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Standard Essential Patents Strategy Conference
SEP & FRAND in 5G, Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Grids and beyond...
AudienceP R O F I L E S
Government Officials, EU Representations, EU Commission & Parliament Members,
Officials from the European Patent Office and National/EU member States' IP Offices,
World Intellectual Property Organization, Judicial, Innovation, Finance Administrations,
Universities and Public R&D Centres.
European Judges: 1st Instance, Appeals, Supreme Courts, Judges of Specialized National Patent and EPO Jurisdictions, Commercial Court Judges, Expert Judges, Arbitrators, European and National/Regional Patent Attorneys, IP Agents, Barristers and Sollicitors.
C-Level Executives, Chief IP Officers, General Counsels, Directors of IP Litigation, Heads/members of Patent Departments, Managers of Patent Administration, CTOs, Chief R&D Officers.
Business Federations, IP-related Associations, Private Equity Funds, IP Specialized Funds,
Brokers and Advisors, Strategy & Valuation Consulting Firms, Audit & Taxation Consultancies.
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8.35 - 8.40 am: Opening and Welcome Speech by Yvon Englert, Rector of Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
8.40 - 9.00 am - FOREWORD: The importance of quality when building a global patent system. Preliminary results of national bias and international differences in stringency. Implications for for standard essential patents.
Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, Full Professor, ULB - SBSEM and Secretary General of the QTEM network, Solvay Brussels School, Former Dean, ULB. (Belgium)
I. QUALITY OF PATENT
9.00 - 9.30 am
KEYNOTE SPEECH: Towards a global patent system – the importance of good quality patents
Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USA)
9.30 - 10.00 am
The European approach to Standard-Essential Patents - an update.
Antti Peltomaki, Head of the European Commission Representation in Helsinki (and former DDG of DG GROW).
Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, European Patent Office
Phil Thorpe, Hearing Officer, UKIPO (UK)
10.00 - 10.15 am
Geopolitical Aspects of SEPs: push pull forces in key jurisdictions
Mark Cohen, Professor, Berkeley University, ex IP attaché, US Embassy in Beijing (USA)
10.15 - 10.35 am
Google’s approach on quality of patents:
How to broaden the scope of intangibles. Leverage of data and enhancement of quality of patents. Use of Google Patent Pool to save time and energy to disclose essentiality. Example of IA and Machine Learning. Methods for Corporations, Governments or Academics. Examples of schemes and analytics.
Jay Yonamine, Head of Data Science, Ops and Quality, Global Patents, Google (USA)
II. FRAND AND SEP
10.55 - 11.15 am
“LESS IS MORE”: Uber’s approach of patent portfolio management and data-driven analytics to grow patent portfolio and probability-weighted royalty.
John Mulgrew, Global Head of IP and AGC for Product Legal and Marketing Legal, Uber (USA)
11.15 - 12.05 pm
Declaration of Standard Essential Patents and Determinants of Essentiality : Pitfalls, Remedies and Solutions to strengthen your SEPs.
Incentives of over-declaration in the licensing negotiations. The use of forward citations and technical essentiality. Changes to patent claims during application prosecution. Loss of enforceability and transformation on non-essential patents.
Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft (USA)
Yann Elias, Chief IP Officer, WIKO (France)
Amaryllis Verhoeven, Head of Unit, Industrial Property and the Fight against Counterfeiting, DG Grow, European Commission (Belgium).
Chairman: Jérôme Kommer, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhardt & Sullivan LLP
12.05 - 12.55 pm
The German Approach of Enforcement for FRAND SEP
Keiko Higuchi, Senior Manager for Corporate Licensing Division, Mitsubishi Electric (JP)
Lawrence Horn, CEO, MPEG LA LLC (USA)
Judge Haase (DE)
Judge Kühnen (DE) - video message
Moderator: Gottfried Schüll, Partner, Cohausz & Florack (DE)
12.55 - 2.15 pm LUNCH BREAK
2.15 - 3.05 pm
FRAND: HOW TO CALCULATE A FAIR PRICE ?
SEP Licensing, Royalty share, royalty per SEP, Patent Pool royalty stack.
