Draft CICL 2018 – 10th-Year Anniversary-Notes

Bocconi University School of Law, Milan, Italy. (3-4 May, 2018)

On May 3-4, 2018, the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law joined a consortium of U.S. and European law schools in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Conference on Innovation and Communications Law (CICL).

Titled “IP for the Future: Innovation, Communication and Technology Management,” this year’s conference was held at the School of Law at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. The event was organized by the ASK (Art, Science, Knowledge) Centre for Research on Management and Economics of Arts and Culture Institutions, under the direction of Associate Professor Maria Lillà Montagnani.

Professor Peter K. Yu, director of CLIP, chaired the opening session on “Internet Governance, Fundamental Rights and Platforms’ Interests.” That session featured presentations from two other conference co-founders, Professor John Cross of the University of Louisville and Professor Katja Lindroos of the University of Eastern Finland.

Professor Yu (far right) presented his forthcoming article on “Data Producer’s Right” at the 2018 Conference on Innovation and Communications Law (CICL) at the School of Law at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.
(Photo Courtesy: Professor Lucas Osborn of Campbell University)


On the second day, Professor Yu presented his latest research on the new EU proposal on the data producer’s right. Forthcoming from the Tulane Law Review, his article examines the strengths and weaknesses of efforts to create new sui generis right to protect the producers of machine-generated data. The article also explores the implications of such protection for the United States and other parts of the world.


Professor Saurabh Vishnubhakat, a noted patent law expert who holds a joint appointment at the School of Law and the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, also presented his paper on “Patent Powers in India.” The paper explored patent validity decision-making in India through the lens of court-agency substitution in the U.S. patent system.

Professor Vishnubhakat (far right) presented his paper on “Patent Powers in India.”
(Photo Courtesy: Laura Zoboli of Bocconi University)

Professor Yu (standing) chairs the opening session “Internet Governance, Fundamental Rights and Platforms’ Interests” with Professors Lindroos and Cross (far left and far right), Dr. Ulla-Maija Mylly of the University of Turku (second left), the institutional host of the inaugural conference in 2008, and two Ph.D. students.
(Photo Courtesy: Laura Zoboli of Bocconi University)

Yu’s fellow co-founders shared his excitement about the conference’s progression and promising future.

“Every year I look at the programme, I find that CICL participants from previous years have returned and have solicited new colleagues to join the conference,” said Professor Lindroos. “Our annual open call for papers has drawn new scholars from across the globe. After our first successful international conference in Finland in 2008, I could not imagine that the CICL Network would span five continents going into its second decade.”

Professors Yu, Mezei, Corbett and Lindroos (left to right) at the CICL Co-Founders Awards Ceremony.
(Photo Courtesy: Laura Zoboli of Bocconi University)

To celebrate the event’s tenth anniversary, the conference co-founders presented awards to two active participants who have made outstanding contributions to both the CICL community and the field of innovation and communications law.


Closing conference dinner in Milan with the event’s host, Associate Professor Montagnani (far right).
(Photo Courtesy: Laura Zoboli of Bocconi University)

Program of the conference