Prior IP events at TAU Law include:


December 2017


Educational institutions have always been involved in copyright matters, as producers of copyrighted material, publishers, and users. Changing patterns of teaching—from analogue to digital, from in-class to remote teaching, changes in the academic publishing industry—the continuous concentration of the global market and rising increase in costs, together with various licensing practices, as well as changes in the law—have in recent years resulted in direct conflicts. 
In the United States, foreign publishers challenged Georgia State University’s use of electronic copies; in India, foreign publishers challenged Delhi University’s photocopy practices; in Israel, a local publisher challenged the Hebrew University’s photocopying practices, and in Canada, a publishers’ collective organization challenged York University’s practices. Typically, fair use / fair dealing lies at the heart of such litigation. Yet, at the same time, these legal suits meet counter-measures, such as research foundations’ new requirements that the research they fund is published in open access forms, various jurisdictions consider legislative reforms, and we witness mega pirate libraries, such as SciHub. The one-day conference will discuss these cases and challenges. 



November 2017


Horowitz Institute for Intellectual Property at the Faculty of Law that is represented by a delegation of 11 students and Dr. Amir Khoury will participate in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Annual Study Conference, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland (27-29) November 2017. The conference that is geared towards law students, will include a series of lectures by WIPO officials, and will address a range of intellectual property issues. In the course of the conference a workshop will be held in which the students will participate. The students will prepare and present memos pertaining to legal matters that will influence and affect future intellectual property laws and regulation. The issues dealt with will include 3D print, as well as Artificial Intelligence. The students will examine these issues and their anticipated ramifications on creativity and innovation. 





Artificial Intelligence and Information Rights – Prof. Oren Bracha – Texas Law Faculty- University of Texas Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the cutting edge of social and technological development. This technology is expected to bring about far-reaching social changes. Law as a reflection of society and as a social engineering instrument will have to face a variety of challenges emerging out of this new socio-technological reality. Because AI is both information and  information-producer, information law is a central point of intersection between the technology and the law. The resultant questions are some of the most challenging faced by law for over a century. The lecture focuses on two of these questions: How should information law handle private rights pertaining to technology of public-control? And how should we shape legal rights in technological inventions or expressive works created by intelligent machines?



May 2017


Parallel Imports: On Exhaustion in Present Times and in Light of Future Challenges - In the global world, cross-border trade has become an essential component of business. Furthermore, information regarding products and markets, has also become global and accessible. This in turn has facilitated parallel imports. Parallel imports, which do not involve imitations or counterfeits of products, have increased by circumventing authorized importers and / or regular marketing channels.As such, the parallel import allows the introduction of products to a particular country, taking advantage of the pricing gaps between the place of purchase of the product and its final place of sale.At first glance, such a practice should be commended for increasing supply and thereby reducing the price that the end consumer pays.

However, the "official importers" will probably be hurt financially by the multitude of products on the market that they did not import. The parallel import challenges the interface between intellectual property laws and trade considerations. The question here is : Can parallel imports be restricted by intellectual property laws?

In this round table event we shall examine the issue of parallel imports from a number of aspects, including legislative, business, regulatory and international, as well as the consumer-importer relationship in the virtual world. 



Intellectual Property Policies and Practices in Israeli Universities and Research Institutes

May 16   - Intellectual Property Policies and Practices in Israeli Universities and Research Institutes 

Keynote by Prof. Daniel Zajfman, President Weizmann Institute of Science

May 17   - Commercializing Academic IP 




January 2017


Book Event-Owning ideas the intellectual origins of American intellectual Property 1790-1909




May 2016


Book Launch Event: From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print

Book Launch Event: From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print, By Neil Weinstock Netanel, UCLA Law School


Video Documentation


SHIIP Roundtable: Online Copyright Infringements - How can the law deal with mass-online infringements? 
In September 2016, the Ministry of Justice circulated a draft of an amendment to the Copyright Act, that would add various enforcement mechanisms, including a new definition of “infringing online copy”, a procedure to order ISPs to block access to suspect websites, a procedure to unmask anonymous users, and the criminalization of some actions. SHIIP will hold a round table to discuss the proposed bill.

Background material (in Hebrew)



April 2016


Inventions Made for Hire
Who owns an invention made by an employee in the course of her employment? Can the employer require the employee to give up all IP rights in such inventions ex ante?