Dr. Tim Pohlmann, Managing Director, IPlytics GmbH (Germany)
Vladimir Bud, Head of Business Development CEE-DK-SE, Darts-IP (Belgium)
Dave Kaufman, Director – Intellectual Property, AT&T Intellectual Property (USA)
Kim Chotkowski, Vice President, Head of Licensing Strategy and Operations, InterDigital (USA)
Chairman: Dr. Malte Köllner, Patent Attorney, Global Head, Dennemeyer (Germany)
3.05 - 3.25 pm10 Ways to bring transparency and fairness to the SEP issues
1. Major issues at stake
2. Important data around LTE / 5G
Shawn Ambwani, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Unified Patents (USA)
3.25 - 3.40 pm
Toward a more rational approach to SEP quantification
By reference to HEVC, a case study on statistical models for quantifying global SEP populations where owners do not declare.
Nigel Swycher, Chief Executive Officer, Cipher (UK)
3.40 - 4.00 pm : Coffee break
4.00 - 4.50 pm
5G: Standard Essential Patents in Ultrafast-Communication Networks
The case of IOT
Characteristics and scores of essentiality. Prediction models. 5G predicted SEP portfolios. The need for quality patents in the use of ultrafast communications networks.
Background : Enrico Bonadio, Senior Lecturer, The City Law School, City University London (UK)
Heinz Polsterer, Standardization & IPR Management, Deutsche Telekom /T-Mobile International Austria (Austria)
Judson Cary, VP Deputy General Counsel, CableLabs (USA)
Vincent Couteau, Corporate Legal Counsel, Atos (Belgium)
Clemens Heusch, Head of Dispute Resolution, EMEA & APAC, Nokia (Germany)
Moderator: Ryan Richardson, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. (USA)
4.50 - 5.00 pm: 10 min Q&A session
5.00 - 5.50 pm
New strategies for Patent portfolio development and the collision course between OEM and Software Companies
Strategic Overview: Didier Patry, CEO, France Brevets
Dr. Kai Brandt, Patente digitale / elektronische Systeme / Mobilitaet, AUDI AG (Germany)
Robert Pocknell, Chair, Fair Standard Alliance (Belgium)
Christopher Yellick, Vice President, RPX Corporation (USA)
Chairwoman: Denise Benz, Associate, Allen & Overy (Germany)
5.50 - 6.00 pm: 10 min Q&A session
6.00 - 6.15 pm
CLOSING REMARKS: Matthew Newman, Chief Correspondent, mLex. (Belgium)
6.15 pm - 8.00 pm
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States Patent and Trademark Office
In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. He also serves as the principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.
Co-Founder, COO & SVP Legal
Shawn Ambwani is COO and co-founder of Unified Patents. He is responsible for running operations, counsel & docket management, analytics, and marketing. Some call him "the most disruptive person in IP." He has written law review articles on PTAB analytics and procedures (linked here). Previously, he was VP of Licensing and Business Development at Intertrust, responsible for patent and technology licensing programs with over $500 million in revenue. Prior to that he served as EVP at Nexstreaming (KOSDAQ) and co-founded Envivio (NASDAQ), bought by Ericsson. Shawn has a JD/MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mathematics from UCLA. He is a member of the California Bar.
Allen & Overy
Denise Benz is a German qualified attorney and an Associate at Allen & Overy in Munich. She represents clients in patent infringement and invalidity proceedings as well as in arbitration proceedings across a range of technologies, including telecommunications, IT and semiconductors. One of her main practice areas are complex cross-border patent disputes. Denise specializes in the interface of patents and antitrust laws, focusing on disputes involving standard essential patents and FRAND issues.
Senior Lecturer in Law
City University London
Enrico Bonadio is Senior Lecturer in Law at City University London (City Law School), where he teaches various modules on intellectual property law. His current research agenda focuses on the intersection between IP and technology, including Standard Essential Patents and the impact of Artificial Intelligence and robotics innovation on copyright and patent laws. Enrico holds law degrees from the University of Florence (PhD) and the University of Pisa (LLB). He is Visiting Professor at Université Catholique de Lyon (FR) and visiting lecturer at the LLM in Intellectual Property offered by WIPO in Turin (IT) and Ankara (TR). Enrico is a Solicitor qualified to practise in England and Wales as well as in Italy. He practised as Intellectual Property attorney for several years in top-tier international law firms.
