Intellectual Property (Issue 11, 2011)

LawThe La Trobe University School of Law will host the Third Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law. The three-day meeting of minds from academia, government, not-for-profits and industry runs from 29-31 May.

The theme, Re-envisioning progress: Pluralistic visions of intellectual property in a globalised, digitised era will focus on identifying new and innovative ways of thinking about the value of intellectual property and new media.

Held at the Melbourne Business School in Carlton, the conference will explore how heavy-handed enforcement of intellectual property rights could put a stop to innovation across all sectors. Speakers will look beyond utilitarian rationales for intellectual property protection and take account of diverse constituencies and new technological realities.

‘We hope to help chart a new path where intellectual property law can exist dynamically alongside innovation rather than working against it,’ says Professor Danielle Conway from La Trobe University’s School of Law.

The conference features academics from around the world and is open to the public. All of the panels will be chaired by leaders in communications law including the heads of La Trobe’s School of Law, Professor Paula Baron and founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Centre at Drake University Law School Professor Peter Yu.

The conference is a cooperative effort of La Trobe University School of Law, Drake University Law School, the University of Louisville School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, the University of Turku Faculty of Law, and the IPR University Center in Finland. 

Additional co-sponsors include the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, State Government Victoria – Koori Business Network, and the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre. 

To view conference materials and register, visit