CFP: Sixth Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property (USPTO/Northwestern/Cardozo)

Call for Papers: 2019 Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property

Friday–Saturday, April 12–13, 2019
United States Patent and Trademark Office
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property. Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office are negotiating an agreement to co-host the event. The roundtable will take place in at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on April 12-13, 2019.

The roundtable is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.

The roundtable will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project presenter will be expected to circulate a description of the project of no more than 10 pages by March 22. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.

We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and law. Domestic travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.

Applications are due by February 12, 2019. We will notify applicants by March 1, 2019.

To apply to present at the workshop, please email with the following information:

  • Name
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Title of Project
  • Description of Project (<750 words) including the issues to be addressed and the empirical methods to be employed.
  • Acknowledgement that the project will not have reached data collection by the time of the workshop.

Conference Organizers

CFP: 17th Annual Information Ethics Roundtable (Northeastern Law)

17th Annual Information Ethics Roundtable
Justice and Fairness in Data Use and Machine Learning

Friday–Sunday, April 5–7, 2019
Northeastern University
909 Renaissance Park
Boston, MA



The 17th annual Information Ethics Roundtable will explore the relationship between the normative notions of justice and fairness and current practices of data use and machine learning.

Artificial intelligence is now a part of our everyday lives. It allows us to easily get to a place we have never been before, while avoiding traffic and road work, to communicate with our Chinese friend when we don’t share a common language, and to carry out complex but mind numbing repetitive jobs in factories. But such artificial intelligences can also exhibit what we might call “artificial bias;” that is, machine behavior that, if produced by a person, we would say is biased against particular groups, such as racial minorities. Machine learning using large data sets is one means of achieving AI that is particularly vulnerable to producing biased systems, because it uses data from human behavior that is itself biased. A number of tech companies, such as Google and IBM, and computer science researchers are currently seeking ways to correct for such biases and to produce “fair” algorithms. But a number of fundamental questions about bias, fairness, and even justice still need to be answered if we are to solve this problem. (See below for some examples.)

In the 2019 edition of IER, we seek proposals that approach these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives through the lens of information ethics.

Registration is free and the conference is open to the public. Thus, we invite you to attend, regardless of whether or not you are formally workshopping or discussing a paper.


Suggested Topics:

  • What concepts of fairness and justice in philosophy and other disciplines are most useful for understanding fairness, equality, and justice in data use and machine learning?
  • To what extent is it possible to operationalize (or computationalize) different conceptions of fairness and justice within different machine learning techniques?
  • Should machine learning based decision-making systems be held to a higher or different standard of fairness and justice before being implemented in industry (e.g. lending) or social services (e.g. child protective services) in comparison to currently accepted practices?
  • What is the role of data scientists and computer programmers in correcting for bias? How can machine learning be used in this role?
  • Not all biases are problematic; indeed, some are very helpful. What sorts of bias are unjust and why?
  • What can modern day programmers of “classifications” learn about avoiding bias from the experience of other disciplines devoted to classification, such as librarianship?
  • What can normative research in other areas – for example, with respect to police profiling or immigration/refugee screening – teach us about when or under what conditions profiling with machine learning is acceptable?
  • What is the relationship between explainability/interpretability in machine learning decision-making and the just use of machine learning in different contexts?

Proposal Requirements

We invite three types of proposals:

  1. Papers: Please submit a 500-word abstract of your paper. If accepted, you are expected to submit a detailed outline of your talk to the Roundtable. This will give your commentator a chance to prepare his/her comments in advance.
  2. Panels: Please submit a 1500-word description of your panel. The description should include: i) description of the topic, ii) biographies of the panel members, ii) organization of the panel. It is a requirement that panels focus tightly on a specific emergent topic, technology, phenomena, policy, or the like, with clear connections between the presentations.
  3. Posters (for undergraduate and graduate students only): Please submit a 500-word abstract of your poster and an outline of the major sections.


We are also interested in receiving expressions of interest to serve as a commenter/discussant for another person’s paper. Each author with an accepted proposal will be paired with a commenter who will provide formal feedback and comments during the conference. Expressions of interest should be sent to Katie Molongoski at by March 10, 2019.


  • Northeastern Ethics Institute
  • Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Northeastern Humanities Center
  • CLIC at Northeastern Law (Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity)


2019 Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium—Governing Machines: Defining and Enforcing Policy Values in AI Systems

2019 Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium
Governing Machines: Defining and Enforcing Policy Values in AI Systems

Friday, April 5, 2019
International House
University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA



This symposium will convene scholars and practitioners from law, policy, ethics, computer science, medicine, and social science to consider how best to integrate machines into legal and social systems. It will consider what roles we will allow machines to play and how to govern them in support of public policy goals.

