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Dec 06
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration and Refreshments
09:00 - 09:40 40 mins
Licensing, litigation and negotiation strategies in the (information) technology industry
  • Corporate Patent & Licensing Strategies: Core (Primary) Technologies, Ancillary (Secondary) Technologies, 3rd Party Technologies; Litigation vs. Negotiation; Patent Pools & Cross-Licensing
  • Corporate Strategy Examples: Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, etc. (including IBM)
  • IP & AI: Current industry status
  • Dr Alesch Staehelin - Partner, TIMES Attorneys
09:40 - 10:20 40 mins
Complications of 5G: the Next Wave of Patent Disputes?
  • James Beveridge - Counsel, ACT- The App Association
11:00 - 11:20 20 mins
Networking Refreshments
11:20 - 12:00 40 mins
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?
  • Adrian Howes - Head of IP and Standards, Nokia
  • Roya Ghafele - Director, OxFirst
  • Jimmy Ahlberg - Defensive IPR Strategist, Ericsson
  • Axel Ferrazzini - Managing Director, 4iP Council
12:00 - 12:50 50 mins
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?
  • Earl Nied - Program Director of Standards and IPR, Intel
  • Daniel Hermele - Barrister and IPR Consultant, Formerly of Qualcomm
12:50 - 13:50 60 mins
Networking Lunch
13:50 - 14:30 40 mins
Implementation of the Communication from the Commission Setting Out the EU Approach on SEPs: Where Do We Stand One Year Later?
  • Transparency on SEPs exposure 
  • SEP licensing negotiation 
  • Enforcement
  • Open source
  • Adrian Howes - Head of IP and Standards, Nokia
  • Ief Daems - Legal Director Antitrust, Cisco
14:30 - 15:10 40 mins
Views From the US on SEPs & FRAND and How Will It Affect You
  • Recent case law
  • Future developments and their effect on the European market
  • Ken Adamo - Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
15:10 - 15:50 40 mins
The Role of National Courts in Addressing Conduct During Licensing Negotiations of SEPs Through Procedural Rules
  • 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?
  • Professor Peter Picht - Professor, Zurich University
15:50 - 16:10 20 mins
Networking Refreshments
16:10 - 16:50 40 mins
Market Fragmentation of Global Industries: the Potential Resulting Impacts of Trade Sanctions in the IP Environment

Although the US sanctions against ZTE have since be revoked, the impacts have been felt by all engaged in business with ZTE – particularly where ZTE is a licensee of IP. For the telecommunications industry, which is global, licensing of US assets to ZTE either stopped or became fragmented to US Patents and Rest of the World. The disruption to business has been felt by US industry and any holder of US patents. Since a trade war is currently ongoing and such measures might be used again, this scenario should be analysed.

  • Koenraad Wuyts - Chief Intellectual Property Officer, KPN
16:50 - 17:05 15 mins
Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference