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MSU College of Law

Conference on Innovation and Communications Law

August 21-22, 2009
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Call for Papers

The University of Louisville will host the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law on August 21 and 22, 2009. The Conference, a follow-up to the 2008 conference held in Turku, Finland, is a cooperative effort of the University of Louisville School of Law, University of Turku Faculty of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, Drake University Law School, and the IPR Center in Helsinki, Finland. The conference sponsors seek proposals for presentations from those in academics, government, and industry.

This year's conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information. As a result, discussion will focus less on the creation of rights, and more on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge. For example, we anticipate one or more sessions dealing with licensing and franchising issues. Other possible topics might include the role of intellectual property registration, the law governing trade secrets and confidential information, remedy issues, and the special case of university inventions and works. Because many of the participants will come from countries other than the United States, proposals with an international or comparative law perspective are especially encouraged.

Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should submit a written abstract of the topic (not to exceed two letter size or A4 pages) to one of the following:

To be ensured of full consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than May 2, 2009.

Note also that the University of Louisville Law Review has agreed to produce a symposium issue of papers submitted at the conference. Presenters are encouraged to prepare articles setting out, or expanding upon, the subject of their presentations. The final draft of the paper would be due a few weeks after the conference.


University of Turku Faculty of Law

University of Louisville
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

IPR University Center

Drake University Law School

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