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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 - 5.30pm
Location: 
Emmanuel College, Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Professor Oren Bracha (William C. Conner Chair in Law, The University of Texas, Austin)

Title: 'Physicalism in Intellectual Property'. 

Abstract: It is a universal truism that the subject matter of modern intellectual property law is intangible information. Yet the field is haunted by a stubborn specter of physicalism. Time and again, courts and commentators engage in reasoning that relies on physicalist and quasi-physicalist assumptions or fails to absorb the implications of the intangible object of property. This happens in a wide variety of contexts, spanning from the patentability of DNA sequences to copyright infringement by training Generative Artificial Intelligence systems. The lecture explores persisting physicalism in intellectual property law, diagnoses its sources, and argues that we should go beyond it.

This is an invitation-only event. If you would like an invitation, please contact the CIPIL Administrator at: cipil@law.cam.ac.uk

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