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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
Keynote: Patent Pools in the Era of the “Internet of Things”: a Fine Line Between Collusion, Market Power and Efficiencies
09:40 - 10:20 40 mins
The Interplay Between AI and Standardisation
  • What is the current state of the market for AI-based products and services?
  • Push and Pull - what are promising topics for standardization? 
  • Data Markets and Standards
  • Paul Gagnon - General Counsel, Element AI
  • Ryan Abbott - Professor of Law, University of Surrey
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
12:00 - 12:40 40 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
12:40 - 13:40 60 mins
Networking Lunch
13:40 - 14:20 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
  • Kerry Miller - Head of IP Regulatory Affairs, Nokia
14:20 - 15:00 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?
  • Peter Picht - Professor, Zurich University
15:00 - 15:40 40 mins
The Thin Line Between Technical and Commercial Considerations During the Standardization Process
  • Standard-setting organizations 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
  • 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?
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
Networking Refreshments
16:00 - 16:40 40 mins
Complications of 5G: the Next Wave of Patent Disputes?
16:40 - 17:20 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
17:20 - 17:35 15 mins
Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference