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Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things

26 May 2022–27 May 2022, 9:00 am–4:30 pm

UCL Patents in Telecoms

The UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law announces their 6th conference on Patents in Telecoms - in London on 26 & 27 May 2022. The conference is a unique gathering of industry, the judiciary and regulators, providing attendees with unique insights into the latest market developments, globally, with networking opportunities throughout.

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Location

Beveridge Hall
Senate House, University of London, Malet Place
London
WC1E 7HU

Organised by Professor Sir Robin Jacob with James Marshall (Taylor Wessing), the key topics of the conference include:

  • Who should decide FRAND terms when parties cannot agree?
  • Getting to FRAND – Patent Assertion and Defence Strategies
  • Global FRAND determinations: What can the courts do to avoid Forum Shopping and irreconcilable decisions?
  • Are the IP Policies of Standardisation Bodies striking the right balance?
  • Licensing in the Automotive Industry
  • FRAND Determination Methodologies: Principles, procedure, and problems I
  • FRAND Determination Methodologies: Principles, procedure, and problems II
  • Joint licensing, patent pools, and licensing agencies
  • Are standard rates possible?
  • Judges’ Panel

 * Agenda below correct at 18 May 22 and subject to change.
Only fully confirmed speakers are listed in the programme.

 

The Agenda - Day 1
TimeTopic
08:15Registration
09:00

Welcome: 
Professor Michael Spence AC, President & Provost, UCL

09:05KEYNOTE: The IPR Landscape
Sir Robin Jacob
(Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of IP, UCL / Director, UCL IBIL)
09:15

Session 1 - Who should decide FRAND terms when parties cannot agree?
Moderator: Warren Lipschitz (McKool Smith)

  • Courts, arbitral panel or something else entirely?
  • Can anything be done a priori to compel the use of arbitration to resolve differences between negotiating parties?
  • What are the key terms in a FRAND arbitration agreement?

Session Keynote:
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Arnold (Court of Appeal, UK)

Speakers:
1.   Christian Loyau (ETSI)
2.   Ignacio de Castro  (WIPO) 
3.   Eeva Hakoranta (InterDigital)
4.   Randall Rader (former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

10:25

Session 2: Getting to FRAND – Patent Assertion and Defence Strategies
Moderator: James Marshall (Taylor Wessing)

  • Where, and under what circumstances can an anti-suit injunction be granted and when should anti-anti-suit injunctions be sought?
  • Final injunctions for infringement of SEPs – where are the courts more likely to grant them?   
  • What is "willingness" and is it working?
  • Which jurisdictions are preferred and why? Should one or several be engaged?
  • Do interim injunctions have a place?

Speakers:
1.    Juliane Buchinski (ZTE)
2.    Robert Earle (Ericsson)
3.    Prof. Bowman Heiden (Center for Intellectual Property (CIP))
4.    Clemens Heusch (Nokia)

11:30Refreshments
12:00

Session 3: Global FRAND determinations: What can the courts do to avoid Forum Shopping and irreconcilable decisions?
Moderator: Otto Licks (Licks Attorneys)

  • What should happen when the parties cannot agree on forum for determining FRAND?
  • Do traditional ideas of forum non-conveniens work in the context of global FRAND determinations?
  • Are the courts across the world approaching this in a uniform way?
  • How big a problem is this it in practice and what is to be done?

Speakers
1.    Daniel Alexander QC (8 New Square Chambers)
2.    Kevin Scott (Philips Intellectual Property & Standards)
3.    Julia Dias (Huawei)

13:00Lunch
14:00

KEYNOTE:
Fabian Gonnell (Senior Vice President, Licensing Strategy & Legal Counsel, Qualcomm)

14:35

Session 4: Are the IP Policies of Standardisation Bodies striking the right balance?
Moderator: Kathleen Fox Murphy (EIP)

  • How do different policies vary and what are the practical effects?  
  • What changes should be made?

Speakers:
1.    Monica Magnusson (Ericsson)
2.    Ruben Schellingerhout (European Commission - DG Trade)
3.    Dr Nikolaus Thumm (Technical University Berlin)
4.    Charles Eloshway (USPTO)

15:35Keynote:
Tim Moss CBE (Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the Intellectual Property Office)
15:45Refreshment break
16:15KEYNOTE:
Alan Fan
(Huawei)
16:30

Session 5: Licensing IP in the Automotive Industry
Moderator: Dietrich Kamlah (Taylor Wessing Germany)

  • As the auto industry incorporates new technologies including many telecom technologies, will more responsibility be placed on the auto industry's IP teams?  
  • How is the traditional indemnity relationship between OEMs and their supply chains withstanding the increasing need to license technology developed outside of the auto industry?
  • Predictions for the future of SEP licensing in the auto industry?

Speakers:
1.    Lyle Ellis (Arrival)
2.    Steve Faraji (Audi)
3.    Laurie Fitzgerald (Avanci)
4.    David Yurkerwich (Ankura)

17:35Wrap up by Sir Robin jacob
17:45Reception
19:00End of Day 1

 

The Agenda - Day 2
TimeTopic
08:30Registration and refreshments
09:00

Session 6: FRAND Determination Methodologies: Principles, procedure, and problems I
Moderator: Gary Moss (EIP)

  • Disclosure of comparable licences – in which fora?
  • Safeguards and transparency involving competition authorities
  • What makes a good comparable?  
  • How is "ND" being applied?

Speakers
1.    Prof. Jorge Contreras (U. of Utah)
2.    Brian Napper (Ocean Tomo)
3.    Isabella Fu (Microsoft)
4.    Pio Suh (IPCom)

10:00

Session 7: FRAND Determination Methodologies: Principles, procedure, and problems II
Moderator: Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon)

  • Essentiality ratios for numerator and denominator – can the courts realistically approach this in any way other than to assume they are the same and, if so, how?  
  • Should there be date cut-offs in top down and if so what is the right approach?
  • Are all SEPs equal or are some more equal than others?
  • Does validity come into it?

Speakers
1.     Dr Avantika Chowdbury (Oxera)
2.     Keith Mallinson (WiseHarbor)
3.     Tim Pohlmann (IPlytics)
4.     Prof. Mark Schankerman (LSE)

11:00Networking break
11:20

Session 8: Joint licensing, patent pools, and licensing agencies
Moderator: Heinz Goddar (Boehmert & Boehmert)

  • Who is looking after the small licensees?
  • How to fairly divide revenues among licensors?

