Tuesday, 8th October 2019, Hotel Amigo, Brussels

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Gunnar Niels

Oxera, Oxford

Gunnar leads Oxera’s work in competition policy and litigation, with more than 20 years’ experience in the field covering mergers, agreements, abuse of dominance, damages and state aid. He has advised companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Nokia, Mars, Belgacom and Mastercard, as well as government bodies and the European Commission.

Paul Lugard

Baker Botts LLP, 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.

Avantika Chowdhury

Oxera, London and Brussels

Avantika specialises in competition policy and litigation. She has provided economic advice to companies in relation to mergers, horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuse of dominance, including in the context of private litigation and investigations by the European Commission and other competition authorities in Europe and beyond. 


Giulio Federico

Head of Unit, DG Competition

Thomas Kramler

Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG Competition

James Kress

Baker Botts LLP

Andrea Pezzoli

Head of Competition, AGCM

Henri Piffaut

Vice President, French Competition Authority

Martijn Snoep

Chairman, Authority for Consumers & Markets

Pat Treacy

Bristows LLP

Ingrid Vandenborre

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Koren Wong-Ervin

Director of Antitrust & IP Policy, Qualcomm


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ morning welcome

9.15: Morning keynote address

The keynote address will provide a perspective on IP, antitrust and innovation from a senior agency perspective.

10.00: Licencing of SEPs: same old or brave new world? The practitioners’ perspective

The panel will debate the key issues in SEP licensing with reference to the latest cases and judgments from jurisdictions around the world, including Unwired Planet v Huawei, TCL v Ericsson, Qualcomm v FTC and the European Commission’s decision in Qualcomm. Questions to be addressed include: Can national courts determine global licences, as in Unwired Planet and in TCL? How can courts ensure consistency of global licences across jurisdictions when other courts are considering the same patents and licensing rates? Are the approaches applied by competition authorities consistent with the approaches of courts? The panel will also discuss the licensing of SEPs for Internet of Things applications and the impact of recent cases.

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Dominance, abuse and FRAND analysis. An economist hot tub

This ‘hot tub’ session will see two economic experts debate the economic aspects of antitrust and FRAND assessments for SEPs, representing the perspectives of licensors and licensees, and moderated by a ‘judge’, Questions addressed by the experts include: How can one assess dominance and abuse in the presence of FRAND commitments? Are non-FRAND rates necessarily an abusive? When is the ‘ND’ in FRAND violated and when is it an abuse? What are the key issues in assessing FRAND rates?

12.15: Mergers and innovation: two years on from Dow/DuPont

We are two years on from the heated debates about mergers and innovation in Dow/DuPont. What has happened since to mergers in innovative markets? What is the Commission’s current thinking? A senior economist from DG Competition explains.

13.00: Networking lunch

14.15: Digital platforms, data, innovation and market power

This panel will discuss the latest issues relating to market power and competition risks in the world of digital platforms. The panel will discuss the roles of data, algorithms, innovation and IP, and bundling and vertical integration in the consideration of competition issues in the digital economy, including their relevance for market power, consumer harm and for design of remedies. These issues will be covered from a legal, economic and technical perspective and with reference to cases such as Google, Amazon and Facebook.

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Agency roundtable: Antitrust, privacy and fairness in digital markets

Representatives of national competition authorities will provide their perspectives on competition policy in digital markets now and in future. This panel will provide insights from various market studies, application of competition policy and the interaction with other laws, the emerging approach towards merger control and ‘killer acquisitions’, and the latest on the options for platform regulation.

17.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

17.10: Close of conference

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

Ticket prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early € 400 23 Aug 2019
Early € 500 20 Sep 2019
Standard € 900 8 Oct 2019


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