Dr. Kai Brandt
Head of Patents Electrics/Electronics
Dr. Kai Brandt is head of patents Head of patents digital/electric systems, mobility at AUDI AG. Kai defended unjustified claims of Patent Assertion Entities in China, Europe, and the US. Therefore, he has developed and implemented a number of effective defense strategies. Currently, Kai is also involved in the ongoing discussion about standard essential patents (SEPs) in the internet of things era. During his professional life, he conducted licensing negotiations for right holders as well as implementers of SEPs. Therefore, he has a deep insight in the stakes held by the different actors in the discussion. He worked several years in Beijing and has been enforcing patents and trademarks in China and other Asian jurisdictions.
Head of Nordics, CEE
Vladimir Bud is the Head of Nordics, CEE at Darts-ip. Holding an LL.M. in European Business Law from the Radboud University Nijmegen, Vladimir has been dealing with IP matters since 2013 when he entered the legal services field as a practicing lawyer, followed by the transition to his current role. Within Darts-ip, he focuses on helping IP professionals and other parties interested in the IP sector, gain a truly global overview on Intellectual Property cases data and identify the underlying trends. Living in Brussels, Belgium, Vladimir enjoys playing tennis, skiing, motor sports, travelling and chocolate.
VP Deputy General Counsel
Judson Cary is Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at CableLabs, a non-profit research and development organization owned by the global cable industry. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Cary worked as an engineer in the Artificial Intelligence Group of U S WEST (now CenturyLink). He also worked as a patent attorney for the law firm Fenwick & West focusing on startups and pre-IPO companies, patents, and general IP protection. He provides general advice and counsel on a wide range of topics including patents, patent licensing, patent pools, standards, technology policy, complex multi-industry agreements, antitrust, and the laws and regulations governing cable operators in these areas. He is also President of Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF) and advises the Immersive Digital Experience Alliance (IDEA).
Corporate Legal Counsel
Vincent Couteau has devoted his career to IP and technology. He is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. His expertise exceeds the legal domain and encompasses all operational IP topics spanning all types of IP rights that feed into the IP bundle. Prior to joining Atos, he has worked with Siemens, K.U. Leuven R&D, Taylor Wessing and Hitter & Associates in liaison with Weiss & Porat, two Israeli law firms with – among others - Nasdaq-quoted companies in their client base. Vincent’s focus goes to cutting-edge IP matters at the intersection of traditional and new business. He is the Vice-President of I3PM - the International Institute for IP Management - and acts as IP expert to Oksigenlab.eu, a network of social entrepreneurs.
Professor, Berkeley University, ex IP attaché, US Embassy in Beijing
University of California, Berkeley
Mark joined the University of California Berkeley Law School in October 2017 as a Senior Fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and as Director of the new BCLT Asia IP Project, which will expand the law school’s reach on technology-related IP issues within Asia. Prior to this position, he served as the first Senior Counsel on China to the USPTO leading its 21-member China team and as both a visiting professor and adjunct professor at Fordham Law School. In total, Mark has over 30 years private, public sector, in-house, and academic experience in China and transition economies, with a focus on technology trade and monetizing intellectual property. Among his accomplishments within government, Mark was posted to Beijing as the first US IP Attaché in China from 2004-2008. Mark holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Mark is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
VP Licensing Strategy and Operations
InterDigital Communications Corporation
Kimberly Chotkowski is VP Licensing Strategy and Operations at InterDigital Communications Corporation. Kimberly was the former CEO of the Licensing Executive Society and was named to the “IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists since 2009. Kimberly has a track record of negotiating complex, global IP licenses and monetization opportunities specializing in assisting businesses in optimizing financial return on research and development on intellectual property portfolios covering a wide array of technologies. Kimberly creates value through innovative and strategical IP management enabling businesses to protect, sell and market technology, enter Joint Ventures, and engage in the full spectrum of IP management. Kim holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Humanities-History from WPI, a Juris Doctorate from the UNH School of Law and an MBA, in international business and finance, from Sacred Heart University, bar member of PA, CT and NY and the USPTO.