Speakers
1.   Marcello Dini (Sisvel)
2.   Marianne Frydenlund (Nordic Semiconductor)
3.   Dr Sophie Pasquier (Philips)
4.   Georg Kreuz (Huawei)

12:20

KEYNOTE:
Susanna Martikainen (Vice President Mobile Devices Licensing, Nokia)

12:40Lunch
13:40

Session 9: Are standard rates possible?
Moderator: Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of IP Law, UCL)

  • What can we learn from the copyright tribunal?
  • Achieving efficiencies in fair licencing of large portfolios?
  • What can we learn from history?
  • Collective negotiations by implementers and the use of patent pools

Speakers
1.   Luke McLeroy (Avanci)
2.   Uwe Wiesner (Volkswagen)
3.   Dr Igor Nikolic (European University Institute)
4.   Prof. Adam Mossoff (George Mason University)

14:30

Session 10: Judges’ Panel
Moderator: Prof. Sir Robin Jacob (Sir Hugh Laddie Professor of IP Law, UCL)

Speakers:
1.    The Rt Hon Lord Justice Birss (Court of Appeal, UK)
2.    Judge Rodney Gilstrap (US District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, USA)
3.    Judge KONG Liming (IP Court, Supreme People’s Court of China)
4.    Judge Dr Peter Tochtermann (Regional Court, Mannheim, Germany)

15:40Closing Remarks
Sir Robin Jacob
16:00End of Conference

 

The Keynote Speakers

Fabian Gonnell (Qualcomm)
Fabian Gonell - Senior Vice President, Licensing Strategy and Legal Counsel, Qualcomm
Fabian Gonell is Senior Vice President, Licensing Strategy and Legal Counsel of Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing division, where his responsibilities include developing the Company’s licensing strategy, negotiating license agreements, and overseeing the company’s compliance with the rules of standards organizations. He has played a major role in structuring and negotiating license agreements with many of Qualcomm’s licensees, including Apple, Samsung, LGE, Ericsson, and Nokia/Microsoft, as well as in Qualcomm’s response to regulatory investigations of Qualcomm’s licensing practices.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Mr. Gonell was a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, where he represented Qualcomm and other clients in patent and antitrust litigation. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Fordham University School of Law, where he taught courses in interviewing, counseling and negotiation. Mr. Gonell holds a BA in Economics from the City University of New York and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Law Review

Susanna Martikainen (Nokia)
Susanna Martikainen - Vice-President, Mobile Devices Licensing, Nokia

Susanna Martikainen is vice president of mobile devices licensing at Nokia, where she leads the company’s smartphone patent licensing program. Built on its leadership in R&D over many years, Nokia has one of the industry’s broadest and strongest patent portfolios with around 20,000 patent families and over 4,000 patent families declared as essential to 5G. Nokia has more than 200 licensees across all its programs, including most of the leading smartphone OEMs, and reported licensing revenues of around €1.5 billion in 2021.

During her 20-year career at Nokia, Ms. Martikainen has played a major role in structuring and negotiating patent license agreements with many major licensees, and managed complex enforcement projects including large-scale FRAND arbitrations. Susanna is also involved in IP strategy, business development, transactions and regulatory matters.

Ms. Martikainen has a master's degree in law from Helsinki University.

Tim Moss (UK IPO)
Tim Moss, CBE – Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the Intellectual Property Office
Tim took up post as Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) on 1 May 2017.
As CEO of the IPO Tim is responsible for advising Ministers on all IP policy matters and for the operation of the Office, which grants some 10,351 patents, 139,849 national trade marks and 54,860 Design registrations (2020/21 financial year).

Tim came to the IPO from Companies House where he was the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales and Chief Executive (March 2012- April 2017).  He worked at Companies House from 2002 where he held many senior positions within the organisation. His extensive work portfolio included leading on the digital agenda, operational delivery, business strategy and corporate policy.  Tim also held the position of president of the Corporate Registers Forum (an association of over 60 registries worldwide) from 2013 to 2017. Tim’s career also includes 12 years in senior operational roles in the manufacturing industry; he has a Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Swansea University and lives on a farm in South Wales and is married with two children.  He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to the economy and the people of Swansea.

 

Prof. Sir Robin Jacob
Professor Sir Robin Jacob (Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, University College London).

Having read Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge, Sir Robin then simultaneously read for the Bar and took an LLB from the LSE. He was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1965. He practiced at the Intellectual Property Bar from 1967. From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for Government departments in intellectual property. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. His practice took him abroad often (Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, USA, Australia). He was appointed to the Bench in 1993. From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003. In the Court of Appeal he regularly sat on both IP and commercial cases. He formally retired from the Court of Appeal in May 2011 to take up his current appointment. He continued to sit from time to time in Court of Appeal until April 2016. He acts as an arbitrator, mediator and expert witness both in IP and commercial cases. He is a member of the following arbitral bodies LCIA, the ICC, SIAC, KLRC and HKIAC.

He is Hon. Fellow of the LSE, an Hon. Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, an Hon. LlD of the University of Wolverhampton, Governor of the LSE, Hon. President of the UK branch of the Licensing Executive Society, Hon. President of the Association of Law Teachers, a member of the Advisory Board of the European Law Centre of King’s College London and Chairman of the Advisory Panel on the appointment and training of judges of the Unified Patent Court. He was a Governor of the Expert Witness Institute from its foundation until 2004 and is now a Governor again. He was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in IP award by MIP in 2012. He was a member of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the European Patent Office during its existence. He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property. He often lectures, mainly on IP topics, both in the UK and abroad and is regularly consulted on IP matters by the European Commission and the UK government. He is President of the Intellectual Property Judges’ Association (the association of European IP, particularly patent, judges). He was Chairman of the Advisory Panel on the Selection and Training of Judges for the forthcoming Unitary Patent Court until the UK withdrew from the project.

 

The Speakers

Daniel Alexander QC
Daniel Alexander QC 8 New Square Chambers
Daniel Alexander QC is a barrister with a practice covering all areas of IP. He has acted in some of the leading FRAND cases (technical, jurisdictional and licensing aspects) for SEP owners and for implementers.  He has degrees from Oxford (physics and philosophy) and Harvard Law School. He is currently head of 8 New Square Chambers, London, and was previously chair of the Intellectual Property Bar Association.  He sits as a deputy judge in the High Court, as well as on specialist trade mark appeals and as an arbitrator in disputes involving licensing of IP rights. Daniel is an author or co-author of several IP books and papers, among them leading practitioners' works on patents and copyrights. He was a visiting professor of law at UCL involved in the establishment of IBIL.

Sir Richard Arnold
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Arnold
Sir Richard Arnold read Chemistry at the University of Oxford before being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1985. He specialised in intellectual property law and became a QC in 2000. He was Chairman of the Code of Practice for the Promotion of Animal Medicines Committee from 2002 to 2008, an Appointed Person hearing trade mark appeals from 2003 to 2008 and a Deputy High Court Judge from 2004 to 2008. He was a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Division from October 2008 to September 2019 and Judge in Charge of the Patents Court from April 2013 to September 2019. He has been an External Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office since March 2016. He has been a Judge of the Court of Appeal since 1 October 2019. He is the author of Performers’ Rights (6th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2021), the editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England title Trade Marks and Trade Names (5th ed, Butterworths, 2014), was editor of Entertainment and Media Law Reports from 1993 to 2004 inclusive and has published numerous articles in legal journals. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster and was made an honorary Doctor of Laws by the same institution in July 2017.

