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Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th December 2018
The Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge,
London, UK

Standards & Patents - 12th Annual Conference

Avoid costly mistakes by staying on top of changes to standards, FRAND licensing, competition, litigation, and the future of SEP in the IoT

Discover the latest on AI, Open Source, and the future of patents from leading in-house authorities, top external counsel, IP management experts, and renowned judges

Just some of the unmissable sessions at this year's Standards & Patents conference:

Open Source and Standardization
  • Assessing means of cooperation with open source communities for the testing and implementation of standards
  • Ensuring that there is no ‘contamination’ of the rights of IP owners who contribute their technology to the development of standards
  • What are good licensing practices for using different types of IP to develop and implement standards?
The Role of National Courts in Addressing Conduct Through Procedural Rules During SEP Licensing Negotiations
  • Assessing unreasonable conduct during negotiations
  • A change in watchdog- from competition law to court discretion
  • US courts are using exemplary damages and treble damages to address bad conduct (SRI International v. Cisco; LG v. Core Wireless).  Are courts in other jurisdictions responding in a similar manner?
IoT Licensing Issues Every Tech-Enabled Company Faces

The Internet of Things has caused licensing and litigation in nearly every jurisdiction, across industries, involving companies of all sizes. A massive uptick in litigation across the automotive industry cannot be ignored. The explosion of small, innovative tech companies has changed the face of the consumer and business technology market. 5G will send much of what we know back to square one. In a unique panel, we will be bringing together IoT experts from across major verticals to discuss the issues affecting everyone in one of the world's busiest areas.

Technical and Commercial Considerations During the Standardization Process
  • Some standard-setting organisations are seeking to have a guarantee on the commercial conditions for IPRs which are the subject of a proposed technical standard yet to be approved. Others argue we need certainty about the conditions before setting out the agreement
  • Limitations to assessment based on technical merit under competition law
  • To what extent can and should commercial considerations be taken into account in an SDO’s technical standard approval process?
Governance in SDOs
  • The need to address good governance and due process- what is the most effective avenue to have these issues addressed?
  • The TBT Agreement sets out the 6 principles for the setting of standards, which also includes overall governance of standardisation bodies.  What more can be done to improve governance?
  •  Would the adoption of the OECD Principles of Good Governance by SDOs help better ensure decisions are being made in the best interests of standards bodies rather than short-term business interests?
Other Sessions Include:
  • FRAND and RAND -- Latest Court & Arbitration Cases
  • Striking a Balance Between the Need to Protect Confidential Information in SEP Negotiations and the Non-discrimination Obligation Pursuant to FRAND Commitments
  • Competition Law Aspects of FRAND & RAND

  • Views From the US on SEPs & FRAND and How Will It Affect You


Venue

Introducing this year's exciting venue...

The Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge

17 Sloane St, 

Knightsbridge,

London 

SW1X 9NU

Phone: 020 7235 4377