Chief Intellectual Property Officer
Yann ELIAS travaille pour la société WIKO, filiale du groupe TINNO, en tant que Chief Intellectual Property Officer, en charge notamment des négociations de licences de brevets et de la gestion des contentieux. Yann a débuté sa carrière à l’ETSI et ILIAD en tant que responsable propriété intellectuelle, avant de travailler pour Technicolor pour négocier les licences de brevets dans les domaines des technologies IPTV et téléphonie mobile.
Associate General Counsel
Isabella Fu is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she leads the team of attorneys responsible for patent prosecution, counseling, and dispute resolution. She joined Microsoft in 2003, and until recently was 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. She has an A.B. in Physics from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Regional Court of Düsseldorf
Carsten Haase is a Judge at the Regional Court of Düsseldorf. He studied law at the Universities of Trier, Lund (Sweden) and at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (UK). After completing his legal clerkship, he was admitted to the bar in February 2010 working for a Düsseldorf law firm specialised in patent law. In November 2012 he was appointed as judge. In March 2014 he became a member of the 4a Civil Chamber at the Regional Court of Düsseldorf which hears primarily patent infringement cases. He became deputy presiding judge of that chamber in January 2016.
Steve Harris is the CTO of Cipher, previously CTO of another UK-based startup, and prior to that an academic at the University of Southampton, specialising in artificial intelligence, information extraction, and graph databases. Steve also advises the UK Government and European Commission on issues of information security and artificial intelligence.
Head of Dispute Resolution, EMEA
Dr Clemens-August Heusch LL.M. is head of Dispute Resolution EMEA at Nokia, responsible for litigation and arbitration throughout Europe, Near East and Africa, with a strong focus on multi-national IP litigation. Since 2008 Nokia has been involved in more than 200 patent cases worldwide. Before joining Nokia in 2008, Clemens was an attorney-at-law at the international law firm Bird & Bird LLP. He studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Bonn, Germany; received an LL.M. degree from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and a doctorate from the University of Cologne, Germany. During his traineeship, he worked inter alia in the competition law team of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne and Brussels, Belgium. 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 based in Germany.
MPEG LA LLC
Lawrence Horn is President and CEO of MPEG LA, LLC, the world’s leading provider of one-stop licenses for standards and other technology platforms. MPEG LA pioneered the modern-day patent pool, helping to produce the most widely used standards in consumer electronics history. It has operated licensing programs consisting of more than 20,000 patents in 90 countries, with more than 250 patent holders and more than 6,000 licensees. Mr. Horn has directed MPEG LA’s licensing and business development since the company began operations. He holds a BA in Chinese Studies from Yale University and a JD from Columbia University.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Jakel is the Founder and CEO of Unified Patents Inc., a company that deters monetization of invalid patents in strategic technology areas, including areas involving standard essential patents. Prior to founding Unified Patents, Kevin served as Intuit’s Head of IP Litigation and before that practiced as a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP. He has advised clients on intellectual property strategy, litigation, and patent prosecution. After a stint as an engineer, Kevin began his career in IP as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Kevin has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in mechanical engineering from UCLA.
Director Intellectual Property
Dave Kaufman is Director of IP at AT&T, where he leads the company’s strategic IP portfolio development and monetisation efforts. In this role, Mr Kaufman draws from his wide-ranging career experience in bringing technology to market for Fortune 50 enterprises and early-stage companies in North America and internationally. Before joining AT&T, Mr Kaufman co-founded mobile transportation company RideCell and led marketing for Elastic Networks, taking the company public and later through acquisition. He also served as a VentureLab Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology and led engineering for EMS Technologies, developing communications systems for the aerospace and transportation industries.