Sir Colin Birss
The Rt Hon Lord Justice Birss
Sir Colin Birss is a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Deputy Head of Civil Justice.  He was called to the English Bar in 1990 and practiced in intellectual property law, taking silk in 2008.  In 2010 Colin Birss was appointed judge of the Patents County Court (now Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)).  In 2013 he was appointed to the High Court, Chancery Division and in 2019 became Judge in Charge of the Patents Court.  In 2021 he was appointed to the Court of Appeal and as Deputy Head of Civil Justice.

 

Juliane Buchinski (ZTE)
Juliane Buchinski (ZTE)
Juliane Buchinski is the Lead IP Litigation Counsel Europe at ZTE in Düsseldorf, Germany. She is responsible for ZTE's IP litigation, including IP Strategy and Policy throughout Europe. Since 2015 she defined the litigation strategy of ZTE in Europe and was involved in large number of cases that specified the case law on FRAND matters in Europe. Before joining ZTE, Juliane was a senior associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells (2008-2015) specialized in patent litigation. She studied law at the University of Halle/Saale, Germany and received an LLM degree from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Juliane is a registered lawyer at the Düsseldorf Bar and is fluent in German and English

Dr Avantika Chowdhury (Oxera)
Dr Avantika Chowdhury (Partner, Oxera)
Dr Avantika Chowdhury is Partner at the economics and finance consultancy, Oxera, where she leads Oxera’s work on disputes and investigations involving intellectual property (IP). She advises clients regarding valuation and antitrust issues in the context of commercial litigation, international arbitration and investigations by competition authorities more generally.  Avantika has provided expert opinions on matters involving FRAND royalties and abuse of dominance allegations in SEP licensing, reasonable royalty disputes in the context of cross-licences and collaboration agreements, and damages assessments arising from patent infringements, unjust injunctions or launch-at-risk. She has acted as expert in front of the High Court in England, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, and courts in India, Ireland and the Netherlands, and has been involved in cases in front of the European Commission and other competition authorities. Avantika has broad sectoral experience, including in life sciences, digital and technology sectors and has advised clients such as ASML, Ericsson, Nokia, Unwired Planet, Intellectual Ventures, Abbott, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Chugai, Merck, and Lonza. She is listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, has published widely on antitrust and valuation issues, and regularly participates in courses for competition authorities and judges and in international conferences. Avantika has a PhD in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Prof. Jorge Contreras
Prof. Jorge Contreras (University of Utah)
Jorge Contreras, J.D., is a Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and Director of its Program on Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics during the Spring of 2023. Prior to entering academia, Professor Contreras was a partner at the international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP where he practiced intellectual property transactional law in Boston, Washington DC and London. Prof. Contreras’s academic research focuses on intellectual property, antitrust law, technical standardization and science policy. He has published more than 100 academic articles and book chapters and has written or edited eleven books on these topics.  His scholarship has received numerous awards and recognition, including, most recently, the Patent & Trademark Office Society’s 2021 Rossman Memorial Award and the University of Utah’s 2020 Distinguished Research Award. Professor Contreras has appeared before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, the Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission, and has served as an expert witness before courts across North America, South America and Europe.  His latest book, The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA, was recognized by the NY Times as one of the top eleven nonfiction books of Fall 2021 and selected as the Best Patent Law Book of the Year by the UK-based IPKat blog.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the former co-chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.  He received his JD from Harvard Law School, earned his BSEE and BA in English at Rice University and clerked for Chief Justice Thomas R. Philips of the Texas Supreme Court.

Ignacio De Castro (WIPO)
Ignacio de Castro (Director - IP Disputes and External Relations Division - WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland)
Ignacio is a Spanish lawyer and an English solicitor. Ignacio holds an LL.M. degree from King's College London. Before joining WIPO in 2002, he practiced with the law firms Baker & McKenzie, London and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London in the areas of international arbitration and litigation.  Ignacio is responsible for the administration of mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the development and promotion of WIPO alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This includes implementing ADR collaborations concluded with IP Offices and establishing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures adapted to specific areas of intellectual property.

Julia Dias (Huawei)
Julia Dias (Huawei)
Julia Dias is Senior IP Policy Counsel for Huawei. Julia joined Huawei in 2019, and since then she has worked on SEP/FRAND licensing, litigation and policy related projects. She is also the Vice Chair of the IPR working group of DigitalEurope.  Prior to joining Huawei, Julia gained IP experience in the UK and in Germany, including at the EPO where she worked in various ICT projects focusing on SEPs and emerging technologies.

 

 

Marcello Dini (Sisvel)
Marcello Dini (Head of Asset Management - Sisvel Group)
Marcello began his career as a trainee patent attorney at Metroconsult, an Industrial and Intellectual Property consultancy firm, where he gained an extensive expertise in patent management and intellectual property administration. Marcello joined Sisvel in 2004 and was directly involved in the licensing operations of several worldwide licensing programs, mainly related to international standards such as MPEG Audio, DVB-T and UMTS. Besides licensing operations, he has been involved with several business development projects aimed at growing and diversifying Sisvel’s technology licensing business. He also operated as deputy Licensing Manager at Sisvel Hong Kong, Sisvel’s largest office in the far east, as person responsible for the licensing operation in the Asia and Pacific. Having gained significant exposure to the business in Europe and Asia, Mr. Dini further developed his career becoming the General Manager of Sisvel Hong Kong. Since 2019 Marcello has been nominated Head of Asset Management of Sisvel group, a position focused on larger corporate strategy as well as oversight and management of Sisvel’s own portfolio of patents.

robert Earle (Ericsson)
Robert Earle (Vice President, Assertion and Enforcement for IPR & Licensing, Ericsson)
Robert Earle is responsible for Ericsson’s global patent assertion and enforcement program. He and his team are involved in developing Ericsson’s global patent assertion and enforcement strategy, providing detailed technical analysis of Ericsson’s industry-leading portfolio of over 56,000 patents, as well as the mapping of those patents against the products and services provided by potential licensees. He and his team have effectively utilized emerging market patent systems to ensure effective licensing opportunities in those markets.  Some notable examples include India and Brazil. Additionally, Robert has engaged in global intellectual property policy development.  He has presented, met with, and positively impacted policy decision makers in multiple international jurisdictions providing industry input for further intellectual policy development. He has also negotiated global patent license agreements with international cellular telephone providers by utilizing developed strategies for maximizing effective licensing negotiations. Robert Earle joined Ericsson in 2014 as Vice President for Assertion and Enforcement. Prior to joining Ericsson, he was a partner with Fish & Richardson in its Dallas office. He has first chair experience in multiple jury trials representing clients before federal and state trial courts. His experience includes representing top international companies in patent litigation cases. He also served as a United States naval officer for nine years prior to attending law school. Robert is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, holds a Juris Doctorate, and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.

