Conference | Openness and Intellectual Property

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:00am - Friday, July 24, 2015 - 3:30pm

The Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition

in association with the Cinema Studies Program


Openness and Intellectual Property

ISHTIP Annual Workshop 2015 | July 22-24 | University of Pennsylvania

The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will hold its 7th annual workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, July 22-24, 2015. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the US Constitution, which empowers Congress to create IP laws that “promote the progress of science and the useful arts.” And the University of Pennsylvania was founded by inventor, printer, and IP-skeptic Benjamin Franklin, who wrote in his autobiography, “That, as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.” Today, there are many movements to promote open access scholarship, open source software, open data, and open culture. What does it mean for intellectual property to be open? And how do current calls for openness connect with the history, theoretical underpinnings, and national traditions of intellectual property?

For additional information, including past programs and 2015 program updates, visit the ISHTIP website at <>.

More information | Prof. Peter Decherney <>

AirPennNet-ISHTIP Conference Code


Conference Hotels

The Inn at Penn (Hilton):

The Sheraton University City:
Here is the reservation link for the Sheraton, participants should book their rooms using the link. They have 40 rooms reserved at a special rate until July 10th:



University of Pennsylvania | July 22-24

Sponsored by the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition (Penn Law) and the Cinema Studies Program (Penn Arts and Sciences)

All events will be held in Silverman Hall, Penn Law School, 3501 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (unless otherwise noted)

Please REGISTER if you plan to attend: 



9-10am | Breakfast and Check-in

10-10:30am | Opening Remarks
Peter Decherney (University of Pennsylvania)
Christopher S. Yoo (University of Pennsylvania)
Fiona Macmillan
(Birkbeck, University of London)

10:30am-12pm | Early Career, Panel 1 | Peter Jaszi (American University), Moderator
Megan Rae Blakely (University of Glasgow) | Intellectual Property and Intangible Culture Heritage in Celtic-derived Cultures
Xan Sarah Chacko
(University of California, Davis) | Protective Pictures: The Role of the Image in Plant Patents
Henrique Carvalho (Birkbeck, University of London) | Drahos’s Ontological Skepticism
Omri Rachum-Twaig
(Tel Aviv University) | Genre Theory and Copyright Law: The Common Building Blocks of Creativity

12-1:30pm | Lunch

1:30-3pm | Early Career, Panel 2 | Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck, University of London) , Moderator
Monica Huerta (Duke University) | Some Singularities, Like the Human Face
Douglas O'Reagan
(University of California, Berkeley) | Technical Know-How in Postwar Business and Law
Brent Salter (Yale) | Copyright, Authority and the American Theatrical Impresario (1896-1926)

3-3:15pm | Break

3:15-5:15pm | Session 1 | Ellen Goodman (Rutgers), Moderator 

TITLE | Access and Development: The History of 'Development' and WIPO
AUTHOR | Sara Bannerman (McMaster University)
COMMENTATOR | Christopher S. Yoo (University of Pennsylvania)

TITLE | The Body as Slippery Object, 1900-2015
AUTHOR | Kara Swanson (Northeastern University)
COMMENTATOR | Rebecca Tushnet (Georgetown University)

6:30pm | Dinner (Great Hall, Penn Law School) 



9:30-10am | Breakfast

10am-12pm | Session 2 | Dina Leytes (Griesing Law, LLC), Moderator

TITLE | Lord Eldon, Lord Byron, and the Public Domain
AUTHOR | Gary Dyer (Cleveland State University)
COMMENTATOR | Simon Stern (University of Toronto)

TITLE | Jurisdictional Boundaries of Prior Use within Britain: An analysis of the House of Lords' judgments in Roebuck v Stirling (1774) and Brown v Annandale (1842)
AUTHOR | Barbara Henry (University of Hertfordshire)
COMMENTATOR | Eva Hemmungs Wirtén (Linköping University, Sweden)

12-1pm | Lunch

1-3pm | Session 3 | Marianne Dahlén (Uppsala University, Sweden), Moderator

TITLE | Design and Copyright: An Open Question?
AUTHOR | Stina Teilmann-Lock (University of Southern Denmark)
COMMENTATOR | Jessica Silbey (Northeastern University)

TITLE | Challenging The Black Box: On the Accountability of Algorithmic Law Enforcement
AUTHORS | Maayan Perel and Niva Elkin-Koren (University of Haifa)
COMMENTATOR | Maria Lillà Montagnani (Bocconi University, Italy)

3-3:15pm | Break

3:15-5:15pm | Session 4 | Traci Zimmerman (James Madison University), Moderator

TITLE | Confederate Copyright: The Role of Nationalism in Designing a Copyright Regime
AUTHOR | Shane Valenzi (Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm, Chicago)
COMMENTATOR | Shyam Balganesh (University of Pennsylvania)

TITLE | Sharing in Spirit: Kopimism and the Digital Eucharist
AUTHOR | Aram Sinnreich (American University)
COMMENTATOR | Kristofer Erickson (University of Glasgow)

5:15pm | Governing Board Meeting, English Dept Lounge, 3401 Walnut St. The meeting is open to all.

6:45pm | Dinner (Pod, 3636 Sansom St.)



9:30-10am | Breakfast

10am-12pm | Session 5 | Martin Fredriksson (Linköping University, Sweden), Moderator

TITLE | Open Source Intelligence: Counterinsurgency, State Secrets, and Small Novels
AUTHOR | Joseph Slaughter (Columbia)
COMMENTATOR | Catherine Bond (University of New South Wales)

TITLE | From Intellectual Property to Openness? On the Potentials of Literature in Printed Books and in Digital Media
AUTHOR | Thomas Ernst (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
COMMENTATOR | Michael Madison (University of Pittsburgh)

12-1:15pm | Box lunches and panel | Methodology: What should histories and theories of IP be doing? What role should interdisciplinarity play? | Martha Woodmansee (Case Western Reserve University), Moderator
Lionel Bently (Cambridge)
Kathy Bowrey
(New South Wales)
Adrian Johns
(University of Chicago)

1:15-1:30pm | Break

1:30-3:30pm | Session 6 | Josh Sarnoff (DePaul University), Moderator

TITLE | In Search of a Trade Mark: Search practices and Bureaucratic Poetry
AUTHORS | Jose Bellido and Hyo Yoon Kang (University of Kent, UK)
COMMENTATOR | Amanda Scardamaglia (Swinburne Law School)

TITLE | The Modern Expansion of Trademark Rights, and How One Forgotten Treaty Made It Possible
AUTHOR | Christine Haight Farley (American University Washington)
COMMENTATOR | Dan Hunter (Swinburne Law School)


This workshop is supported by Penn Law, the Center for Technology, Competition, and Innovation, and the Penn Cinema Studies Program.



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