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2014-2015 Events

IP Courses Information Session
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 12:50 p.m.

Don't know what IP classes are offered each semester at UNC? Trying to decide between copyright, trademark, or patent law? Confused which one's are prerequisites? Want to learn what a seminar course is? Join CIPLA to learn about the numerous courses offered in IP Law and related areas of interest. Meet the professors and get advice from students who have taken the classes. Lunch provided. Room 4004.

CIPLA Board Member Elections for 2015-2016
Submit Applications by Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's that time of year to apply to be a board member of CIPLA for the 2015-2016 school year. Please see the attached document for descriptions of positions, and use the link below to submit your application for running by Thursday, March 26.

Board Member Application

Hot Topics in IP CLE
Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association will host its annual CLE. The seminar will focus in great depth on timely developments in the area of intellectual property. Accreditation pending (3 credits). Lunch provided. There will be a meet and greet from 1-2 p.m. Speakers (CLE) begin at 2 p.m.

Hot Topics in IP Flyer (PDF)

Young Attorney Panel
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Come hear from a panel of local young professionals who work in the intellectual property field. This is a great event to prepare for upcoming summer internships and future careers. Light snacks provided.

CIPLA Lunch & Learn: Researching in Intellectual Property Law
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m. (Noon) - 12:50 p.m.

Join CIPLA and LexisNexis to learn how to research topics in IP law. Prepare for an internship this summer or career in IP law with the Lexis Practice Adviser. Lunch provided.

CIPLA/UNC Media Law Society Annual Career Night
November 6, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On November 6 from 6-8 p.m., CIPLA and UNC Media Law Society will be holding our Annual Career Night at Tru. There will be a variety of attorneys from both fields, so that students can learn about career opportunities in a casual environment.

IP & Media Law Career Night Flyer (PDF)

RSVP

Check out our Facebook Event.

Trademark Clinic
October 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Professor Gerhardt would like to invite interested CIPLA members to celebrate the launching of a new USPTO Law School Pilot Program here at UNC. The event will be October 30 at 7 p.m. at Tru.

Find out more about the logistics.

"IP in Action"
October 6-10, 2014

CIPLA will be holding our first ever "IP in Action" week. We will be tabling from 11-2 everyday in the rotunda to provide information about CIPLA and the IP field in general.

There will be candy and prizes involved, so please stop by and visit us! Check out the link to the flyer below.

IP Week Flyer (PDF)

Winner of CIPLA Scavenger Hunt: Clint Hannah

CIPLA Scavenger Hunt Winner

2013-2014 Events

CIPLA Symposium: Hot Topics in Intellectual Property
Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please save the date for the Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association's Continuing Legal Education program. Location: UNC School of Law. Price: Free!

Presentations on: Copyright Reform, Nontraditional Trademarks, and Patentable Technology

More details to follow. Please RSVP online. Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you at the end of March.

2012-2013 Events

Public Address by Lawrence Lessig - Rooting Out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media Monday
March 4, 2013 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On March 4, the Center for Media Law and Policy will host a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Prof. Lessig taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will tackle one of the most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should be its role going forward?

Please join us on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the UNC Law School Rotunda when Prof. Lessig will discuss how we can root out corruption in our politics and restore faith in the Fourth Estate’s role as a watchdog of government.

North Carolina Bar Association Tri-City Networking Luncheon, Intellectual Property Section
Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association invites you and a guest to attend one of its Tri-City Networking Luncheons.

Free to attend, please bring a guest! Membership not required; RSVP by January 14, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=bFo3bcHSEnY2EaC3LFiPqA%3d%3d.

JOLT Symposium 2013 - U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year, the annual JOLT Symposium will be titled “U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century.” The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Chapel Hill. U.S. v. Jones, decided by the United States Supreme Court on January 23, 2012, held that a police department’s attachment of a GPS device to an unknowing suspect’s vehicle and the subsequent monitoring of that device constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment.

The event will be held at The Friday Center, which will provide plenty of free, convenient parking, and breakfast and coffee for all participants. Lunch will also be provided for all paying participants.

Topics for discussion include the third party doctrine; viable ways for law enforcement agencies to structure investigative processes involving digital technology; an overview of the cases that have come out since Jones that involve GPS tracking; the mosaic theory; and how technology impacts the “poverty exception” to the Fourth Amendment.