Keynote: Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner

Papers will be presented by:

  • Karen Levy
  • Pilar Ossorio
  • Ryan Calo
  • Amit Elazari
  • Meg Leta Jones
  • Deirdre Mulligan

2019 Public Domain Day (Suffolk Law)

2019 Public Domain Day Conference

January 31, 2019, 9:30 AM–5:00 PM
Suffolk University
Sargent Hall
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108



In January 2019, for the first time since the passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act in 1998, works will enter the public domain in the United States due to the expiration of the copyright term. This event celebrates the legal and public policy rational behind the public domain law as well as the creative works of those individual whose works enters the public domain.

Please join us to celebrate the works of creatives including Virginia Woolf, Charlie Chaplin, Man Ray, Hemingway and many others. Our series of speakers includes Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham, of The Hours; public domain advocate and pioneer Professor Lawrence Lessig; Dan Kamin – the mime and trainer who worked with Robert Downey Jr. to prepare for his role in the film Chaplin, and with Johnny Depp for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean and Benny & Joon – and much more!

Call for Abstracts: Seventh Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS) (Arizona State Law)

Call for Abstracts: Seventh Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS)

May 22–24, 2019
Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Arizona State University
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004



The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, internet of things (IoT), blockchain and much, much more!

The co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations.  Submitter of abstracts need not provide a written paper, although provision will be made for posting and possible post-conference publication of papers for those who are interested.

Abstracts are invited for any aspect or topic relating to the governance of emerging technologies, including any of the technologies listed above.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must contain your name and email address.

Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2019 to be considered.

The sponsors will pay for the conference registration (including all conference meals and events) for one presenter for each accepted abstract. In addition, we will have limited funds available for travel subsidies (application included in submission form).

CFP: Second Annual Intellectual Property Redux Conference (UNH Law)

Call for Papers: Second Annual Intellectual Property Redux Conference (UNH Law)

April 12–13, 2019
University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH



Any intellectual property scholar who has published a significant work of intellectual property law scholarship three or more years ago in a law review is invited to revisit this article at the Intellectual Property Scholarship Redux Conference!  Pick a scholarly work you are very proud of, and convince conference participants that you were prescient!  Or choose one you wish you’d written differently, and explain to conference participants where you went wrong.  Did your piece get cited a lot? Were those citations positive? What response did the article get from law professor colleagues, and why?  Have circumstances changed since your original publication that alters the way you analyze the problem? Did a judge “borrow” your analysis?  We think this will be a really interesting conference.  Last year’s Redux Conference certainly was! Help us make this year’s iteration even better.

We also invite you to submit a related short essay (10,000 words maximum) for publication consideration by IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center For Intellectual Property.  We will need an edit-ready draft by June 15, 2019.   Preference will be given to presentation proposals that include a related essay, which gives participating legal scholars a great opportunity to cite themselves repeatedly without shame!

 The deadline for submitting Presentation Proposals is January 16, 2019.  Selected Proposals will be announced shortly thereafter.

All proposals to present (and any questions you have) should be emailed to and copied to

Reimbursement of reasonable travel and lodging expenses is available for intellectual property law scholars whose presentation proposals are accepted.  And we always have great food at our conferences!  We look forward to welcoming you to the University of New Hampshire School of Law in beautiful Concord, New Hampshire in April!

TPI Event—Privacy: What is The Way Forward? (Technology Policy Institute)

Privacy: What is The Way Forward?

Wednesday January 16, 2019, 12:00–1:30 PM
Technology Policy Institute
National Press Club, MWL Rooms
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washingon, DC 20045



New privacy regulations in Europe and California, combined with well-publicized data breaches, are fueling an intense debate about the U.S. approach to consumer privacy. The ongoing Federal Trade Commission hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century prominently feature privacy. The Department of Commerce is engaged in a proceeding to develop privacy policy for the Administration. Companies and privacy advocates are increasingly united in favor of some form of federal privacy legislation. Despite disagreement on the details, the U.S. seems closer to a federal privacy law than it has been for a long time.

To discuss these issues, TPI has assembled a group of experts for a lunch panel on the topic, “Privacy:  The Way Forward.” The panel will address questions related to the federal government’s role, including:

  • Do the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and perhaps other state legislation mean that federal legislation is needed?
  • If so, what should it contain? Should it preempt the states?
  • Has the current FTC ex post enforcement approach based on actual harms been successful? Should the U.S. move to an ex ante regulatory approach similar to the GDPR and CCPA?
  • What should the respective roles of the Administration, Congress, and the FTC be?

