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6-7 July 2023, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


6 July

09.30-10.00: Morning coffee
10.00-10.15: Opening remarks by Dr Jonathan Morgan, Deputy Chair, Faculty of Law, Associate Director, Cambridge Private Law Centre
10.15-11.00: Keynote by Professor Henry E. Smith, Harvard Law School: 'The Private Law Architecture of Intellectual Property'
11.00-11.15: Break 1
11.15-12.00: Professor Molly S. Van Houweling, UC Berkeley: 'Securing the Public Domain Along the Private Law Spectrum'

Discussant: Dr Yael Lifshitz , King’s College London)

12.00-12.45: Professor Christina Mulligan, Brooklyn Law School: 'Digital Sales Modularity'

Discussant: Dr Poorna Mysoor, University of Cambridge

12.45-14.00: Lunch
14.00-14.45: Profesor Rob Merges, UC Berkeley: 'Updating the Private Law of Patent Contracting'

Discussant: Professor Kathleen Liddell, University of Cambridge

14.45-15.30: Dr Alexandra Mogyoros, Toronto Metropolitan University: ''Notwithstanding the consumer': trademark law as private law'

Discussant: Professor Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge

15.30-15.45: Break 2
15.45-16.30: Professor Chris Newman, George Mason University: 'Data, Possession, and Bailment'

Discussant: Dr Luke Rostill, University of Oxford

16.30-17.15: Professor Orit Fischman-Afori, College of Management, Faculty of Law: 'Data and the Proprietary Regime Impulse'

Discussant: Dr Ernesto Vargas Weil, University of Cambridge

7 July

09.30-10.00: Morning coffee
10.00-10.45 Dr Mala Chatterjee, Columbia Law School: 'Personhood Theories of Authorial Rights'

Discussant: James Parish, King’s College London

10.45-11.30 Dr Pascale Chapdelaine, University of Windsor Faculty of Law: '(Intellectual) Property and Power: An Ontology of Digital Locks and the Right to Repair'

Discussant: Dr Yael Lifshitz, King’s College London

11.30-11.45 Break 1
11.45-12.30 Professor Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Columbia Law School: 'Learned Hand and the Misappropriation Doctrine: Lessons for Private Law'

Discussant: Professor Jennifer Davis, University of Cambridge

12.30-13.15 Professor Jennifer E. Rothman, University of Pennsylvania: 'Postmortem Publicity Rights at the Property-Person Divide'

Discussant: Nick McBride, University of Cambridge

13.15-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.00 Dr Patrick Goold, City University of London: 'Intellectual Tort Law'

Discussant: Dr Jonathan Morgan, University of Cambridge

15.00-15.45 Professor Haochen Sun, University of Hong Kong: 'Justifying Stronger Intellectual Property: The Role of China’s Civil Code and Punitive Damages'

Discussant: Professor Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania

15.45-16.00 Break 2
16.00-16.45 Dr Poorna Mysoor, University of Cambridge: 'The Private Law Jurisdiction of 'Implying''

Discussant: Dr Sinead Agnew, University of Cambridge

16.45-17.00 Closing remarks by Professor Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, Co-director, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge

For information, contact Dr Poorna Mysoor (