Updates from the Vol 31 Launch Reception Party, 11/13

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On November 13th, at the Tarragon Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California, Volume 31 of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal held its launch reception party. The launch party was attended by members of firms Baker Botts, Foley & Lardner, Gard & Kaslow, Hopkins & Carley, and Redbrick IP; employees from companies Coursera, Crown Castle, Intuit, IP Checkups, and SAP America; students from Stanford Law School and Santa Clara University School of Law; and past and present HTLJ Journal members, editors and associates alike. The event was put together by one of our wonderful Business Editors, Ruby Bielik.

In addition to bringing practitioners and students together, a short program was held at 6:30 p.m. to bring the attendees up to date on Journal events:


On the business side – First, there are a couple of key points that the Journal’s business side is working on ensuring: to keep the Journal financially stable, to keep in touch with Journal alumni and former board members, and to make the Journal an inseparable link of the Silicon Valley high tech community and a hub facilitating the networking between local high tech start-ups and the legal profession. Subscriptions and law school allotment will continue to be financial sources for the Journal, but the capacity to diversify financing based on networking projects will ensure that the Journal is financially self-sustaining in the long run.

Subscriptions: Subscribing to the Journal has been a primary stream of revenue. The subscribing process has been streamlined by creating a form downloadable from our new website, and the Journal is in the process of strengthening subscription efforts with thank-you and renewal letters.

Royalty Licenses: Over the summer, led by our Editor-in-Chief Erica Riel-Carden, the Journal was able to renegotiate its Lexis royalty license until 2019! According to the Lexis representative, less than 10% of the 700 plus titles have a royalty associated with them!

Alumni Outreach: In an attempt to revitalize alumni networking, Erica had a team of eight associates focus on updating the Journal’s internal alumni list this semester. Big thanks to Addam Kaufman, Erika Illana, Hien Lien, Joel Hamel, Li Li, Real Yang, Sara Townsend, and Sona Makker for successfully reaching out to most of our alumni from volumes 1 through 30. We have a strong community of over 700 practitioners who want to stay in touch.

Citations: For the past several years, the Journal has used this statistic in our marketing efforts: “We have been cited in approximately 500 courts and journals across the country including 30 Federal Court Cases, 9 State Supreme Court Cases, 4 State Courts of Appeal Cases, and 1 U.S. Supreme Court Case.” As of today, the Journal has now been cited in approximately 2,800 journals (2300 more) across the country and 34 different courts including 5 more Federal Court Cases (35 total), 3 more State Supreme Court Cases (12 total). The Journal will be posting all of the cited journal articles and cases on our new website soon. Two associates, Shannon Calamia and Forest Miles, worked with Lexis, Bloomberg and Westlaw representatives to update this statistic and create a usable research strategy for many volumes ahead.

On the annual symposium Jan. 23 –  The 2015 Symposium, “Open Source in the Legal Field,” will take place on January 23, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Benson Memorial Center of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.

With Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech giants teaming up to advance open-source software, and companies like Tesla embracing the spirit of the open-source trend, legal questions abound about the uses and limitations of software licenses that allow the public to modify, re-use and profit from the source code. On January 23, the Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal will bring together prominent scholars, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to discuss Open Source in the Legal Field.

The event will feature two keynote speakers: Attorney Andrew Hall of Fenwick & West,  who will speak in the morning on “Open-Source Licensing and Business Models: Making Money by Giving It Away”; and Jono Bacon, senior director of community at XPRIZE – which is the initiative seeking to use open-source concepts and monetary prizes to solve major world problems – will speak in the afternoon about “Building Exponential Communities.”

Two concurrent tracks will follow the keynote speakers and covering areas such as:

  • Managing patent portfolio rights in an open-source landscape
  • The commercialization of open-source software
  • Trademark policies consistent with open-source culture
  • Open-source issues in the music and video game industry
  • Open source and the medical field

If you have any questions please visit our website at symposium.htlj.org

Online promotion – thus far, the Journal’s online resources have been scattered all across the web, so this year the Journal has been working to consolidate all their resources. The Journal has launched a new website at htlj.org. This website will be passed down to future Journal volumes so that the Journal will always have a central hub that stays consistent through the future, and yet is easily modifiable by future volumes as they see fit for their purposes. As Santa Clara University has just recently started their own department dealing with online promotion by school organizations, the Journal will open communications with that department to make sure our goals and interests align.

In addition to consolidating web presence, the Journal also wants to expand visibility. The Journal’s is starting to use twitter more frequently as a tool for broadcasting news and engaging with the members of the IP community. Check us out @SCHTLJ.

On the articles preview – The Journal currently ranks #4 for IP on Washington and Lee Journal Rankings and #5 for Science & Technology on ExpressO for Author Submissions.

The Journal’s Issue 1 of Volume 31 will feature four articles: A New Model of Co-Regulation for Adapting to Technology-Facilitated Shared Economies by Bryant Cannon and Hannah Chung; Funding Innovation: Regulating Startup Financing by Kevin Laws and Zeb Zankel; Current Law and Potential Legal Issues Pertaining to Automated, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles by William J. Kohler  and Alexander Colbert-Taylor; Data Caps: Creating Artificial Scarcity as a Way Around Network Neutrality By Robert Klein.

On the comments side – The Journal has changed our write on to include something that may be useful to our online journal and make it more of a meaningful assignment for associates. Candidates wrote a 4-6 page paper on a recent court case which may also be relevant to practioners. The candidates who did an exceptional job will have their papers published on our online journal.

The top scores for the summer casenotes were Christopher McKinley and Karly Roberson. For the fall candidate application, the top scores came from Michael Morey and Zerina Curevac. Congratulations to them and all of the Journal’s excellent associates!
On the production side – A short update here (as all of the production members are on a tight schedule) – Journal associate Brian Wood had his abstract selected for Zeb Zenkel’s article. Production also expects to finish up Issue 1 before this winter break, so be on the lookout for that.