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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.

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

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

For more information about the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, please visit

Ladas Memorial Award Competition
Papers due January 18, 2013


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.


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 with questions.

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