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The Annual International Intellectual Property Lecture at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, is one of the premier events in the British Intellectual Property Law calendar. Established in 2006 from the Herchel Smith bequest to Emmanuel College and held at the college itself, this lecture series invites one eminent scholar of international intellectual property law to Cambridge each year. Attendance is by invitation only and always draws a large audience of scholars, practitioners and judges from a variety of locations across the UK.

Upcoming - Copyright and Property-Think

Tuesday 13th March 2018, 5:30pm

Location: Emmanuel College, Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

Professor Jessica Litman, will deliver the thirteenth annual lecture on the topic of "Copyright and Property-Think". Professor Litman is the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, where she teaches copyright law, trademark law, and advanced IP courses. Litman is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. She is an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement of Copyright, and has served as a trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Intellectual Property. In this year’s lecture, she will argue that when we think about the copyright system, our assumptions about legal property rights shape what we see and what we don’t. We assume that broadening or narrowing the scope of copyright will redound to the benefit or detriment of creators. Three hundred years of evidence, though, belie that supposition. We need to think more concretely about copyright law's actual effect on creators, and their ability to communicate and profit from their works.

This is an invitation-only event. If you would like an invitation, please contact CIPIL Administrator, Mr. James Parish


2018: Professor Jessica Litman (John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, University of Michigan) delivered the thirteenth annual lecture on the topic 'Copyright and Property-Think'.

2017: Professor Niva Elkin-Koren (Haifa Center for Law and Technology) delivered the twelth annual lecture on the topic 'Fair Use by Design'.

2016: Professor Alain Strowel (Professor, Université Saint-Louis and UCLouvain, avocat, Covington & Burling LLP, Brussels) delivered the eleventh annual lecture on the topic 'Big Data in the platform economy: A need to redesign the rules?'.

2015: Professor Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) delivered the tenth annual lecture on the topic 'Functionality and Expression in Computer Programs: A Pragmatic Approach'.

2014: Professor Barton Beebe (John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law, New York University School of Law) delivered the ninth annual lecture on the topic ‘Intellectual Property Law and the Problem of Aesthetic Progress’.

2013: Professor Annette Kur (Max Planck Institute, Munich) delivered the eighth annual lecture on the topic ‘IP overlaps: Cause or consequence of overprotection?

2012: Professor Bernt Hugenhotlz (University of Amsterdam) delivered the seventh annual lecture on the topic ‘Fair use in Europe: in search of flexibilities in copyright’.

2011: Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss (New York University) delivered the sixth annual lecture on the topic ‘Are patents good for science?

2010: Professor Graeme Austin (Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand) delivered the fifth annual lecture on the topic ‘Copyright’s private domain’.

2009: Professor Séverine Dusollier (SciencesPo,Paris) delivered the fourth annual lecture on the topic 'Incompatible intellectual property: In search of the interoperability grail’.

2008: Professor Graeme Dinwoodie (University of Oxford) delivered the third annual lecture on the topic ‘Ensuring consumers get what they want: The role of trademark law’.

2007: Professor Brad Sherman (University of Queensland) delivered the second annual lecture on the topic ‘Taxonomic property: Intellectual property and plants’.

2006: Professor Jane Ginsburg (Columbia Law School) delivered the inaugural lecture on the topic ‘Une chose publique: history and rhetoric of the copyright public domain in France, Great Britain and the United States’.