Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Component-Level SEP Licensing Conference -- Brussels, 12 November 2019 -- Program & Registration

As promised, here's the detailed program for FOSS Patents' Chipset-Level SEP Licensing conference, which will be held at the Sofitel Le Louise hotel in Brussels on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. (There will soon be news regarding a similar event in Northern California in mid-January.)

You can find the program as well as ticket registration forms on the EventBrite page for this conference. For your convenience, the conference program is included below. The names of the moderators and panelists will be announced soon.

08:30 AMRegistration & Reception
09:00 AMIntroductory Session
Patent exhaustion and attempted workarounds
Technical aspects of embodiment of patented invention by component
10:00 AM"All Comers" Or Not? Access to Licenses Under Contract Laws
The ETSI FRAND declarations and the licensability positions taken in litigation
Summary judgment in FTC v. Qualcomm based on ATIS and TIA FRAND pledges
10:30 AMMorning Coffee Break
11:00 AMPatent Licensing: Implications for Business
Seeking component-level licenses: experiences from the field
Patent royalties in the IoT industry: an economics perspective
12:30 PMLunch
01:30 PMThe 2019 FTC v. Qualcomm Ruling: Key Holdings, Next Steps, Global Impact
Judge Lucy H. Koh's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and remedial orders
Procedural road map
Consistent and conflicting earlier decisions by U.S. courts
Could Judge Koh's reasoning be adopted under Art. 102 TFEU?
03:00 PMAfternoon Coffee Break
03:30 PMAntitrust Complaints Over Component-Level Licensing
EU antitrust complaints over SEP licensing
Continental antitrust lawsuit against Avanci
04:00 PMBonus Session: Access to Injunctive Relief
Evolution of national case law on SEP injunctions since Huawei v. ZTE
The proportionality requirement under the EU enforcement directive
State of play in the German patent reform debate
05:00 PMReception

Again, the signup page is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/component-level-sep-licensing-tickets-74853834835.

In May I had already written about this idea. After further thought--and discussions that led, among other things, to the inclusion of the "bonus session" on injunctive relief--the conference program took its current shape. Brussels, the de facto capital of the EU, turned out to be the most logical location for the European edition of this conference.

Component-level licensing is presently the single hottest topic relating to standard-essential patents (SEPs). I stepped forward a few months ago because I thought the time was ripe for a conference that would focus on this aspect of SEP licensing. I look forward to welcoming many of you on November 12, and to interesting presentations and discussions!

For questions relating to the conference, please don't hesitate to contact me at fosspatents@gmail.com.

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