2007-2008 Events
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Seminar in International Intellectual Property Law
Todd Larson, Senior Counselor, WIPO
"World Intellectual Property Organization 101"
October 31, 2007

Todd Larson, the Senior Counselor at the New York Coordination Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization, provides an overview of WIPO and discussed the latest developments in the area of international intellectual property law. On behalf of WIPO, Mr. Larson undertakes extensive outreach throughout North America. He has been with the United Nations system for more than 15 years, previously serving in various countries with both the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 1983-1985. He received his M.A. and J.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle.

2008 Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable
February 22-23, 2008

In spring 2008, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center brings about 50 intellectual property and technology law scholars to the Drake campus from around the world to present their works-in-progress. This interdisciplinary roundtable provides academics with a forum for sharing their latest research and an opportunity for peer networking.  The list of confirmed participants is available here.
Comparative Perspectives on Digital Copyright Reform: Lessons from Abroad and Beyond
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
March 19, 2008

Hong Kong is currently exploring the introduction of more stringent copyright laws to reduce unauthorized copying of copyright works on the Internet. Drawing on experiences from Australia, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, this timely event examines how countries responded to continuous challenges in striking the appropriate balance in the copyright system in the digital age. This panel also discusses the development and launch of the Creative Commons license in Hong Kong. The event was organized with the Law & Technology Centre at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

Distinguished Lecture in Copyright Law
Ralph Oman, Register of Copyrights of the United States (1985-1993)
"The Role of U.S. Copyright Office"
April 22, 2008

Ralph Oman, the former Register of Copyrights of the United States, delivers the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center's first distinguished lecture in copyright law. He was counsel for the intellectual property practice group of the law firm Dechert, LLP and currently serves as the Pravel, Hewitt, Kimball and Kreiger Professorial Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Patent Law at The George Washington University Law School. In the lecture, he discusses the role of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Summer Institute in Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences
May 19-20, 2008

In summer 2008, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center brings together judges, policymakers, industry leaders, attorneys and academics to explore cutting-edge issues of domestic and foreign intellectual property laws and policies. With a unique focus on biotechnology and agricultural sciences, this annual gathering was established to promote a deeper understanding of complex intellectual property issues in the academy, among practicing bar members and within the industry. The Summer Institute includes ample networking opportunities for the furtherance of both personal and professional relationships. It also offers an intensive practice-oriented intellectual property law course that is specially designed for students and lawyers from both the United States and abroad. Strategically located in Central Iowa, the event is supported by law firms and major industry players, such as Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.  More information is available here

Sixth Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference
Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong
June 13-14, 2008

With the explosion of the Chinese Internet community in the past decade, China now boasts the world’s second-largest online population, behind only the United States. Held shortly before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, this timely event explores the political, social, economic, cultural and institutional aspects of Internet development in China. Co-founded in 2003 by Peter Yu, this annual conference features presentations from communications scholars, policy analysts, industry leaders, journalists and legal practitioners from around the world. Past conferences were held at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Texas A&M University.  For more information, visit the conference website.

Conference on Innovation and Communications Law
University of Turku Faculty of Law
Turku, Finland
July 17-18, 2008

The conditions for innovation and communications are changing rapidly, and much of the recent developments takes place on Internet-based platforms. Because intellectual property laws are designed to solve real-world problems, solutions that are traditionally territorial often fit poorly in a global and virtual world. This conference therefore seeks to explore the role of law in developing solutions to problems that arise when traditional laws encounter changing technology or new behavior from industry and private citizens. The conference is jointly organized with the University of Turku Faculty of Law, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, and the IPR University Center in Finland. More information is available here.

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