Patent Attorney - Head of Frankfurt Office
Dr. Malte Köllner is an expert in patent prosecution. He leads Dennemeyer's foreign filing practice. He recently developed the Flat Fee Prosecution program for Dennemeyer, which won an IP innovation award in 2014. He has authored numerous publications on Intellectual Property, among others a handbook for the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty), which has developed into a standard textbook for students. He is editor in chief of the scientific journal of the German chamber of patent attorneys, the leading journal on patent law in German speaking countries. He is also well known for his contribution to monetary patent valuation, co-authoring the German DIN standard on patent valuation and is a regular lecturer on IP and its valuation, as well as IP Due Diligence. Dr. Malte Köllner speaks English,German,French and has been active in the field of IP since 1996.
Jérôme Kommer is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Munich and Mannheim offices. Jérôme’s expertise as a German qualified attorney (Rechtsanwalt) covers all aspects of complex patent litigation, including the coordination of international litigation efforts. He represents the firm’s clients both in infringement and invalidity proceedings across a range of technologies, including telecommunications, IT, automotive engineering, medical products, and pharmaceuticals. He has pled cases before the German patent infringement courts at trial and appellate level, in opposition proceedings at the EPO and in nullity actions before the German Patent Court and the Federal Supreme Court, involving, for example, UMTS network access technologies, speech coding, software interface architectures, and radiation therapy devices. Jérôme has extensive experience in disputes involving FRAND licensing and standards, as well as the patentability of software. He teaches patent law at the University of Mannheim.
Dr. Thomas Kühnen
Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf
Dr. Thomas Kühnen was born on January 14, 1960, and has been serving as a judge since June 1988. Starting out in the areas of general civil law and criminal law, he now has been dealing almost exclusively with patent infringement disputes across all technical fields for 28 years. Dr. Kühnen’s activities on all levels of the German judiciary include being a research fellow at the Federal Court of Justice (court of last resort) from 1994 to 1997, presiding over a patent litigation chamber at the Regional Court Düsseldorf from 2000 to 2007, and serving as presiding judge in a patent senate at the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf (appeals court) since 2008. Through the excellent global reputation of its courts, Düsseldorf rates as the leading venue for patent infringement litigation in Germany and Europe. Dr. Kühnen is also extensively involved in scholarly activities, both as author and speaker. He has penned “The Division of the Patent” as well as the “Manual on Pa-tent Infringement”, which is currently in its11th edition. In addition, he frequently con-tributes articles to legal periodicals.
EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE
Yann Ménière joined the European Patent Office as Chief Economist in February 2016. He was previously a professor of economics at MINES ParisTech, where he was leading the Chair on "IP and Markets for Technology". His research and expertise relate to the economics of innovation, competition and intellectual property. In recent years, he has been focusing more specifically on IP and standards, markets for technology, and IP issues in climate negotiations. Besides his academic publications, he has prepared a number of policy studies related to patents for the European Commission and other public organisations. He has been teaching the economics of IP at Imperial College, Université Catholique de Louvain and CEIPI.
Head of IP
Mlex Market Insight
Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules. He began working at MLex in April 2012 and has covered mergers, antitrust and state-aid cases. He spent a year studying French, history and communications in Grenoble, France in 1988 and 1989 and is a graduate of Boston University with degrees in history and journalism. He earned a diploma in competition law from King’s College in 2016.
Chief Executive Officer
Didier Patry is Chief Executive Officer of France Brevets, a company created by the French State and Caisse des Dépôts. Before that he was Director of Legal Affairs for Eaton Aerospace and also Head of Intellectual Property Affairs for the Eaton Group in Europe. Didier started his career at the Ministry of Defense in Paris and then joined the Swatch Group in Switzerland, where he directed the patent activities. He then worked at the Baker Botts law firm in Houston and London. He then joined the HP group where he was in charge of strategic transactions in the United Kingdom and then in the United States at HP's headquarters in Palo Alto. He has been involved with HP in the acquisition and sale of patent portfolios and in more than 60 M&A transactions. He has also been in charge of strategic partnerships with Intel, Microsoft and other entities such as Renault F1.