Charles Eloshway (USPTO)
Charles R. Eloshway (USPTO)
Charles R. Eloshway is Principal Counsel and Director for Patent Policy in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Among his many duties, Mr. Eloshway represents the United States in multilateral and bilateral negotiations on matters concerning patent law and practice.   Mr. Eloshway joined the USPTO in 1992, serving as a Patent Examiner for over ten years, followed by assignments to the USPTO Solicitor’s Office and the Office of Patent Quality Review.  From 2008-2010, Mr. Eloshway was Deputy Director for Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement, where he managed a staff of approximately 60 attorneys and other professionals and was responsible for formulating and executing Administration policies in all fields of intellectual property.  During his career at the USPTO, Mr. Eloshway has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals for distinguished service.

Mr. Eloshway is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and the George Washington University, with a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Mr. Eloshway received his law degree cum laude from the George Washington University Law School. 

Steve Faraji (Audi)
Steve Faraji (Head of Patents Vehicles / Production and Chief IPR Policy Manager, Audi)
Steve is Head of Patents Vehicle/Production and Chief IPR Policy Manager at AUDI AG in Ingolstadt, Germany. He is a qualified German and European Patent Attorney specializing in computer implemented inventions and software. Steve advises on licensing issues, in particular regarding standard-essential patents in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Audi, he worked on prosecution and litigation of ICT patents for a major patent law firm in Munich.

 

Laurie Fitzgerald (Avanci)
Laurie Fitzgerald (Senior Vice President, Avanci)
A patent licensing professional and IP attorney, Laurie has more than a decade of experience in resolving disputes between patent owners and technology developers. Her expertise spans licensing transactions, patent acquisitions and divestitures, portfolio strategy and valuation, and patent litigation. Laurie joined Avanci from its affiliate Teletry, where she facilitated the licensing of BlackBerry’s extensive portfolio of patented technologies to smartphone and telecom infrastructure manufacturers around the world. Before her career as a licensing professional, Laurie practiced trial law as a Principal in the US-based law firm of McKool Smith. Her practice spanned all aspects of patent law, with a focus on disputes relating to standards development organizations and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms. Laurie features in the IAM Strategy 300 list of leading IP professionals, and is among World IP Review’s Most Influential Women in IP. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Southwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Laurie lives with her family in Dublin, Ireland.

Mattia Fogliacco (Sisvel)
Mattia Fogliacco (Sisvel International SA)
Mattia is President of Sisvel International S.A., the operational parent company of Sisvel. He is leading the Group since 2017 but has been part of the Sisvel Group’s executive management team as Chief New Business Officer since 2014. Founded in 1982, Sisvel is a world leader in fostering innovation and managing IP. Sisvel creates forms of intermediation in IP transactions that reduce complexity and remove friction between willing licensees and licensors, whilst fostering the creation of a level playing field in the Markets for Technology. Mr Fogliacco has a background in business and innovation management. He has an MSc from Bocconi University and a CEMS master's in international management. He has published articles on the technology and IP commercialisation markets. Before joining Sisvel, Mr. Fogliacco was Managing Director of iiinnovation S.A., a company focused on licensing and IP transactions. He also served as Senior International Manager at a service provider of Deutsche Bank, managing three IP and innovation investment funds.

Marianne Frydenlund (Nordic Semiconductors)
Marianne Frydenlund (Nordic Semiconductors)
Marianne Frydenlund is Senior Vice President of the Legal & Compliance function and acting Secretary to the Board of Directors at Nordic Semiconductor. Nordic Semiconductor specializes in ultra-low power wireless technology such as cellular modules for internet-enabled devices. Over the course of her career, Marianne gained a unique in-house perspective on IP-related business practices within the wireless ecosystem. She has shared her insights with peers by giving presentations at legal conferences, including addressing the commercial ramifications associated with the refusal to license standard essential patents. Marianne spent a year with the Board of the Fair Standards Alliance in Brussels. The Fair Standards Alliance works to ensure that wireless technology companies of all sizes are given access to standard essential patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms. Marianne chairs the Board of the Norwegian Company Lawyers Association (NCLA) where she has been involved in their mentoring programs aimed at helping women advance in business and technology-related careers. She is an appointed specialist to “TechForum” by the Norwegian Lawyers’ Association and chairs the board of a private company in Norway. Marianne graduated from the University of Oslo and North Dakota School of Law. Prior to joining Nordic Semiconductor, Marianne worked for Huawei Technologies, Nexans Norway AS, Equinor and Aker Solutions where she focused on legal issues associated with technology-related commercial transactions.

Isabella Fu (Microsoft)
Isabella Fu (Microsoft Corporation)
Isabella Fu is Associate General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.  She leads the team responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, policy, and strategy.  She joined Microsoft in 2003, and previously led the group responsible for IP litigation for the company, worldwide.  Before joining Microsoft, Isabella was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation.  She practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe before moving in-house.

 

Judge Rodney Gilstrap
Chief Judge Rodney Gilstrap (US District court, Eastern District of Texas)
Judge Rodney Gilstrap was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, and was confirmed in 2011. He assumed the position of Chief Judge in 2018. He resides in Marshall, Texas and has responsibilities in the Marshall and Texarkana Divisions of the EDTX. Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Gilstrap was engaged in private practice of law in East Texas for 30 years. During this time he also was elected three times as County Judge of Harrison County, Texas. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Baylor University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a JD from the Baylor University School of Law where he was an Assoc. Editor of the Baylor Law Review. He has served as President of the Baylor Law Alumni Association. In 2018 he was named “The Baylor Lawyer of the Year” - the highest recognition given by his alma mater. He was also selected as the 2018 “Jurist of the Year” by TEX-ABOTA (comprising all 16 chapters in Texas of the American Board of Trial Advocates).

Eeva Hakoranta (InterDigital)
Eeva Hakoranta (Chief Licensing Officer, InterDigital)
Eeva K. Hakoranta is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Licensing Officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s complete licensing portfolio and activities. Eeva joined InterDigital in July 2020 and contributes more than 30 years of experience in the legal and licensing industry. Prior to joining InterDigital, she served more than 13 years at Nokia, most recently as Senior Vice President and Head of IP and Litigation, aswell as General Counsel for Nokia Technologies. Prior to leading Nokia’s IP activities, she was influential in building the company’s patent licensing team and significantly growing its licensing revenue. Before Nokia, Eeva served in private practice at Roschier Attorneys Ltd in Helsinki, Finland. Ms. Hakoranta holds an LLM from the University of Helsinki.

