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Conference on Innovation and Communications Law — Michigan State College of Law 

The Intellectual Property, Information, and Communications Law Program (IPIC) at the Michigan State University College of Law will host the fifth annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law (CICL) from May 14-17, 2013, in Traverse City, Michigan. The Homestead Resort on Lake Michigan, adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, will serve as the conference’s location.

The Conference is a cooperative effort of Michigan State University College of Law, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, the University of Turku Faculty of Law (Finland), and Drake University Law School. The conference committee seeks proposals for presentations from members of academia, government, non-profits, and industry.

The theme for this year’s conference is Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Computational Transformation. Focusing on how the ever greater power of computation drives changes in the practice of law and the doctrines of intellectual property rights (IPR), we seek papers and presentations examining how this transformation affects both the doctrines of intellectual property and communications law as well as the practice of law in both domestic and international settings. We hope participants will examine the continued and developing interaction between the internet and the ever expanding power of digital communication and the development of copyright, trademark and patent law. We seek both theoretical papers that examine the reasons and normative bases for these developments—as well as more descriptive and doctrinal papers that gather, collect, and analyze information about these changes both from a domestic and international perspective. Finally, we seek papers examining how technology is changing the way law is practiced, such as developments in predictive algorithms in patent and copyright cases, computer-assisted visualizations of IPR issues, and computer-guided practice of law.

Please send abstracts or proposals, or inquiries, to Adam Candeub, IPIC director, candeub@msu.edu; Katja Lindross, katja.lindroos@abo.fi, Sean Pager, IPIC associate director, spager@law.msu.edu, or Jenny Carter-Johnson, jcj@law.msu.edu. For more information, check out the website: http://www.law.msu.edu/ipic/innovation/
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