Our keynote speaker will be Walter Dellinger, who represented Jones before the Supreme Court in the landmark case.

Our panelists will include:

  • Susan Friewald, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco;
  • David Gray, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland, & Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland;
  • Stephen Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma;
  • Tamara Lave, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami
  • Stephanie Pell, Founder of and Communications Privacy Consultant with SKP Strategies, LLC of Washington, D.C.;
  • Priscilla Smith, Senior Fellow of the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School.

3.0 hours of CLE credit will be available. For CLE credit, the price will be $100 and includes breakfast and lunch.

For non-UNC students to attend without receiving CLE credit, the price is $50. For UNC students, admission is free but does not include lunch.

For more details and/or to register, please email Brandy Barrett, JOLT Symposium Editor, at barrett.brandy@gmail.com.

For more information about the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, please visit http://medialaw.unc.edu/.

Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Papers due January 18, 2013

Through INTA.org

Sponsored by the law firm of Ladas, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas.

Student Category

Authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate school students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.

Professional Category

Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.

Awards

Award winners will be announced in April 2013! Each winner receives US $2,000 and Stephen P. Ladas' three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights.

Please fill out the application, submit your paper(s) and see the official rules. Application deadline is January 18, 2013. Email ladasaward@inta.org with questions.

American Intellectual Property Law Association Trademark Boot Camp
June 22, 2013
The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA

The American Intellectual Property Law Association is hosting its fourth annual Trademark Boot Camp. With sessions such as Trademarks 101, Developing a Filing Strategy and more, this comprehensive event is a great way to learn about trademark law basics and engage in hands-on training in the field. Pre-registration is available until Wednesday, June 20 and participation is limited.

More information is available at http://www.aipla.org/learningcenter/TMBootcamp/Pages/Registration.aspx.

Public Address by Lawrence Lessig - Rooting out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media
Monday, March 4, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On March 4, the Center for Media Law and Policy will host a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Prof. Lessig taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will tackle one of the most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should be its role going forward?

Please join us on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the UNC Law School Rotunda when Prof. Lessig will discuss how we can root out corruption in our politics and restore faith in the Fourth Estate’s role as a watchdog of government.

North Carolina Bar Association Tri-City Networking Luncheon, Intellectual Property Section
Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association invites you and a guest to attend one of its Tri-City Networking Luncheons.

Free to attend, please bring a guest! Membership not required; RSVP by January 14, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=bFo3bcHSEnY2EaC3LFiPqA%3d%3d.

JOLT Symposium 2013 - U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year, the annual JOLT Symposium will be titled “U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century.” The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Chapel Hill. U.S. v. Jones, decided by the United States Supreme Court on January 23, 2012, held that a police department’s attachment of a GPS device to an unknowing suspect’s vehicle and the subsequent monitoring of that device constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment.

The event will be held at The Friday Center, which will provide plenty of free, convenient parking, and breakfast and coffee for all participants. Lunch will also be provided for all paying participants.

Topics for discussion include the third party doctrine; viable ways for law enforcement agencies to structure investigative processes involving digital technology; an overview of the cases that have come out since Jones that involve GPS tracking; the mosaic theory; and how technology impacts the “poverty exception” to the Fourth Amendment.

Our keynote speaker will be Walter Dellinger, who represented Jones before the Supreme Court in the landmark case.

Our panelists will include:

  • Susan Friewald, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco;
  • David Gray, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland, & Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland;
  • Stephen Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma;
  • Tamara Lave, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami
  • Stephanie Pell, Founder of and Communications Privacy Consultant with SKP Strategies, LLC of Washington, D.C.;
  • Priscilla Smith, Senior Fellow of the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School.

3.0 hours of CLE credit will be available. For CLE credit, the price will be $100 and includes breakfast and lunch.

For non-UNC students to attend without receiving CLE credit, the price is $50. For UNC students, admission is free but does not include lunch.

For more details and/or to register, please email Brandy Barrett, JOLT Symposium Editor, at barrett.brandy@gmail.com.

For more information about the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, please visit http://medialaw.unc.edu/.

Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Papers due January 18, 2013

Through INTA.org

Sponsored by the law firm of Ladas, the Ladas Memorial Award Competition was established in memory of the outstanding contributions to international intellectual property law made by the distinguished practitioner and author, Stephen P. Ladas.

