The 2019 JOSTL & ILJ Symposium

Intellectual Property in a Globalized Economy: United States Extraterritoriality in International Business

Friday, February 15, 2019
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Boston University School of Law
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 102

Symposium Schedule

In March of 2018, the U.S. government announced its intent to levy tens of billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods. In response, the Chinese government imposed its own tariffs, thus beginning an ongoing “trade war.” This “trade war” was largely a reaction to allegations that Chinese theft of American intellectual property, particularly in technology , costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

As recent U.S. – Chinese relations show, international trade and manufacturing plays a crucial role in both the global and domestic economies. More than a mere headline, the rights and abilities of various entities to produce (or reproduce) and sell goods across national borders have been the subject of substantial debate before U.S. federal courts and the International Trade Commission. The results of that debate have drastically altered the legal terrain that businesses must traverse when transacting across international borders.

This symposium will examine the scope and boundaries of intellectual property protection for U.S. patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in the context of an increasingly globalized business climate.

9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome Remarks
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean, Boston University School of Law
Mary Griffith, Symposium Editor, International Law Journal

9:15-10:45 AM Foreign Sales in the Wake of Lexmark, Halo and WesternGeco
Timothy R. Holbrook, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Andrew C. Michaels, Assistant Professor of Law, The University of Houston Law Center
Jorge L. Contreras, Professor, The University of Utah College of Law
Amy L. Landers, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program and Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

11:00 – 12:30 PM Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Abroad
Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, New York University School of Law
Sharon K. Sandeen, Director, Intellectual Property Institute and Robins Kaplan Distinguished Professorship in IP Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
David Levine, Maurice Jennings Emerging Scholar and Associate Professor of Law, Elon University School of Law
Elizabeth A. Rowe, Irving Cypen Professor of Law, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, University Term Professor, and Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

12:45 – 1:45 PM Keynote Address in Barristers Hall
Ruth L. Okediji, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

2:00 – 3:15 PM Copyright Infringement: Geoblocking and the Internet
Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Global Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Peter K. Yu, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law
Marketa Trimble, Samuel S. Lionel Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas – William S. Boyd School of Law

3:30 – 4:30 PM The Impact of Trader Joe’s Co. v. Hallatt on International Branding
Xuan-Thao Nguyen, Gerald L. Bepko Chair and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law

4:45 – 7:00 PM Reception in the Charles River Room (5th Floor)