Prof. Bowman Heiden
Dr Bowman Heiden (Co-Director, Center for Intellectual Property (CIP))
Dr. Heiden is currently the Co-Director of the Center for Intellectual Property (CIP), which is a joint center for knowledge-based business development between Univ. of Gothenburg, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, and the Norwegian Univ. for Science & Technology. He is also the Executive Director of the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital at UC-Berkeley and co-chair of the Technology, Innovation, and Intellectual Property program at the Classical Liberal Institute at the NYU School of Law. Dr. Heiden was recently a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Standard Essential Patents. Previously he was Innovation Director for the Qatar Science & Technology Park, where he was responsible for driving innovation strategy and intellectual property policy. Over the past ten years, Dr. Heiden has managed over 100 innovation projects with industry, university research institutes, healthcare providers, and start-up ventures. Dr. Heiden holds degrees in engineering, technology management, and economics, and his research is at the interdisciplinary interface of economics, law, and innovation; in particular, intellectual property and open innovation in knowledge-intensive sectors. Before turning his focus to the field of knowledge-based business, Dr. Heiden played professional basketball in several European countries.

Dr Clemens Heusch (Nokia)
Dr Clemens Heusch (Vice-President, Global Head of Dispute Resolution, Nokia)
Dr. Clemens-August Heusch, LL.M. is Vice President at Nokia and heads the Global Litigation and Disputes Team. He is responsible for litigation, arbitration and mediation globally with a strong focus on multinational IP litigation and licensing (FRAND) arbitrations. Since 2008 Nokia has been involved in more than 200 patent cases worldwide against companies such as Apple, HTC, Blackberry, InterDigital, Qualcomm, Daimler, Intellectual Ventures, IPCom, KPN, Daimler, Lenovo and others. Those patent cases related to implementation patents as well as to standard-essential patents relating to GSM, UMTS, LTE, H.264, WiFi, NFC and others. Before joining Nokia, Clemens was an attorney at law at the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP (2004 to 2008) in Düsseldorf. He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Maastricht and a doctorate from the University of Cologne. During his traineeship, he worked (among others) in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels. Clemens is a registered lawyer at the Cologne Bar and is a certified IP lawyer. Fluent in German, English and French, he regularly presents and writes on a range of legal topics. He is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and was appointed to the AIPPI Standing Committee on Standards and Patents. He is also a member of the board of the German AIPPI group, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the Licensing Executives Society. He also is a member of Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

Georg Kreusz (Huawei)
Georg Kreuz (Chief Counsel IP Policy and Coordinator of European litigation, Huawei)
Having studied Electrical Engineering, Georg Kreuz was comprehensively trained as patent attorney at Siemens AG in Munich, there for 11 years drafting, prosecuting and litigating patents related to semiconductors and telecommunications equipment; heading the Division Patents and Standards, he was additionally involved in Quality Assessment. Within the subsequent 3 years he had built up and was heading the section for IPR, Contract Negotiations and Standardization at Sony Digital Communications. For about 8 years, he worked as patent attorney at an IP law firm in Munich. He established the European IPR Department of Huawei and was heading it for about 13 years, having built up and established a patent support system in Europe, supported the development of the IPR Department and was in charge of all European IPR related activities. Milestone activities include his involvement in the creation of the ITU IPR Policy, and the deep involvement in the CJEU decision Huawei/ZTE. Georg now is Chief Counsel IP Policy and Coordinator of European litigation and also focusses on monetization activities.

Judge Kong Liming
Judge Kong Liming (IP Court of the PRC Supreme People’s Court)
Mr. Kong Liming, judge at the IP Court of the PRC Supreme People’s Court, focuses on hearing of appeals on civil/administrative cases concerning technology-intensive intellectual property ranging from patent, computer software to technical secret. He joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Shanghai Office in 2005 engaging in private practice on M&A, IPO and foreign investment by international financial institutions in sectors of banking, securities, insurance and trust. He joined Shanghai High People’s Court in 2010 where he worked as court clerk, assistant judge and senior judge. He was appointed judge at the Supreme People’s Court in 2019. He graduated from International Studies University, a military academy, with B.A. in English literature in 2000 and from Law School of Nanjing University with master’s degree in international law in 2005. From 2004 to 2005, he studied at John Hopkins University - Nanjing University Center, focusing on common law system and US constitution.
 

Christian Loyau (ETSI)
Christian Loyau (ETSI)
Christian is a graduate of the University of Paris in business, corporate and IP law. After 5 years practicing in law firm in Denmark and France, Christian joined Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cap Gemini in France. He served for 12 years as Legal Director for International Affairs for the French telecommunication company Matra Communication and was involved in the IPR group of ETSI from 1993 to 1996. He then served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of the French IT quoted company Bull for 14 years. Christian is now Director for Legal Affairs and Governance of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

 

Monica Magnusson (Ericsson)
Monica Magnusson (Ericsson)
Monica Magnusson is Vice President of IPR Policy at IPR & Licensing within the Ericsson group, reporting to Ericsson’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer Christina Petersson. She and her global team have corporate responsibility for advocating Ericsson’s views on patent policy issues towards regulators and policy makers across the world. These are operations she has gradually built over the past decade. Monica Magnusson joined Ericsson in 1998, as a patent engineer and part of a team focused on the forming of Ericsson’s patent portfolio for WCDMA related inventions. Her experience with Ericsson also includes managing patent attorney groups in Sweden and in the US, and out-licensing patent portfolios in North America. Prior to joining Ericsson, Monica was a patent agent with Albihns, an intellectual property consultancy in Stockholm, and before that an R&D engineer with Siemens-Elema, Stockholm. She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Keith Mallinson (WiseHarbor)
Keith Mallinson (Wiseharbor)
Keith is founder of WiseHarbor, providing commercial consultancy since 2007 to technology businesses serving consumer and professional markets. He is an industry analyst with 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge of technology markets, including the patent-rich mobile communications sector with 4G, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). He is often engaged as a testifying witness in patent licensing disputes and in other litigation including antitrust cases as an industry expert and financial analyst valuing assets and assessing damages. He is a regular opinion writer for various publications including RCR Wireless and IP Finance – “where money issues meet intellectual property rights.” He has an undergraduate electrical engineering degree from Imperial College London and an MBA from the London Business School, including an academic exchange with Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Illinois.

Luke McLeroy (Avanci)
Luke McLeroy (Avanci)
Luke McLeroy is Senior Vice President at Avanci, a platform bringing together standard-essential wireless patents from many different patent owners and making them available in a single license to companies making products for the Internet of Things. Luke has more than eighteen years of experience as an intellectual property attorney negotiating technology licensing agreements and resolving intellectual property disputes. Before joining Avanci, Luke was the director of North American patent licensing at Ericsson and a principal at the law firm McKool Smith in Dallas, Texas.

