Professor Sonia Katyal to Deliver the 10th Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property 

The lecture will be held online October 28, 2021 at 6:oopm
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Prof. Sonia Katyal

PIJIP’s Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property Law is named in recognition of the continuing contributions of Professor Peter A. Jaszi to the study of intellectual property at WCL, in the world at large, and in particular for his lasting contributions to the elevation of the public interest in intellectual property discourse.

This year, Berkeley Law Professor Sonia Katyal will deliver the lecture, titled "The Commercial Counterpublic."

About the Lecture

The Commercial Counterpublic - For years, commercial speech has been on a collision course with political speech. Nowhere is this more apparent than the world of intellectual property law, which has become even more fraught after a series of recent Supreme Court decisions that have embraced First Amendment values over the protection of intellectual property.  In this talk, I develop a theory that situates these recent cases as part of a growing trend of counterpublic discourse that develops in parallel to mainstream public spheres, enabling subordinated social groups to circulate oppositional interpretations of their identities.  Using the notion of counterpublic intellectual properties as a lens, this talk attempts to show how these cases – and the inequities that follow from them -- may produce an even greater discord between the marketplace of goods and ideas as a result. 

About the Speaker

Berkeley Law Professor Katyal’s current projects focus on artificial intelligence and intellectual property; the intersection between the right to information and human rights; trademark law and branding; and a variety of projects on the intersection between museums, cultural property, and new media. As a member and chair of the university-wide Haas LGBT Cluster, Professor Katyal also works on matters regarding law, gender, and sexuality.

Professor Katyal has won several awards for her work, including an honorable mention in the American Association of Law Schools Scholarly Papers Competition, Best Intellectual Property Articles award, a Yale Cybercrime Award, and twice received a Dukeminier Award from the Williams Project at UCLA for her writing on gender and sexuality.