Student Category

Authors must be enrolled as either full or part-time law or graduate school students. For students outside the United States, university enrollment is acceptable.

Professional Category

Authors may be legal practitioners, business professionals and/or academics. No restrictions regarding level of experience or years in practice apply.

Awards

Award winners will be announced in April 2013! Each winner receives US $2,000 and Stephen P. Ladas' three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights.

Please fill out the application, submit your paper(s) and see the official rules. Application deadline is January 18, 2013. Email ladasaward@inta.org with questions.

IP Career Night
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

Come meet area intellectual property professionals and learn more about working in the field. No science or technology background required; more details to come.

CIPLA Patent Bar Prep


Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12 p.m.
UNC School of Law Boardroom

Do you have a science or technology background? Then you may be eligible for the patent bar. CIPLA, the CDO and PLI, a leading bar prep company, have come together to provide a presentation on the recent changes to the patent bar and the role of the patent bar in practice. This will also be a great opportunity to meet other students interested in the field.

IP Impact 2012 - Research Triangle Park
Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Hilton RDU: 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham

Come join in-house counsel, IP managers, licensing executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at this engaging and useful seminar at which keynote speaker Janet Gongola of the USPTO will discuss the newly enacted America Invents Act. The Act will have significant changes going into effect between now and March 2013, and this half-day seminar will help you implement the right IP strategy at your company.

Knobbe Martens attorneys will also offer tips and tricks on dealing with the changes as well as strategies on how to make the most of the Act's new requirements. Three hours of North Carolina and California CLE Credit available to attorneys (pending approval).

For complimentary registration, contact Stephanie Vadas at 919.721.5245 or stephanie.vadas@knobbe.com.

Politics and IP: Trademarks and Copyright Issues in the 2012 Election
October 23, 2012 at Noon
UNC School of Law, Classroom 5048

This event is a panel discussion regarding the use of copyrights in this year's Presidential Election. We will bring in several local attorneys involved in copyright law to give their opinion and engage in an interactive question and answer session with students.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Kriess, Assistant Professor (UNC) and Author
  • Charles F. Marshall, Brooks Pierce
  • Ed Timberlake, Timberlake Law

Politics & IP
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12 p.m.
UNC School of Law, Room 5048

Politics and IP

Career Development Office Career Night
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
UNC School of Law, Rotunda

This year five attorney volunteers who practice Intellectual Property Law (three trademark/copyright attorneys and two patent attorneys) will be in attendance, making this area of practice one of the best represented at Career Night. Business casual attire is required and food will be served. Please RSVP for the event at http://unclawcso.wufoo.com/forms/student-rsvp-for-career-night/.

CIPLA Office Hours
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 12 p.m.
UNC School of Law, Room 5054

Have questions about intellectual property law? Wondering about how to break into the field? Have a question you're too embarrassed to ask a professor? Just want to chat with the awesome board members of CIPLA? You can do all of those during CIPLA office hours, the first Wednesday of every month in Room 5054.

Carolina innovations seminar: Engines of innovation - the entrepreneurial university in the 21st century
Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Sitterson Hall, Room 014

For the first Carolina Innovations Seminar session of the year, OTD is pleased to welcome Buck Goldstein, the University Entrepreneur in Residence, who will be providing insight from the title work, co-authored in 2010 with Chancellor Holden Thorp. Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the 21st Century makes the case for the pivotal role of research universities as agents of societal change. Buck will share observations on the response to and impact of that work, as well as his thoughts on how the culture of innovation continues to evolve here at UNC.

In addition to being the University Entrepreneur in Residence, Buck is also a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics and has a bachelor’s and law degree from UNC. He has broad entrepreneurial experience including co-founding a start-up, taking it public and through an acquisition, as well founding a venture capital fund. Buck has served on multiple corporate boards, including several notable UNC start-ups.

Reception Following Seminar at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery!

Inspiration vs. Infringement: Brought to you by the First Amendment
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Carroll Hall

What happens when an artist is also sports fan? Can he use his favorite team as a muse? When do artists and brands clash? As a part of UNC First Amendment Day, the Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association and the Center for Media Law and Policy are hosting a discussion that explores the challenges between artistic expression and trademark law.

The panel includes Professor Deborah Gerhardt, Trademark Professor at the UNC School and Professor Cary Levine of the UNC Art Department. The discussion centers around a recent case about an artist who was used by the University of Alabama for using their trademarks for his work. Does the First Amendment trump trademark law? Come join the discussion.