 

Prof. Adam Mossoff (GMU)
Adam Mossoff (GMU)
Adam Mossoff is Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in the United States of America. He teaches a wide range of law courses, including patent law, trade secrets, trademark law, property, remedies, and internet law. He is widely published in academic journals and in monographs on the law, history, and policy of patent licensing and on the key role of patent licensing in thriving innovation economies. His research has been relied on by Justices on the United States Supreme Court, by judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and by officials at US federal agencies, such as the US Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, and the US Patent & Trademark Office. Professor Mossoff has been invited to testify five times before the US Senate and the US House of Representatives on proposed patent legislation, and he has been invited to present his research at the USPTO, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He is a frequent speaker at academic and professional conferences on patent law and innovation policy. Professor Mossoff is a member of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Advisory Group of ANSI, and has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the IEEE-USA, on which he remains a member in good standing. He is also a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Licensing Executives Society-USA & Canada.

Brian Napper (Ocean Tomo)
Brian Napper (Ocean Tomo)
Brian a Managing Director and member of the leadership team of Ocean Tomo, a financial expert, management consulting, and advisory services firm focused on intellectual property and other intangible assets.  Brian has extensive experience in determining FRAND/RAND rates for SEPs in various situations.  He has provided expert opinion and testimony in numerous international arbitration and U.S. federal court matters related to the determination of SEP FRAND/RAND rates.  He has advised SEP owners and potential licensees to SEPs regarding FRAND rates and compliance. He has analyzed and quantified the value of SEP portfolios in connection with the acquisition, sale, or private equity investment wherein the primary asset was SEP portfolios. Brian is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 9 in drafting a “Framework for Analysis of Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) and Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) Licensing and Royalty Issues – Global Edition.” Throughout his 30-year career, Brian was the Global Head of FTI Consulting’s and Deloitte’s Intellectual Property Group.  He has also been a co-founder or founding shareholder in two other start-up consulting firms, StoneTurn Group and The Barrington Consulting Group.

Dr Igor Nikolic
Dr Igor Nikolic (Research Fellow, European University Institute)
Dr Igor Nikolic is a Research Fellow at European University Institute, Florence. He specialises and writes in the areas of standard essential patents (SEPs), intellectual property, competition law and the digital economy. Igor completed his PhD at University College London where he is still associated as a Senior Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Law, Economics & Society. He published a book ‘Licensing Standard Essential Patents: FRAND and the Internet of Things’ (Hart Publishing 2021) and many articles in academic and business journals related to SEP licensing issues. He often speaks on SEP licensing and lectures on intellectual property and competition laws. Igor is also a qualified attorney at law advising on intellectual property, competition and regulatory issues.

Sophie Pasquier (Philips)
Dr Sophie Pasquier (Philips)
Dr. Sophie Pasquier is a qualified patent attorney and works as a Principal Licensing Counsel in the Intellectual Property & Standards Department of Koninklijke Philips N.V. (“Philips”). Her main responsibility is the licensing of Philips’ patents to third parties in the wireless communication field. She has responsibility for valuing Philips patent portfolio by creating, developing and leading several of Philips’ patent licensing programs particularly in the field of IoT & Connectivity. Sophie graduated as an engineer from Ecole Centrale, holds a master degree in intellectual property law from Paris 6 University and a master degree in patent law from Centre of International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), and PhD in Physics. Dr. Pasquier is also the President of the Licensing Executive Society in France (LES France) and a board member since 2014. Sophie has more than 17 years of experience in licensing intellectual property, infringement analysis, contract drafting, patent sales and acquisitions. 

Tim Pohlmann (IPlytics)
Tim Pohlmann (IPlytics)
Tim Pohlmann is the CEO and founder of IPlytics. He earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinction from the Berlin Institute of Technology, with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in standardization. He then went on to work as a post-doctoral researcher and consultant for the Law and Economics of Patents Group at CERNA, MINES ParisTech. Dr Pohlmann then founded patent intelligence software company IPlytics with the vision of creating the first solution on the market to bring together comprehensive, technical standards information, global patents, declared Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), patent pool and technical standards contribution data, to provide industry-leading analysis on the past, present and future of standards-essential technology. IPlytics purpose is being the transparent, accessible source of wisdom for all professionals to overcome friction and complexity in data-led decisions where standards and patents matter. Dr Pohlmann is a recognized thought leader, panel speaker and adjunct University lecturer on the topics of SEPs, FRAND licensing, patent pools and patent intelligence solutions. Dr Pohlmann has been actively involved in preparing empirical studies for the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the German federal government.

Judge Randall Rader
Judge Randall Rader (Rader Group)
For over 25 years, Judge Rader has been a leading thought leader in the field of intellectual property law and jurisprudence. His work as Chief Judge, his publications and his work teaching patent law globally to students, judges and government officials has left an indelible mark on the field of IP law and the protection of IP rights throughout the world. Judge Rader was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 and assumed the duties of Chief Judge on June 1, 2010. He was appointed to the United States Claims Court (now the U. S. Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W. Reagan in 1988. Before appointment to the Court of Federal Claims, former Chief Judge Rader served as Minority and Majority Chief Counsel to Subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means Committees. Judge Rader stepped down from Chief Judge position on May 30, 2014 and retired from the bench on June 30, 2014. Since leaving the bench, Judge Rader has founded the Rader Group, focusing on arbitration, mediation, and legal consulting and legal education services.

Professor Mark Schankerman (LSE)
Mark Schankerman (Professor of Economics, LSE)
Mark Schankerman is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and currently also Senior Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was also the Ronald Coase Visiting Professor in Law and Economics at Tilburg University, Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Visiting Professor at the Toulouse School of Economics.

From 1995 to 2003, concurrent with his position at the LSE, he served as director of Policy Research and Advisor to the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also worked at the World Bank, specialising on Africa, and has extensive consultancy experience in telecommunications regulation and patent valuation.  He is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy at the European Commission and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Hargreaves Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth in the UK.

He has contributed extensively to the literature on patents, research and development, productivity, and the economics of emerging economies. His published work has appeared in leading scientific journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Review: Microeconomics, Rand Journal of Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of Industrial Economics.

Ruben Schellingerhout (European Commission)
Ruben Schellingerhout (European Commission - DG Trade)
Ruben is a legal expert in the European Commission's Trade Department. He is specialised in intellectual property rights from a trade and competition law perspective. Since 2004 he works in the European Commission where he held positions in the Departments for Enterprise, Competition and Trade. In DG Competition he worked on the 2009 Rambus patent ambush case and the EU's horizontal guidelines on standard setting. From 2016 to 2020 he worked in the European Union Delegation to the People's Republic of China, also on IPR. Since September 2020 he is a legal officer in the legal unit of the Trade Department working among others on the WTO dispute settlement case China: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. Ruben holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Leiden University and a Master of Laws from the University of Amsterdam

Kevin Scott (Phillips)
Kevin Scott (Philips Intellectual Property & Standards)
Kevin works for Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, where he is a Licensing Program Leader responsible for the licensing of Philips patents to third parties in technical areas including telecommunications (UMTS/LTE/5G) and wireless power, leading a global team of licensing professionals. He has over 20 years’ experience in the licensing of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) to companies large and small, and has extensive experience in multinational litigation of SEPs. Before joining the IP profession in 1997, Kevin worked at Philips Research Laboratories in the creation of computer simulation programs. His technical background is in electrical engineering (with a PhD from University College London) and physics (with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University). He is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney, a Council member of the IP Federation, and leader of the FRAND and Standards Issues working group in CIPA’s IP Commercialisation Committee.

