagor Rooms
Washington, DC 20045

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About the Event

Competition and IP together comprise perhaps the most crucial aspects of policy affecting incentives to innovate, which are key to economic growth and well-being. Congress and the Administration face several challenges whose outcomes are likely to affect innovation incentives for some time to come. This conference will focus on two of these.

The first involves potential new patent legislation. There are conflicting views about the effects of past patent legislation, court decisions, and reforms at the U.S. Patent Office and whether additional Congressional action is needed and, if so, what that legislation should include. The second involves controversial policies regarding standard setting organizations and the licensing of standard-related intellectual property adopted by the Antitrust Division during the last administration. Will Congress and the Administration focus on new legislation and will they change the approach to standards-setting and licensing set by the previous administration? This conference will explore these issues.


Panel 1 – Patent Reform: What Needs Changing?

  • Tina Chappell, Associate General Counsel and Global Director of Intellectual Property Policy, Intel Corp.
  • Tyler Grimm, Legislative Director, Darrell Issa, Representative, California
  • Paul Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (retired)
  • Jamie Simpson, Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee

Panel 2 – Standard Setting and IP: Competition Policy Considerations

  • Andrew Finch, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice
  • Tad Lipsky, Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
  • Greg Sidak, Chairman, Criterion Economics

Additional speakers will be announced soon.



Ashley Benjamin
Technology Policy Institute

Algorithmic Bias and STEM Careers (Technology Policy Institute)

Algorithmic Bias and STEM Careers

Monday, November 13, 2017, 12:00–1:30pm EST
Technology Policy Institute
409 12th Street SW
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20024

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About the Talk

Companies in STEM fields are creating gender-neutral job advertisements to cultivate diverse applicant pools…but it doesn’t seem to be working. Is it enough to create an advertisement and send it off into the world, or should companies be more thoughtful in how and where they place it? Lambrecht and Tucker examine how commonplace advertising techniques may be inadvertently biasing applicant pools for coveted – and overwhelmingly male – STEM jobs.

Please join the Technology Policy Institute as Catherine Tucker, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management Science and Professor of Marketing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents her paper “Algorithmic Bias? An Empirical Study into Apparent Gender-Based Discrimination in the Display of STEM Career Ads.”

A discussion with Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics Decision, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland will follow.


Ashley Benjamin
Technology Policy Institute

Content Moderation & Removal at Scale (Santa Clara Law)

Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

February 2, 2018, 8:40am–6pm
Santa Clara Law School
High Tech Law Institute
Mission Room, Benson Center
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Basic Information


This conference will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard and expensive. This conference will explain the operational challenges and how companies are trying to solve them.

Tentative Speakers and Schedule

***everything is subject to change***

8:40 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:10 am Welcome and Introduction
9:30 am Legal Overview
Eric Goldman, Santa Clara Law
Daphne Keller, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School
10:00 am Overview of Each Company’s Operations
Each company will describe their content moderation and removal operations, such as org charts, department names and job titles, headcount, who determines the policies, escalation paths, and “best practice” tips.Automattic: Paul Sieminski, General Counsel
Dropbox: Ted Dean, Head of Public Policy
Facebook: Monika Bickert, VP Consumer Operations
Google: Nora Puckett, Senior Litigation Counsel
Medium: Alex Feerst, General Counsel and head of Trust & Safety
Pinterest: Adelin Cai, Policy Team
Reddit: Jessica Ashooh, Director of Policy
Wikimedia: Jan Gerlach, Public Policy Manager
Yelp: Aaron Schur, Senior Director of Legal[we will take a brief break between the Facebook and Google speakers]
12:15 pm LunchLunchtime panel: The History and Future of Content Moderation featuring Charlotte Willner and Nicole Wong.
Moderator: Kate Klonick, Yale Law School (PhD).
1:20 pm Session A: Employee/Contractor Hiring, Training and Mental Well-being
Panelists: Alex Feerst (Medium)
David Watkis (Automattic)
Charlotte Willner (Pinterest)
Moderator: TBA
2:20 pm Session B: Humans vs. Machines
Panelists: Monika Bickert (Facebook)
Jan Gerlach (Wikimedia)
Aaron Schur (Yelp)
Moderator: Tarleton Gillespie
3:15 pm Break
3:35 pm Session C: In-sourcing to Employees vs. Outsourcing to the Community or Vendors
Panelists: Jacob Rogers (Wikimedia)
Aaron Schur (Yelp)
Charlotte Willner (Pinterest)
Moderator: TBA
4:35 pm Session D: Transparency and Appeals
Panelists: Alex Feerst (Medium)
Colin Sullivan (Patreon)
Other panelists will be announced.
Moderator: TBA
5:30 pm Closing Remarks
5:45 pm Reception