Panel participants include:

  • Roslyn Layton, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, former Commissioner and Acting Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission
  • Alan Raul, Founder and Leader, Sidley Austin Privacy and Data Security, and Information Law practice
  • Gail Slater, Special Assistant to the President for Tech, Telecom, and Cyber Policy, White House National Economic Council
  • Thomas Lenard (moderator), Senior Fellow and President Emertius, Technology Policy Institute

International IP Conference on 3D Trademarks and Other Non-Traditional Trademarks (University of Geneva)

International IP Conference on 3D Trademarks and Other Non-Traditional Trademarks
Organized by the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, with Support from the International Trademark Association

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Salle MR080, Université de Genève – Uni mail
Bd du Pont d’Arve
1211 Genève 4




Matin / Morning session

Présidence de session: Prof. Irene Calboli, Texas A&M University School of Law)

9h00 Accueil et introduction | Welcome and Opening Address 
Prof. Bénédict Foëx
, Doyen de la Faculté de droit, Université de Genève
Prof. Jacques de Werra, Vice-recteur, Université de GenèveKatie Cameron (Maucher Jenkins, United Kingdom), member of INTA’s Nontraditional Marks Committee – Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee.
9h15 Enregistrement des marques non-traditionnelles en Suisse: bilan et perspectives
Eric Meier
, Vice-directeur, chef de la division des marques, Institut Fédéral de la Propriété Intellectuelle, Berne
9h45 International Developments on Non-Traditional Trademarks
Markus Höpperger
, Director of the Department for Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva
10h15 Discussion suivie de pause-café
Discussion followed by coffee break
10h45 Non-Traditional Trademarks under EU law
Philipp von Kapff
, Member of the First Board of Appeal, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Alicante
11h15 Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks under US law
Julia Belagorudsky
, Attorney-at-law, New-York
11h45 Discussion suivie de pause déjeuner
Discussion followed by lunch break

Après-midi / Afternoon session

Présidence de session: Dr Yaniv Benhamou, Université de Genève, avocat

14h00 Why Non-Traditional Trademarks Matter to the Luxury Industry
Olivia Dhordain
, Deputy Chief IP Counsel, Richemont Group, Geneva
14h30 Marques non-traditionnelles: leçons de la pratique judiciaire (Do’s and Don’ts)
Guillaume Fournier
, Président de l’Association romande de propriété intellectuelle (AROPI), avocat, Zurich
15h00 Discussion suivie de pause café
Discussion followed by coffee break
15h30 Non-Traditional Trademarks and other IP Rights: What Overlap?
Prof. Irene Calboli
, Texas A&M University School of Law
16h00 Non-Traditional Trademarks vs Freedom of Expression and Free Competition: What Balance ?
Prof. Martin Senftleben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
16h30 Discussion suivie de la présentation du livre
Discussion followed by the book launchThe Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks: Critical Perspectives, Irene Calboli and Martin Senftleben (eds), Oxford University Press 2018
Introduced by Marcus Höpperger

TPI Panel—The Future of Connectivity: Where Is Broadband Investment Headed? (Technology Policy Institute)

The Future of Connectivity: Where Is Broadband Investment Headed?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:00–2:00 PM
Technology Policy Institute
Top of the Hill
1 Constitution Avenue, NE
Minuteman Boardroom
Washington, DC 20002



Since 2010, well over half a trillion dollars has been invested directly into wireline and wireless broadband networks. What do we expect investment over the next eight-tenths of a decade to look like? Are we at a steady-state level, or will it change? How much of that investment will be for 5G, other types of wireless connectivity, and wireline? What do we expect new capacity to carry? Will it continue to be video, or will an Internet of Things mean more sensor data traveling from machine to machine? What would the latter imply for connectivity needs? What other types of connectivity scenarios are CFOs, engineers, and content providers planning for?

Participants include:

  • Rob Alderfer, Vice President, Technology Policy, CableLabs
  • Frank Louthan, Managing Director, Raymond James
  • Kathleen Ham, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Additional Speakers TBA

Event Contact: Ashley Benjamin, 202-828-4405,

The Technology Policy Institute

The Technology Policy Institute is a non-profit research and educational organization that focuses on the economics of innovation, technological change, and related regulation in the United States and around the world. More information is available at

BU Law/Hariri Institute Spring 2019 Program

BU Law/Hariri Institute Spring 2019 Program

Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215



The Program on Intellectual Property & Information Law (PIPIL) has an ongoing collaboration with BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing. As part of this collaboration, cross-disciplinary talks and presentations are alternatively hosted at either the Law School or Hariri, depending on the subject matter. This “Cyber Alliance” Speaker Series is an opportunity for students and faculty to hear fascinating new perspectives on the intersection between law, technology, and policy.

January 16, 3:30-5PM

January 30, 3:30-5PM

February 13, 3:30-5PM

March 6, 3:30-5PM

March 20, 3:30-5PM

April 3, 3:30-5PM

April 8, 12:30-2PM

April 17, 3:30-5PM