Pio Suh (IPCom)
Pio Suh (Managing Director, IPCom)
Pio Suh is an attorney and member of the German Bar since 2006. Pio has over a decade and a half  legal experience specialising in SEP licensing and patent litigation in the field of communication technologies. He has worked in-house for a number of multinational Fortune 500 companies – including Qualcomm, Oracle and Philips – to implement patent licensing, enforcement and litigation strategies on a global scale. Pio has driven and orchestrated various high-profile patent litigation cases in multiple jurisdictions that resulted in significant settlements and unprecedented decisions shaping the SEP licensing landscape. Multilingual and with a global outlook, Pio knows IP inside out. He is a strong negotiator and diplomat. His extensive experience in negotiating, drafting and closing complex license contracts as well as significant settlement agreements displays his forte and capacity in contentious SEP licensing matters. Since July 2018 he is assigned as the managing director of IPCom based in Munich, Germany.

Dr Nikolaus Thumm
Dr Nikolaus Thumm (ETH Board / Technical University Berlin)
Dr. Nikolaus Thumm is Senior Scientific Advisor with the ETH Board in Zurich, Switzerland and Associate with Technical University Berlin. He was Senior Fellow at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, where he was responsible to set up a work-program on standardization, standard essential patents, licensing and open source. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before, he was working as Senior Economic Counsellor for the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public partnership group. Nikolaus lead numerous international research activities and holds many publications in the field of standardization, patenting and standard essential patents.

Judge Peter Tochtermann
Judge Peter Tochterman (Presiding Judge, Regional Court of Mannheim, Patent Chamber)
Dr Peter Tochtermann has been the Presiding Judge of the Patent Chambers at the Regional Court of Mannheim since 2018. He was previous Deputy Presiding Judge in 2018 and between 2015-2017. He has also sat in the Patent Senate of the Higher Regional Court in Karlsruhe from 2017-18. Peter is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, was a Visiting Scholar, Dispute Resolution Institute, Hamline University, St. Paul (MN), USA / Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, (MA), USA & ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris sponsored by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation & Zeit and Gerd Bucerius Foundation (2005/2006). Peter is a lecturer in IP Law at the University of Heidelberg. He has numerous publications on European and National Patent Law and ADR.

Uwe Wiesner (Volkswagon)
Uwe Wiesner (Volkswagen)
Uwe is General Manager Corporate Intellectual Property at Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany. He is responsible for filing, prosecuting, licensing and enforcing Volkswagen’s Patents, Trademarks, Design Rights, Internet-Domains and defending against third party IP claims. In addition, he is responsible for standardization. Prior, Uwe served more than 15 years as a Patent Manager for Volkswagen AG and Audi AG, also located in Germany. Further functions: Chairman of the IP Committee of VDA (German Association of Automotive Industry) and IP Working Group of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association),Board Member of the IP Committee of BDI (Association of German Industries) and Board Member of VPP (Association of Industry Patent Professionals in Germany). From 2010 to 2017 Lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig for “Business Practice of Intellectual Property”.

David Yurkerwich (Ankura)
David Yurkerwich (Ankura)
David Yurkerwich is a senior managing director and a leader of Ankura’s IP team. He is based in New York and works closely with companies and law firms in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Asia. Mr Yurkerwich is a seasoned valuation and damages expert with over 35 years of experience. He has provided expert evidence in over 100 disputes and has facilitated global IP transactions. His expert work has included testimony in patent infringement cases, standard-essential patent FRAND disputes, international arbitrations and other business disputes involving a broad range of technologies and markets.

Mr Yurkerwich received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Villanova School of Business and became a certified public accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. He was a founder of IP-focused consultancy teams at Peterson Worldwide, InteCap, Charles River Associates and Navigant Consulting (which became part of Ankura in 2018). Ankura is a global consultancy with professional teams that collaborate to create innovative customised solutions for clients facing a wide range of economic, governance and regulatory challenges and opportunities.

 

The Moderators

 

Kathleen Fox Murphy (EIP)
Kathleen Fox Murphy (EIP)
Kathleen is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation having acted in some of the most high-profile patent disputes of the last 20 years.  Her knowledge in respect of strategy on interim injunctions is second to none. Kathleen joined EIP in May 2019 after over 18 years at Taylor Wessing, and three years as head of the London patent litigation team at a UK national firm. Kathleen has advised clients across a variety of industry sectors, substantially in the telecoms, electronics, IT, pharma/biotech, engineering and chemical industries. This includes multi-jurisdictional litigation co-ordination, interim injunctions, infringement and validity litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Her work in the telecoms, IT and electronics sectors has concerned patents for various aspects of mobile phones, including speech coding and advice relating to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) as well as encrypted email, bank card security, optics and semi-conductors. She also has considerable experience in advising in relation to competition law FRAND issues arising in patent litigation concerning SEPs. Kathleen has advised biotech/pharma and medical device companies throughout her career, in relation to large and small molecule drugs, including SPC aspects, and regulatory issues affecting pharmaceutical companies, and has particular expertise in respect of interim injunctions.

Kathleen is cited as a leading UK patent litigator by the major legal directories and is listed as a "Top 250 Women in IP 2021" in IP Stars.
 

Dietrich Kamler (Taylor wessing)
Dietrich Kamlah (Taylor Wessing, Germany)
Dietrich is a member of the patent litigation team at Taylor Wessing in Munich since 2005. His expertise includes the representation of clients in national and international patent infringement litigation as well as advice on contractual matters involving patents and technical know-how, such as R&D cooperation agreements. He also works on antitrust related issues in IP cases such as standard essential patents. His clients come from all areas of technology with a special focus on IT and telecoms, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and automotive. Over many years he has represented clients in a number of FRAND cases before German courts and advised on FRAND negotiation strategy. Dietrich studied law at the University of Passau and King’s College London. After taking the German bar exam in 2000 he worked as lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg where he completed his PhD with a thesis on predatory pricing in antitrust law. He publishes regularly on patent law and FRAND topics and contributed as co-author to the Haedicke/Timmann Patent Law Handbook.