Intellectual Property 101
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12 p.m.
UNC School of Law, Room 5048

This event is a general interest meeting and social event. Come and meet the 2012-2013 CIPLA board, discuss the events for the semester and learn more about intellectual property law at Carolina! This event is not just for the 1Ls. This is for those who are excited about intellectual property AND those who want to learn more about IP. One of CIPLA's goals for the year is to connect people who are interested in intellectual property with students, professionals and professors with experience in the field. If you are interested in participating, come by the event and sign up for our (informal) mentoring program.

2011-2012 Events

Student Writing Competition

The Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section is seeking papers written by law students who are attending law school in Virginia or are Virginia residents attending law school outside of Virginia. The paper should relate to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law. The winner receives a cash prize of $4,000. The judge of the final round of the competitor is the Honorable Richard Linn, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 25, 2012 at 4:00 EDT.

A complete set of rules and a flyer for use in advertising the competition are available at the section’s website: http://www.vsb.org/site/sections/intellectualproperty/view/writing-competition

Working at the Patent and Trademark Office
UNC School of Law Room 4085
Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Mary Denison, UNC alum and Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations at the USPTO, will be giving a talk on the state of affairs and future of the PTO.

SOPA Panel
UNC School of Law Room 5046
Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy is putting together a panel on SOPA that will feature guests including executives from Paramount and Fox movie studios.

Large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement is a serious global problem. But recent legislative efforts in the United States aimed at dealing with this issue have faced substantial public opposition. Among the many criticisms directed at the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were that they infringed on free speech, forced online intermediaries to take on the role of IP enforcers, interfered with the functioning of the Internet's addressing system, and contained inadequate due process protections (PDF).

While SOPA and PIPA have been shelved, the debate over how to address infringing activities online has not gone away. Bringing together a panel of copyright and cyberlaw experts, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and the Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association will explore whether a middle ground exists in this debate. Is there a way to address large-scale online copyright and trademark infringement while still protecting free speech and allowing for innovation on the Internet?

Joining us to tackle this question will be:

  • Alfred Perry, vice president, worldwide content protection & outreach, Paramount Pictures
  • Ron Wheeler, senior vice president, content protection, Fox Entertainment Group
  • David Levine, assistant professor, Elon University School of Law
  • Markham Erickson, founding partner, Holch & Erickson LLP

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be take place on April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 5046 at the UNC School of Law. Deborah Gerhardt, assistant professor of law at UNC School of Law, will moderate what will undoubtedly be a fascinating and passionate discussion of these important issues.

AIPLA's 2012 Cross-Country Women in IP Networking Event
Research Triangle Park
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Join your fellow women in IP law for AIPLA's Cross-Country Women in IP Networking Event. The event is held on the same night in various cities across the country in order to empower and celebrate women in the profession on both the local and national levels.

Come out and enjoy an informal evening of networking, mentoring, and great food and drink!

About AIPLA

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with more than 16,000 members. The AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. AIPLA's members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

About Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle is a full-service business law firm with a focus on innovative solutions to client needs. The firm is located in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, and serves clients nationally and globally, with more than 550 attorneys in 14 offices.

Womble Carlyle's Intellectual Property Practice Group consists of nearly 70 attorneys, patent agents and technical advisors, who specialize in all aspects of procurement, counseling and litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets.

DATE: May 2, 2012

TIME:
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Special Guest
8:30 p.m. National Conference Call to connect with all other Women in AIPLA events going on across the nation

WHERE:
Research Triangle Park
Archie K. Davis Conference Center
12 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Directions

COST: There is no charge to attend, but space is limited.

Questions? Contact Julie Meigs at 703.394.2253 or jmeigs@wcsr.com.

If you have general questions about this national event, please contact Carine Doyle with LewisRice at 314.444.1384 or cdoyle@lewisrice.com.

CIPLA Board Elections
UNC School of Law Room 5032
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

It's the time of year where the reins of CIPLA are handed over to the next set of officers. We will be holding a meeting at noon on April 3 in room 5042 where the election of those officers will occur. If you would like to be one of those officers, you must attend.

