Tuesday, 13 March 2018, Hotel Amigo, Brussels

Global Competition Review is delighted to present this one-day conference, looking at key developments from the last year.

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Paul Lugard

Baker Botts, Brussels

Paul Lugard is a Partner in Baker Botts’ Brussels office, with considerable experience in merger control proceedings, exclusionary conduct, distribution arrangements in the energy and other sectors, technology licensing and matters on the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust law.

Theon van Dijk

E.CA Economics, Brussels

Theon has over 20 years’ experience as an expert on the economics of competition law. He has provided expert economic advice to clients involved in competition law proceedings before the European Commission and competition authorities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.


Tommaso Valletti

Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Tommaso Valletti is the Chief Competition Economist at DG Competition, European Commission. He is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, and also Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Telecom ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, and Turin.


Riccardo Celli

O'Melveny & Myers, Brussels

Hans Friederiszick

E.CA Economics, Berlin and Brussels

Patrick Hofkens

Director of IPR Policy, Ericsson, Antwerp

Andrzej Kmiecik

Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels

Kristina Nordlander

Sidley Austin, Brussels and London

Pat Treacy

Bristows, London

Stephen Weissman

Baker Botts, Washington, DC


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' morning welcome

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

9.05: Morning keynote address

Tommaso Valletti, Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

9.45: FRAND litigation: Is more EU-wide guidance needed and helpful? 

  • How are national courts deciding on FRAND issues, post-Huawei? What does it mean in practice for IP owners and prospective licensees?
  • What is the role of the Commission? Is more guidance helpful, or necessary?
  • What are the most appropriate licensing models to comply with the Huawei requirements?

11.00: Coffee break 

11.30: Innovation in merger assessment

  • Did DG Competition invent a novel theory of harm of innovation competition in Dow/DuPont?
  • What are potential merger innovation concerns from the early research to final stage development?
  • What methods can be used to assess the impact of mergers on innovation incentives?
  • What role should theoretical models play to assess the impact on innovation?
  • What empirical measures are appropriate? How can patent indicators be used to in merger assessment?

12.45: Networking lunch 

13.45: Chairs' afternoon welcome

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

13.50: Competition policy in the digital age

  • How do or should the Commission and other agencies balance competition and IP goals in the digital environment? What are the new theories of harm?
  • Marketplaces, platforms and other new e-commerce environments
  • Big data - to what extent should companies share data sets and algorithms with competitors?
  • Possible implications of the Commission's decision in the Google Search case for third parties

15.20: Coffee break

15.40: The role of IP in the Internet of Things

16.25: Afternoon keynote address

17.10: Chairs' closing remarks

Paul Lugard, Baker Botts, Brussels
Theon van Dijk, E.CA Economics, Brussels

17.15: Close of conference 


Hotel Amigo, Rue de l'Amigo 1-3, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium