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Journal of Law and Technology Symposiums

2018 Symposium

Repeal of The Open Internet Order of 2015: :
A Discussion on A Dynamic Internet and the Legal Road Ahead

Keynote Speaker
Brendan Carr,
Commissioner of the FCC

Friday, March 16, 2018
4:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

Columbus School of Law
3600 John McCormack Rd NE
Washington, DC  20064

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2018 Symposium

The Journal of Law and Technology’s annual symposium, “Repeal of The Open Internet Order of 2015: A Discussion on a Dynamic Internet and the Legal Road Ahead,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and practitioners to hear from experts about the positives and negatives of regulating broadband Internet service providers and the economic, social, and political effects of the new rules.

The March 16 event opened with introductory remarks by CUA Law Professor Elizabeth Winston. The program consisted of a panel discussion and a keynote speech from Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Brendan Carr '05. 

Carr, who was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, discussed the 2015 FCC reinstitution of the Open Internet Order of 2010 which established rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. He also discussed the new rules the FCC proposed under the title “Restoring Internet Freedom” to amend the 2015 Open Internet rules.

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2017 Symposium

The Journal of Law and Technology’s annual symposium, “The Impact of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and practitioners to hear from experts about the creation and recent developments of the PTAB and the impact of its decisions on the U.S. patent landscape.

The February 28 event opened with introductory remarks by Dean Daniel F. Attridge. The program consisted of two panel discussions and a keynote speech from David P. Ruschke, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Ruschke, who leads the PTAB, which is authorized to conduct post-grant trials following the passage of the American Invents Act in 2011, discussed his insights as a PTAB judge.

The first panel discussed the differences between PTAB and district court litigation, including discovery, claim construction, and timing, and how concurrent litigation can affect the strategy and outcome of litigation due to estoppel and the speed of PTAB proceedings. The second panel included an introduction to Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, focusing on the AIA and its impact on IPR and ex parte reexamination, as well as current IPR issues at the PTAB and causes to watch in the coming year.

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2016 Symposium

Organized by the Journal of Law and Technology in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association, “Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Internet Economy: Information Sharing, Data Security, and Intellectual Property,” presented three panels of experts. The symposium examined the implications of the growing number of reported cyberattacks and data-breaches at private and public entities in recent years and the legal and policy responses.

Hosted by Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, the event kicked off with introductory remarks from Bryan Tramont, managing partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP and adjunct professor at CUA Law and CUA Law Dean Daniel F. Attridge. “The best thing about today’s symposium is that it really takes scholarship to the level where it ought to be. It is something that is alive. It is not simply found in a printed form and more importantly, it includes everyone who can been affected by it.” Attridge said.

The editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Technology, Russell Hsiao, introduced keynote speaker Daniel Sutherland, associate general counsel for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sutherland discussed his position the Department of Homeland Security, recent cyber security legislation, and the role the Department of Homeland Security plays in cybersecurity. “We deal with telecomm issues, cybersecurity issues, biometrics, physical security of electric grid and chemical plants and a variety of other things. It is really all about cyber and infrastructure protection,” Sutherland said.

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2015 Symposium

March 31, 2015
CommLaw Symposium Highlights Promise and Pitfalls of Internet of Things

The annual symposium sponsored by the Law School’s CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law & Technology Policy and the Institute for Communications Law, in association with the Federal Communications Bar Association, examined how both society and communications networks are handling the proliferation of connected devices, the data they generate, their impact on both telecommunications networks and consumers and their diverse legal and regulatory implications.

Two panels of leading communications professionals represented the FTC, Capitol Hill, the FCC, device manufacturers, carriers, and other points of view. The keynote address was given by FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen.

“Internet of Things: Device Innovation and Network Implications,” was held on March 31, 2015, at Wiley Rein LLP, 1776 K Street, NW, Main Conference Center, Washington, DC.

http://www.law.edu/2015-Spring/CommLaw-Symposium-Highlights-Promise-and-Pitfalls-of-Internet-of-Things.cfm