Otto Licks (Licks Attorneys)
Otto Licks (Licks Attorneys)
Otto Licks is one of the founding partners at Licks Attorneys, a Brazilian law firm with 300+ professionals over its offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba and Tokyo. Mr. Licks is an expert on complex litigation and policy making, with over 25 years of experience representing international clients. He has started in private practice with CCITT switching and signalling (R2/MFC, System 7 and ISDN). He was responsible for the first Brazilian nationwide adjudication campaign for patent monetization (optical CD-R disks). Before joining private practice, Mr. Licks worked as a UN/PINUD consultant for the Brazilian State Department, during the implementation of the WTO Agreements. He has established a reputation as a trial and appellate practice specialist, with an outstanding track record in the obtaining, defending, and enforcing preliminary and permanent injunctions. Otto Licks has published extensively in his areas of expertise and has been recognized by some of the most important international rankings. He is Vice Chair for the Global Series Committee(FCBA) and is an accomplished speaker in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Warren Lipschitz (McKool Smith)
Warren Lipschitz (McKool Smith)
Warren Lipschitz is a trial lawyer focused on intellectual property and competition cases. He has represented some of the world's largest standard essential patent holders, including Nokia and Ericsson, in their FRAND-related disputes.  Warren successfully represented Ericsson in the first breach of FRAND jury trial for cellular patents. This case is considered a landmark decision for standard essential patent holders because the jury endorsed Ericsson's royalty rate of $2.50 (or 1% with a $1 floor and $4 cap) for 4G cellular phones.  The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the jury verdict. Warren has experience on a wide range of FRAND issues.  He has represented clients in breach of contract claims relating to F/RAND commitments, requests for anti-suit injunctions (and anti-anti-suit injunctions), claims that essential patents were unenforceable due to alleged late disclosure, and allegations of anticompetitive behavior premised on FRAND violations.  He has litigated these issues in federal court and the International Trade Commission against many significant implementers of technology standards, including Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Intel, Dell, and others. Warren graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Northwestern University School of Law.  Warren also has undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil and structural engineering, and before becoming a lawyer, practiced in Texas as a licensed Professional Engineer.

James Marshall (Taylor Wessing)
James Marshall (Taylor Wessing)
James has over 35 years of experience in IP. He's recognised as one of the UK's leading patent litigators, and is best known for his work in the technology and life sciences sectors. Although the majority of James' work is in patent litigation across the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, he regularly advises on non-contentious cases with a high degree of technical complexity. James has worked on numerous trade secrets claims and contractual disputes. He's also experienced in licensing and other transactional matters involving IP. James has a degree in Mathematics and Physics and has been a partner in the firm since 1997.

Gary Moss (EIP)
Gary Moss (EIP)
Gary’s career as a leading IP lawyer spans more than 30 years and he has acted in large scale UK IP disputes and cross-border IP disputes both in Europe and the United States. He oversees major litigations handled by the firm and led the team acting for Conversant and Unwired Planet in the Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant Wireless v Huawei and ZTE cases before the Supreme Court which are two of the leading cases worldwide on the issue of FRAND in the context of Standard Essential Patents in the field of telecommunication.  Gary also led the EIP team responsible for the decision of the Patents Court in 2021 in the case of Optis v Apple which ruled that in order to avail itself of an SEP holder’s ETSI undertaking to grant licenses an implementer was had to take the FRAND license as determined by the Court. Gary has consistently been ranked among the top UK patent litigators by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, IAM Patent 1000, and IP Stars directories.  Legal 500 2022 described Gary as ‘…the strategic mastermind' while IAM Patent 1000 2021 refers to him as a “huge name” who is a “terrific litigator” and a “leading light who really knows his stuff” and JUVE Patent UK 2021 says Gary has “terrific, deep knowledge of FRAND matters both within the UK and internationally.”

Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon)
Dr Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon)
Jorge is Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. Jorge earned M. Phil and D. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI, Madrid) and teaches competition economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) and at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE). Jorge has given expert testimony before the competition authorities and courts of several EU member states, as well as in cases before the European Commission. Dr. Padilla has submitted written testimony to the European General Court, and the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal in cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. He has also given expert testimony in various civil litigation (damages), international arbitration cases, and competition cases in non-EU jurisdictions (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United States). Jorge has written numerous papers on competition policy and industrial organization in the Antitrust Bulletin, the Antitrust Law Journal, the Economic Journal, the European Competition Journal, the European Competition Law Review, the Fordham International Law Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Economic Theory, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the University of Chicago Law Review, and World Competition. He is also co-author of The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 3rd edition, Hart Publishing, 2020.

 

In-Person and Live Stream
This conference will be held in-person at Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London.  The theatre is will maintain 75% capacity only and is very well ventilated. We also have a live stream ticket available to those unable to join us in the UK.

We will adhere to local government guidelines and maintain high health and safety standards, so that all attendees that come to our events can continue to do business effectively and network with their peers safely. For the protection and wellbeing of all event attendees, we are requesting that upon arrival at the event you are able to show either a proof of full vaccination, a negative lateral flow test (taken within 48 hours of the event commencing), or the presence of COVID-19 antibodies (recovery from COVID-19 within the last 180 days). We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not able to show one of the above.

Out of consideration for others, if you have any symptoms of COVID or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, please let us know and we will be happy to exchange an in-person ticket for a virtual ticket.
 
Fees and Booking

Standard Ticket = £500 (Early bird = £425 until 30 April)
Standard Group Ticket = £425 (Early bird = £400 until 30 April)
UCL Alumni / IBIL Sponsors Ticket = £400
Academic Ticket (full time academics) = £200
Government Legal / NGOs = £200
Judiciary - please email lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk for a complimentary ticket

Live Stream Only = £300

UCL Students will receive information on how to join the conference via their course moodle site.

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Bursaries for Early Careers Academics / PhD Students

We want to make the Patents in Telecoms conference accessible to as many people as possible.

This year we are offering:

  • 3 x early career legal academics early-career academics within the first three years of starting their first full-time academic position
  • 3 x postgraduate (PhD only) bursaries for those based in the UK/EU, and
  • 2 x bursaries for postgraduate (PhD only) students registered at non-UK/EU/European institutions.

Postgraduate bursaries
The bursary award is up to £200 per applicant for those registered at UK/EU/European institutions, and up to £350 per applicant for those registered at non-UK/EU/European institutions. Your conference fee will also be waived.

The bursaries can be used towards travel and accommodation.

Am I eligible?

  • Bursaries are available to current postgraduate PhD student and early-career academics, who DO NOT have financial support from their institution, a research grant, or other funding awards, to cover travel and accommodation to attend the conference.
  • PhD applicants are not eligible for a conference bursary. So, if you haven’t started your PhD you won’t be eligible.
  • Masters’ students are not eligible for this award.

How do the bursaries work?
You will need download and complete our application form which must be accompanied by a statement from a supervisor. This must be signed, on university headed paper emailed to ibil@ucl.ac.uk with your application.

 

 

Venue - Senate House

Senate House -  University of London, London WC1E 7HU
Access from either Russell Square or Malet Street

Our conference is being held at the iconic Art-Deco building in the heart of Bloomsbury, London, and just behind the British Museum. Senate House was constructed between 1932-1937 to house the University of London.

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