Ambassador for the EU in Finland
Antti Peltomäki is the Head of the Commission Representation in Finland. He was previously the Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME's. He joined the European Commission in July 2006. After having graduated from the Helsinki University (Master of Laws), Mr Peltomäki started his professional career at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1986. Then he occupied, amongst other, the positions of Counsellor of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament, Officer in the EFTA Brussels office, Special Adviser in the Finnish Ministry of Justice, State Under-Secretary in the Finnish Prime Minister's office and finally State -Secretary for EU Affairs in the Prime Minister's office.
Fair Standards Alliance
Robert is Chair of the Fair Standards Alliance. He is also CEO of N&M, a founding member of the FSA, and has over 25 years’ experience in advising clients on IP matters. He was in private practice for 12 years before becoming General Counsel of a mobile phone manufacturer for 6 years; he spent 2 years as IP Counsel at TomTom, the leading satellite navigation company. Robert has advised small and large companies on patent licensing in the wireless industry
Tim is the CEO and founder of IPlytics - an IP intelligence tool that augments the analysis of technology landscapes and a company’s competitive position. Tim is an external research associate at the "Law and Economics of Patents Group" CERNA, MINES ParisTech and an associate at Berlin Institute of Technology. Tim earned his doctoral degree with the highest distinctions from the Berlin Institute of Technology with a dissertation on patenting and coordination in standardization. During the last 10 years Tim has been actively involved in preparing studies for the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the German Federal Government on standard essential patents, FRAND and patent pooling.
Standardization & IPR Management
Heinz Polsterer is the Head of Standardization and IPR Management in the Deutsche Telekom Technology Group. For more than a past decade he has been involved in several global key initiatives with the aim to improve the IPR environment and facilitate innovation. Heinz is the founding member of the ETSI IPR Special Committee. In 2005, he organized the first meeting of the Committee in Vienna, resulting in a series of improvements to the ETSI IPR rules. Until recently, Heinz was the head of the NGMN working group on patent pools, focused on predictable and reliable royalty rates for new technologies. The work of the group resulted in the creation of various LTE patent pools. In 2011, with the telecommunication industry increasingly under threat from aggressive patents exploitation and poor patent quality, Heinz Polsterer was instrumental in the creation of the IPR Working Group in GSMA, he is chairing up to now. The Group has been set up in order to protect innovation and to prevent misuse of patents. Currently, the GMSA IPR Working Group is involved in activities associated with the creation of the European Patent Court System (UPC) and to improvements to the quality patents worldwide. Beside his work on IPRs he is heading the Standardization activities of Deutsche Telekom since 2001.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Ryan C. Richardson is a director in Sterne Kessler's Electronics and Trial & Appellate Practice Groups. Ryan's practice focuses on post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as U.S. district court litigation and International Trade Commission litigation. His technical experience spans numerous disciplines including wired and wireless communications, graphics processing, electronic circuits, and MOS technology and logic. Ryan also specializes in a variety of Standard Essential Patent related issues ranging from procurement to litigation, and also including SEP licensing with respect fair reasonable and non-discriminatory obligations. His SEP practice focuses on developing and applying strategies for both SEP holders and SEP implementers, as well as providing opinions relating to essentiality determinations and SEP patent pools.
Cohausz & Florack
Gottfried Schüll is a patent attorney and long-time partner at COHAUSZ & FLORACK. He has acted as lead counsel in well over 750 patent disputes and nullity proceedings. He represents market-shaping patent holders in the fields of information and communication technology as well as electronics, and for the past 20 years has been continuously involved in the successful enforcement and monetization of patent portfolios that are amongst the most valuable worldwide. Such portfolios are built on standard essential patents (SEPs) (MPEG-2, AVC/H.264, ADSL) and non-SEPs (RAM, NFC).
Chief Executive Officer
Nigel Swycher is the founder and CEO of Aistemos, an IP analytics and strategy company with headquarters in London. Nigel is committed to providing more accessible information about technology protected by patents globally. Our product Cipher harnesses AI and machine learning to understand who owns patented technologies, to enhance the competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector. Nigel is also a director of ORoPO (the Open Register of Patent Ownership) and is a recognised by IAM Strategy 300 as an expert in the field. Prior to Aistemos, Nigel had a long career in the law first as an intellectual property partner with leading law firm Slaughter and May and later as head of technology at Olswang.