Discussion Summary (Heb)


Inauguration Event



March 2016


Keynote speakers will include the Director General of WIPO, Mr. Francis Gurry, and Prof. Nili Cohen, President of the Israeli Academy for Science and Humanities.

Invitation (Heb)

Thank you for your interest in the S. Horovitz Institute for Intellectual  Property in Memory of Dr. Amnon Goldenberg  Inauguration Event .

Unfortunately we are fully booked.

We would be happy to see you in our future events..

Video Documentation


Legal Design



January 7, 2016


A new Design Bill is pending in the Knesset. The new law will replace the 1924 British Design Act. One of the new rules addresses typeface (fonts): The Bill would relocate their legal defense under the law of design, rather than copyright.

Invitation (Heb)

Background material (Heb)

Discussion Summary (Heb)


Oxford Handbook on IP



December 2015


SHIIP (TAU Law) and the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy (NYU Law) held a two-day workshop devoted to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook, edited by Rochelle Dreyfuss (NYU) and Justine Pila (Oxford). The Workshop took take place on December 7-8, at TAU Law.

To access the articles, please see here


British-Israeli Fair Copyright Workshop @ TAU Law: Limitations and Exceptions



January 2014


The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law co-hosted with the Friends of Israel Educational Foundation's Academic Study Group and Yad Hanadiv, hosted a British-Israeli workshop on fair use of copyright law.  The conference span both theoretical and practical research on copyright laws in Israel and the UK, and included lectures by Lionel Bently (Cambridge), Emily Hudson (Oxford), Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow), Jonathan Griffiths (Queen Mary University of London), Ilanah Fhima (UCL), Jose Bellido (Birkbank), Tanya Aplin (KCL), Stavroula Karapapa (Reading).

Short Description (PDF).



Copyright Culture, Copyright History , Cegla Conference



January 2010


This conference focused on two interrelated aspects of copyright law, which have received less attention: cultural and historical analysis.  By cultural analysis, we mean the many ways in which copyright law reflects modes of cultural production and shapes the legal environment in which such production occurs. The cultural reading of copyright law seeks first to decipher the law and unpack its legal terms so to figure out the law’s underlying and hidden assumptions as to the creative process, and second to explore the legal feedback, i.e., whether the law enables or limits new modes of production.  The task is to question the interrelation of law and culture through the prism of copyright law, which in a sense, is the law of culture.

The conference resulted in a special issue of Theoretical Inquiries in Law.


May 2016


Parallel Import: Exhausting the Current Law and Future Challenges


November 2017


The Moral Limits of Intellectual Property

Should intellectual property law protect any type of work, invention and trademark, even if they are immoral? The various IP laws respond differently to the issue. Israeli trademark law has an explicit rule against the registration of trademarks that violate public order. Copyright law does not have a similar rule, and indeed, pornographic content was found in at least on Israeli case to be a protected work under copyright law. This round table explored the threshold question of morality and IP: should we take into consideration such issues at all, and the particular considerations within each field. (heb)



April 2018


Intellectual Property and 3D Printers

3D printers may replace the home production of certain products. In this sense, the new technology challenges current patterns and practices of production, consumption and branding. How does IP law play in, in this changing picture? Are the producers of 3D printers liable for end-user’s infringing activity? What about a 3D printing facility, offering printing services? This round table explored the implications of 3D printers on design law, copyright law, and more generally, the ways IP law can deal with rapidly changing patterns of creativity and consumption. (heb)


May  2018


This Book draws a picture of possible new spaces for copyright. It expands on whether modern copyright law should be more flexible

as to whether new or unconventional forms of expression – including graffiti, tattoos, land art, conceptual art and bio art, engineered

DNA, sport movements, jokes, magic tricks, dj-sets, perfume making, typeface, illegal and immoral works – deserve protection.(Invitation)




June 2018


 Access to Medicine: Patents and Saving Lives

Our annual event will focus on this crucial issue, at the intersection of health policy and patent law. Our keynote speaker is Supreme Court Justice, Prof. Ofer Groskopf, followed by a discussion by top patent lawyers, Tal Band and Richard Luthi, and Ms. Roni Linder-Ganz, health affairs reporter at TheMarker. (heb)



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