Boston University School of Law’s Intellectual Property & Innovation Speaker Series is an important element of BU Law’s comprehensive program in IP & Innovation Law. The Speaker Series gives students and faculty the opportunity to interact with leading thinkers from around the world in an exciting workshop setting.

New speakers are added frequently, check back soon for more information.

Spring 2018 Speakers

February 2, 9AM-5PM:
Symposium, “Governing the Internet: Public Access, Private Regulation”, Journal of Science and Technology Law, BU Law

February 5, 12:45-2PM:
Paul Ohm (Georgetown), “How Computer Scientists Can Wrest Tech Policy Out of the Cold, Dead Grip of the Invisible Hand”. Hariri Seminar Room

February 5, 4:20-6:20PM:

Patrick Goold (Harvard), “The Lost Tort of American Moral Rights”. BU Law, Room 204 (IP Workshop)

February 20, 1-2PM:
Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard Economics), “Using Machine Learning to Improve Policy Problems; An Econometric Perspective“. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

March 12, 12:30-2PM:
Alexandra Wood (Harvard), “Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy”. BUild Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, 730 Commonwealth Avenue

April 4, 3:00-4:30PM:
Rory Van Loo, “Regulating Digital Intermediaries”. Hariri Seminar Room

April 30, 12:30-2PM:
Ahmed Ghappour, “Machine Generated Culpability: Inscrutable Machine Evidence in the Criminal Legal Process”. Hariri Seminar Room

May 7, 12:30-2PM:
John Byers (BU Computer Science), “Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside”. BU Law, 15th Floor Faculty Lounge

May 14, 12:30-2PM:
Stephen Chong (Harvard) and Alexandra Wood (Harvard), “Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data”. BU Law, Room 203

May 16, 12:30-2PM:
Mayank Varia (BU Computer Science), “Crypto Crumple Zones: Enabling Limited Access Without Mass Surveillance”. BU Law, Room 203

Fall 2017 Speakers

October 2
Ran Canetti, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Department of Computer Science, “A Crash Course in Data Encryption: Concepts, Techniques, Limitations, and Unrealized Potential (Part II),” BU Law room 410

October 11
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson
, University of the District of Columbia School of Law, “The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement,” Hariri Seminar Room

October 13
Mark McKenna
, University of Notre Dame Law School, “Claiming Design,” BU Law room 209

October 23
Michael Meurer
, Boston University School of Law, “Training Data and Innovation Markets for AI,” Hariri Seminar Rom

October 25, 3-4PM:
Woody Hartzog (Northeastern), “Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 6
Adam Smith
, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences Department of Computer Science, BU Law room 203

November 8, 2:45-4:30PM:
Tim Edgar (Brown), “Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 9, 4-6PM:
Research on Tap: “The Many Facets of Cybersecurity Research”, Hosted by Ran Canetti and including talks by Andy Sellars and Ahmed Ghappour. BU Photonics Center, 9th Floor Colloquium Room

November 15, 2:45-4:30PM:
Ellen Goodman (Rutgers), “Algorithmic Transparency for the Smart City”. Hariri Seminar Room

November 28, 3:45-5PM:
Adam Smith, “Pinning Down “Privacy” in Statistical Data Analysis”. BU Law, Room 420

March 1
Erik Hovenkamp, Northwestern University Department of Economics and Pritzker School of Law

March 22
Molly von Houweling, University of California-Berkeley School of Law

March 29
Peter Menell,
University of California-Berkeley School of Law

April 12
Stephen Chow,
Burns & Levinson, LLP

April 26
Peter DiCola
, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

February 1, 2016
Ruth Okediji, Harvard Law School/University of Minnesota Law School

February 8, 2016
Michael Meurer, Boston University School of Law

February 22, 2016
Rebecca Curtin, Suffolk University Law School

February 26, 2016
Brook Baker, Northeastern University School of Law

February 29, 2016
Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center

March 14, 2016
Oren Bracha, University of Texas School of Law

March 28, 2016
Jennifer Rothman, Loyola Law School

April 11, 2016
Jane Ginsburg, Columbia Law School

February 27, 2015
Heidi Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics, “Do Firms Underinvest in Long-Term Research? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials”

March 16, 2015
John Golden, University of Texas Law School, “Redundancy: When Law Repeats Itself”

March 23, 2015
Joachim Henkel, Technical University of Munich, “Why Most Patents are Invalid—Extent, Reasons, and Potential Remedies of Patent Invalidity”

April 6, 2015
Irina Manta, Hofstra University Law School, “Intellectual Property Infringement as Vandalism”

April 13, 2015
Megan MacGarvie, Boston University Questrom School of Business

April 22, 2015
Talha Syed, University of California, Berkeley, Law School

October 20, 2014
Annett Kur, Max Planck Institute, Munich, “From Minimum Standards to Maximum Rules”

November 3, 2014
Leah Grinvald, Suffolk University, “Policing the Cease-and-Desist Letter”

November 10, 2014
Harold Feld, senior vice president, Public Knowledge, “Aereo and the Copyright-Media Interface”

November 17, 2014
John Simson, American University and founding director of SoundExchange, “Streaming Under Federal and State Law: Recent Developments in Copyright and Statutory Licensing”

December 8, 2014
Hillary Greene, University of Connecticut, “Information Product Redesign as Commercial Expression: Antitrust Treatment of Speech and Innovation”