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Vesterdorf : DG Comp should back away from FRAND debates

Vesterdorf : DG Comp should back away from FRAND debates

23 June 2014

The former president of the European Court of First Instance has criticised the European Commission’s decision finding Motorola had abused its dominance by seeking an injunction on a patent deemed essential to a high-tech standard. Leo Szolnoki at GCR Live 2nd Annual IP & Antitrust in Brussels.

Standard-setting bodies crucial to solving FRAND battles, DoJ official says

25 March 2014

A senior US Department of Justice official says the industry organisations that collectively set technological standards used in computers, smartphones and other electronics are best placed to police pledges by their members to license essential patents on fair and reasonable terms. Ron Knox at GCR Live in Washington, DC.

Chairs

Trevor Soames

Shearman & Sterling

Miguel Rato

Shearman & Sterling

Keynote Speaker

Bo Vesterdorf

Herbert Smith Freehills and Former President of the European Court of First Instance

Speakers

Nicholas Banasevic

Head of Unit, Antitrust - IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, DG Competition, European Commission

Bart van den Broek

Hoyng Monegier

Jorge Contreras

Washington College of Law, American University

Thomas F. Cotter

University of Minnesota Law School

Miranda Cole

Covington & Burling

Maurits Dolmans

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

James Flynn Q.C.

Brick Court Chambers

Anne Layne-Farrar

Charles River Associates

Nadine Herrmann

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Patrick Hofkens

Ericsson

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon

David Hull

Van Bael & Bellis

Paul Lugard

Baker Botts

Jenni Lukander

Director, Global Head of Competition Law, Nokia

Nicolas Petit

IEJE University of Liège

David Teece

University of California, Berkeley

Anna Vernet

Policy Analyst, DG Competition, European Commission

Sven Völcker

Latham & Watkins

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

9.10: Keynote address

Bo Vesterdorf, Herbert Smith Freehills, Former President of The European Court of First Instance

9.50: Session one: Reflections on the new Technology Transfer Block Exemption and its implications

Moderator: 
Nadine Herrmann, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Introductory Speaker: 
Anna Vernet, Policy Analyst, DG Competition, European Commission

Panel: 
David Hull, Van Bael & Bellis
Paul Lugard, Baker Botts

11.00: Coffee break

11.20: Session two: Patent “hold up”- the theoretical and empirical basis for antitrust intervention

The panel will focus on two questions: (i) holdup is an old theory in economics, but applied to IP more recently, in the early 2000s. How well does the theory translate to patents? Does holdup apply only to patent holders or to licensees as well? What assumptions underlie the theory? Are all of the assumptions met in practice?; (ii) What evidence is available that holdup is a real and not just theoretical concern? What kinds of evidence should we see if holdup were a commonplace problem?

Moderator: 
Anne Layne-Farrar, Charles River Associates

Panel: 
Thomas F. Cotter, University of Minnesota Law School
Jorge Contreras, Washington College of Law, American University
David Teece, University of California, Berkeley

12.40: Networking lunch

14.00: Chairs' introduction

14.15: Session three: Injunctive relief and SEPs after the Samsung Article 9 commitment and Motorola Article 102 infringement decisions

Moderator: 
Trevor Soames, Shearman & Sterling

Introductory speaker: 
Nicholas Banasevic, Head of Unit, Antitrust - IT, Internet and Consumer Electronics, DG Competition, European Commission

Panel: 
Maurits Dolmans, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
James Flynn Q.C., Brick Court Chambers
Nicolas Petit, IEJE University of Liège
Sven Völcker, Latham & Watkins

15.45: Coffee break

16.05: Session four: Licensing under FRAND commitments: current practice and recent debate

Moderator: 
Jorge Padilla, Compass Lexecon

Panel: 
Benno Buehler, Economist, DG Competition, European Commission
Bart van den Broek, Hoyng Monegier
Miranda Cole, Covington & Burling
Patrick Hofkens, Ericsson 
Jenni Lukander, Director, Global Head of Competition Law, Nokia

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks 

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Shearman & Sterling

Arts 56, Avenue des Arts 56, Brussels, Belgium

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