UK Intellectual Property Office
Phil Thorpe is a Deputy Director and Inter-Partes Hearing Officer at the UK Intellectual Property Office. During his more than 20 years with the Patent Office, Phil has been heavily involved in IP policy including representing the UK in the TRIPS Council. He has been seconded to the EU Commission where among other things he worked on the Community Patent Regulation. Phil was also seconded to the secretariat for the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights that considered intellectual property from the perspective of developing countries Phil now heads a number of examining groups handling mainly mechanical subject matter. He is also responsible for the IPO’s Patent Opinions Service.
Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
Solvay Business School
Bruno van Pottelsberghe is Full Professor and, as holder of the Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation, he teaches courses on the economics and management of innovation and intellectual property. His research, which focuses on patent systems, the valuation of patents, and science and technology policies, has been published in several international scientific journals. He worked at the Research Institute of the Ministry of External Trade and Industry Research Institute (METI/RI) in Tokyo in 1995. From 1997 to 1999, he was a consultant at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI) in Paris. From 2005 to 2007, he has been Chief Economist of the European Patent Office in Munich. From 2011 to 2017, he has been Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. As Dean of the SBS-EM he initiated and chairs the QTEM Master network (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management), a global network of universities focusing on analytical techniques applied to economics and business.
Head of Unit, Industrial Property and the Fight against Counterfeiting, DG Grow
Amaryllis Verhoeven is Head of the Intellectual Property Unit at the European Commission (DG GROW F3). She joined the European Commission in 2001 and has worked on a wide range of issues related to building and functioning of the Single Market as well as on energy policy issues. Amaryllis has a Ph.D. in law and political theory and holds an LL.M. degree of Harvard Law School. She lectures at the Law Faculty of the KU Leuven (Belgium) and has authored a book & academic articles. Before joining the European Commission, Amaryllis worked as an attorney in the offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Chris Yellick is Vice President, Solutions at RPX Corporation where he focuses on providing advanced, innovative thought to topics important to RPX’s members. Before joining RPX, Mr. Yellick was an Expert Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was a core member of the Strategy Practice and focused on intellectual property (IP). At BCG, Mr. Yellick worked with leading companies across multiple industries on a variety of IP matters, including, IP strategy, design and organization of IP departments, and IP value creation. Mr. Yellick has an LLM in Intellectual Property & Information Law from the University of Houston, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and an MS in Computer Science from DePaul University.
Head of Data Science, Ops and Quality, Global Patents
Jay is currently the head of Data Science and Operations for Google's Global Patents Organization. In that role, he oversees machine learning, software, database architecture, and business intelligence for the patents org. Previously, Jay has held data science positions in insurance and social media analytics companies and has consulted for various government agencies and startups. Jay holds a PhD in political science from Penn State University, where he focused extensively on machine learning based forecasting models of political conflict.
EXCUSED OF THE CONFERENCE
Head of IP strategy & development
Group D Senior Manager, Corporate Licensing Division
Ms. Keiko Higuchi is Senior Manager of Group D, Corporate Licensing Division of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. Ms. Higuchi has been dealing with intellectual property licensing and transaction for more than 25 years. Her previous career includes managerial position at Renesas Electronics Corporation and at Megachips Corporation where she dealt with licensing and IP litigations in the field of semiconductor business. Ms. Higuchi received her bachelor's degree in North American Studies at the University of Tokyo.
Director and Technology Licensing Officer, Technology Licensing Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Director-General for Internal Market, Industry and SMEs
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About Solvay Brussels School of Economics and ManagementSolvay is widely recognised in Europe as a top player in research and education in economics and management. Our mission is to produce pioneering research and educate women and men to become true leaders and entrepreneurs in their field and be able to constantly adapt and shape the future. Solvay is the School of Economics and Management of Université libre de Bruxelles.
About Unified Patents Inc.Unified employs a multi-faceted solution to deter abusive patent assertions in the Standard Essential Patent (SEP) and Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) technology areas (Zones). These actions are intended to improve patent quality and help technologies thrive. Startups can join for free, while larger companies pay small yearly subscriptions. Unified has successfully challenged more patents and entities than all other 3rd parties combined.