Marketing (Non-Financial) Co-Sponsors

  • CCIA
  • Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School
  • Engine
  • Internet Association
  • Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
  • New America’s Open Technology Institute
  • Niskanen Center
  • The Takedown Project
  • TechNYC

Eighth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress (New York Law School)

Eighth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress

Saturday, March 24, 2018
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY

Basic Information


The Eighth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference series, co-sponsored by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law, was created for Internet law scholars to receive feedback on their papers and projects from their peers. It is an exciting, informal gathering where we work together to advance scholarship in our field. We also have a lot fun!

The conference takes a broad view of the topics that fit under the Internet Law umbrella. So, we encourage you to join this growing group of scholars, practitioners, technologists, and social scientists at New York Law School’s campus in TriBeCa.

There are three categories of participation:

  1. Papers-in-Progress: This track is for paper drafts sufficiently advanced to share with event attendees. We allocate extra speaking time to these presentations. Papers will be due in the middle of February 2018.
  2. Projects-in-Progress: This track is for research projects without a paper draft, covering anything from nearly finished papers to new ideas.
  3. Discussant: Space permitting, we welcome you to join the conversation as an active audience participant.

How to Participate

If you would like to join us in New York City in March, please complete this form byNovember 22, 2017 at 5pm Eastern.

We expect to notify accepted participants in early December. Submissions received after the deadline will be evaluated on a space-available basis.

There is no event participation fee. All participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Information about travel and lodging will be provided to all participants. There is no publication obligation associated with presenting at the conference.

Bring Friends

If you know someone who would be interested in joining us, but may not have received this email—namely, is not on our email list or has never attended the conference before—please reach out to Joseph Forgione, Associate Director of the Innovation Center, at, to add that friend’s name to the list. Please also forward this email to all those you think would be interested.

More Information

The initial conference website is up and will be updated regularly with new information. You may also contact Joseph Forgione at with any questions.

CFP: Eleventh Annual Searle Northwestern Conference on Innovation Economics (June 21–22, 2018)

Call for Papers: Eleventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics

June 21–22, 2018
Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Matthew L. Spitzer, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

Basic Information


The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Eleventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics. The conference will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL.  The conference will run from approximately 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 22, 2018.

The USPTO intends to co-sponsor this conference in conjunction with the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth.

The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber. The papers for this conference will be selected by a scientific committee that includes Justus Baron and Pere Arqué-Castells.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP), technology standards, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

For information on previous conferences please see:

The conference welcomes both empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by researchers in economics and law, and there will be discussants for the papers. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

Topics of interest include:

  • Antitrust and Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Technology Standards
  • Standard Setting Organizations
  • Standard Essential Patents
  • Patent Licensing and technology transfers
  • Incentives for Invention and R&D
  • Incentives for Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financing invention and innovation
  • Venture capital
  • International innovation
  • Intellectual Property (IP) rights and public policy

Please note the following:

  • Complete papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address:
  • Abstracts, incomplete papers, or proposals will not be accepted. The papers should not be either published or forthcoming.
  • The submitting author should be the one who intends to present the paper here in Chicago.
  • Authors of each accepted paper will receive an allotted speaker fee of $1,000 per paper, regardless of the number of authors. If more than one author attends the conference, the honorarium or travel reimbursement can be divided equally between the attending authors.
  • Due to potential funding sources for this event, the Searle Center reserves the right to structure the payment as either a speaker fee or a travel expense reimbursement up to the agreed upon amount.
  • The Searle Center will also reserve and pay for hotel accommodations for attending authors and discussants for the nights of Wednesday, June 20, 2018 and Thursday, June 21, 2018. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference.