The current list of officers and their contact information can be found at http://studentorgs.law.unc.edu/cipla/

Campbell University Law Review Symposium - The New Global Convergence: Intellectual Property, Increasing Prosperity, and Economic Networks in the Twenty-First Century
Campbell Law School
Friday, March 16, 2012

The Campbell Law Review is presenting a symposium to address issues of new global convergence, particularly in the ares of intellectual property. The symposium invites scholars to examine those economic and legal developments in light of the emerging global system, fraught with peril and promise as we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century.

For more information and to register visit http://culawreview.com/symposium/

2012 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Meeting
NC Bar Center, Cary, NC
Friday, March 23, 2012

Intellectual Property practitioners must stay abreast of the changing legal landscape to advise their clients and develop strategies for protecting Intellectual Property. We have assembled a dynamic roster of expert speakers to discuss recent changes and hot topics in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Program highlights include:

  • Patent Reform and its impact on eligible prior art
  • Strategies and considerations for foreign filings in trademark prosecution
  • Changes to reexamination proceedings and the expansion of the doctrine of intervening rights.
  • Intellectual Property ownership issues
  • Managing risks and the intersection of ethics and the rules of professional responsibility in an Intellectual Property Practice
  • The interplay between the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit in recent years

All this and more, along with ethics credit and our networking lunch. Don't miss this opportunity to discuss and learn about these and other important issues with your fellow Intellectual Property practitioners!

Admission is $25 for law students.

Alston & Bird Intellectual Property Happy Hour
The Crunkleton
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Alston & Bird are hosting a happy hour at the Crunkleton on March 15 specifically for students interested in IP law at Duke and UNC. The firm has hired UNC students in the past, and it has consistently been ranked as one of Fortune Magazine's top companies to work for.

They ask that interested students RSVP by March 2 to rachel.stoy@alston.com

Womble Carlyle Symposium: Patent Careers for Scientists and Engineers
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Womble Carlyle is hosting and information session on becoming a patent agent for individuals who have a degree in engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, or biology. More information.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 7 to Christine Peterson at 919.744.2117 or cpeterson@wcsr.com.

Stop Online Piracy Act - Panel
UNC School of Law Room 5042
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CIPLA is hosting a panel discussion of the recent SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation that was considered in Congress. The panel will be discussing why this proposed bill was highly controversial, what the current state of affairs is, and how the debate may play out in the future. The panel will include Prof. David Levine from Elon University, who coauthored the recent hot-button piece Don't Break the Internet. Also participating will be UNC's own Prof. Gasaway and Nicole Downing, a current 3L who wrote a research paper specifically on this topic. Food will be provided.

Faculty Speaker Series with Eric Goldman
UNC Law Faculty Lounge
Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

Eric Goldman, one of the leading internet technology scholars, will be presenting his paper on 47 USC 230, which gives websites immunity for user-generated content. Goldman takes the novel approach of supporting 47 USC 230 based on economic principles, such as its ability to improve consumer access to product information. Any students interested in attending should notify Mark Weidemaier at weidemaier@unc.edu at their earliest convenience.

Anticipating Dissension: When Legal Frameworks, U.S. Commerce and Foreign Markets Intersect
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
Friday, January 27

The extent to which a business has an international component varies to great degrees, but no business can deny that the global forces affect, at least in some way, its practices. Even businesses that espouse a "local" philosophy are a response to the fact that we now, for better or worse, exist in a global marketplace.

While forces like technology have facilitated -- and, indeed, may be responsible for -- this growth in business, they have also generated a new series complications that did not exist in decades past. This year, the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology will host a symposium that addresses the ways that governments, international organizations, businesses, and lawyers have proactively identified these relatively new problems in an attempt to mitigate -- or eliminate altogether -- their negative effects. The symposium will take place on January 27, 2012 and is called "Anticipating Dissension: When Legal Frameworks, US Commerce and Foreign Markets Intersect."

The symposium's panels will address issues like arbitration agreements, choice of law agreements, intergovernmental IP laws, commonly used trade terms, and franchising, all as means of limiting discord within the global marketplace. Speakers include noted legal and business scholars. Also, in an effort to highlight how international forces concern regional economies, practitioners from the southeast will also participate.

"Anticipating Dissension" will be of interest to those students, lawyers, and businesspeople whose work involves international business trade and intellectual property rights. With a focus on arbitration, it is particularly useful to those students and practitioners interested in dispute resolution outside of judicial institutions.

Professor Nicholas Didow of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill will give the keynote address.

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