Standard-essential patents (SEPs) are a key component of the modern economy. With billions of connected devices in the internet of things (IoT), new avenues of growth open up every day for innovative firms in a vast array of sectors. However, abusive SEP licensing practices are a roadblock to the uptake of these technologies and the economic potential they offer.
A SEP licensing framework must align with Europe’s industrial strategy if European businesses are to play to its strengths in high-end, value-added, manufacturing and remain ahead of competitors around the globe.
This online conference will help attendees better understand the common challenges European industry actors face when licensing a technology required for their IoT devices. Industry representatives will discuss ongoing issues such as the availability of licenses under European competition rules and the circumstances in which injunctions should or should not be granted.
Keynote: Dr. Nikolaus Thumm, Associate, Technische Universität Berlin
Panel: Standard Essential Patents Policy as Industrial Policy
Brian Scarpelli, Senior Global Policy Counsel, ACT | The App Association
Suzanne Munck, Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Former Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property at the United States Federal Trade Commission
Evelina Kurgonaite, Secretary-General, Fair Standards Alliance
Claire Grossmann, EU Affairs Manager, the European Smart Energy - Solution Providers
Michael Schloegl, Head of IP SEP, Continental
Moderator: Jim Beveridge, Fellow, Innovators Network Foundation