Review Procedure and Timeline


Conference Papers Submission:  Papers for the conference should be submitted to by February 5, 2018

Notification:  Authors will be notified of decisions on or around March 21, 2018

Papers prepared for the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website:

About JEMS

Independent of the conference, the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS) continues to publish high-quality work in the area of innovation economics.  JEMS welcomes both empirical and theoretical contributions. Submissions to JEMS are subject to the standard peer-review process.  To submit a manuscript to JEMS, visit ScholarOne at  To learn more, visit the journal website:  If you have any questions about JEMS, contact the journal editorial assistant by e-mail: Karen Elterman <>

About the Searle Center

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth.  Information on the Searle Center’s activities may be found at:

PIJIP Lecture: NAFTA and the Digital Environment

NAFTA and the Digital Environment: Distinguished Lecture and Networking Reception

October 30, 2017, 5pm
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave. NW
Capital Building – Weinstein Courtroom (C116)
Washington, DC 20016

Basic Information


5:00 Opening Reception and Registration
6:00 Program
7:30 Dinner Reception

Professor Michael Geist
Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

The intellectual property and new digital trade chapters of the North American Free Trade Agreement are emerging as among the most contentious aspects of the NAFTA renegotiation.  For decades, consumers, advocates and technology companies have been stuck in a defensive posture, criticizing more restrictive trade provisions and efforts to impose domestic reforms through trade negotiations. In recent years, however, these groups have been increasingly effective at promoting a positive agenda, including obligations to promote copyright “balance” and protect user rights that underpin the Internet ecosystem.

University of Ottawa Law Professor and leading trade commentator Michael Geist will examine what a positive, balanced agenda for the digital environment looks like in NAFTA and how it can be achieved.

Call for Proposals to Host WIPIP 2019

The Organizing Board for the Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property (WIPIP) Colloquium seeks proposals from law schools interested in hosting WIPIP 2019. The WIPIP Colloquium will be held in early 2019 with the specific date determined by the school selected to host.

If you’d like to submit a proposal, please visit the links below this email for more information.

Proposals to host WIPIP 2019 should be sent to me ( no later than Friday, December 1, 2017. The Board will make its decision later in December.

Don’t forget that WIPIP 2018 will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday and Saturday, February 16–17, 2018. You can submit an abstract for the 2018 conference at We hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Paul Gugliuzza, on behalf of the WIPIP Organizing Board (Aaron Perzanowski, Zahr Said, Bob Brauneis, and Brian Love)

A short memo explaining what information to include in the proposal:

Historical information about WIPIP and its prior hosts (clicking on the school names will, in some cases, take you to logistical information and conference schedules from prior years):

CFP: 2018 Works-in-Progress IP Colloquium

CFP: 2018 Works-in-Progress IP Colloquium

February 16–17, 2018
Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Basic Information


Join us for the 15th annual WIPIP Colloquium hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. This is one of the largest academic conferences on intellectual property law, bringing together scholars from the United States and around the world. The colloquium provides scholars with a forum to present works-in-progress and to receive early feedback from colleagues.

Accepted abstracts will be posted to the conference website. Non-presenting attendees are also welcome to register subject to space.

CFP: PatCon 8, The Annual Patent Conference

Call for Papers:  PatCon 8, The Annual Patent Conference

March 2–3, 2018
University of San Diego School of Law
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:  forthcoming
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:  Friday, December 15, 2017
    Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to
  • Notification of Acceptance:  Friday, December 22, 2018
  • Final Abstracts Due:  Friday, February 23, 2018
    (If you have a full paper and/or powerpoint you would be willing to post, we would appreciate them as well for CLE purposes—but they are not required.)


The Patent Conference (“PatCon”) is an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from the fields of law, economics, business, public health, history & philosophy of science, engineering, and other disciplines can share their research. In addition, PatCon stands out in its commitment to including judges, USPTO personnel, and members of industry in order to encourage applications of scholarship in the wider world.

The Patent Conference is a cooperative effort among Boston College Law School (David Olson), the University of Kansas School of Law (Andrew Torrance), Northwestern University School of Law (David Schwartz), and the University of San Diego School of Law (Ted Sichelman).

Feel free to contact Ted Sichelman with any questions at We hope to see you at PatCon 8!