About CipherCipher provides the analysis you need to support strategic IP decisions. Cipher is the recognised leader in AI and machine learning on patent, licensing and litigation data to provide insight into complex technology landscapes. Designed specifically to deliver competitive intelligence, support licensing transactions and to mitigate litigation risk, Cipher provides on-line analysis of companies and technologies.
About COHAUSZ & FLORACKCohausz & Florack is a law firm founded in 1954 comprising 27 patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law as well as about 100 employees. The multidisciplinary law firm has offices in Duesseldorf and Munich. The firm supports its clients - international companies as well as medium-sized companies in Germany - in all matters relating to intellectual property (IP) rights and unfair competition. This includes, among other services, the drafting and filing, administration and licensing of extensive IP portfolios, searches for third-party IP and the associated Freedom-to-Operate expert opinions as well as cooperation agreements. C&F also represents its clients in proceedings concerning the infringement and validity of IP rights. To this end, the firm’s lawyers possess particular expertise in their respective fields and work together on an interdisciplinary basis, combining all technical fields under one roof. In this way, C&F makes a decisive contribution to ensuring that companies invest in developments and remain competitive.
About Dennemeyer - The IP GroupThe Dennemeyer Group has been setting benchmarks for all services and software solutions in the IP industry for 55 years. Dennemeyer evolved very rapidly into the world’s most comprehensive full-service provider for the protection and management of Intellectual Property rights: from legal services (Dennemeyer & Associates), software and management services (Dennemeyer IP Solutions) right down to IP consulting (Dennemeyer IP Consulting).
About France BrevetsCreated in March 2011, France Brevets is the first investment fund fully dedicated to patent promotion and monetization in Europe. Funded with €100 million, France Brevets deploys a broad array of legal, financial, technical and commercial resources, leverages its resources and network of worldwide best-in-class experts, working for the purpose of monetizing patents or acquiring patent rights for innovative ecosystems to secure rights protecting freedom to operate.
About IntelIntel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices.
About IPlyticsIPlytics Platform is an IP intelligence tool that augments the analysis of technology landscapes and a company’s competitive position. IPlytics Platform goes beyond patent data by linking and processing over 80 million patents to 60 million scientific articles, 2 million standards/SEPs and 3 million company information on one single platform. The tool helps users to perform analyses in the fields of patent valuation, landscaping, licensing, transfer or litigation. The intuitive graphical user interface allows to easily navigate, analyze and drill down into information, enabling in-depth technology analyses or a long-term monitoring of market segments.
About Patent-PilotPatent-Pilot is a business intelligence tool for patent law firms. Using our software, users can investigate patent law firms, their clients, partners and competitors with easy to use search functions and stream-lined dashboards. Find new clients and partners. Analyze the flow of work from the applicant to outside counsel to foreign counsel. Learn who the likely decision maker is – the law firm or the client. At your fingertips, Patent-Pilot gives you insights for more than 22,000 patent law firms and over 1.6 million applicants worldwide. It is the most comprehensive source of information regarding patent representations available anywhere.
About RPX CorporationRPX Corporation is the leading provider of patent risk solutions, offering defensive buying, acquisition syndication, patent intelligence, insurance services and advisory services. Since its founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. The San Francisco-based company’s pioneering approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise, and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. By acquiring patents and patent rights, RPX helps to mitigate and manage patent risk for its growing client network. As of June 30, 2019, RPX had invested over $2.6 billion to acquire more than 47,500 US and international patent assets and rights on behalf of approximately 320 clients in eight key sectors: automotive, consumer electronics and PCs, E-commerce and software, financial services, media content and distribution, mobile communications and devices, networking, and semiconductors.
About RWSIn addition to patent translations, RWS Group provides a comprehensive range of services including interpreting and language support services that meet the needs of a variety of exacting sectors. Accurate and professional translations of any document or language combinations, combined with robust checking procedures and project management ensures work is delivered on time and on budget. Inovia is the largest foreign filing provider in the world. Our model is simple: we combine technology and a global network of foreign associates to create value for our clients. The inovia.com platform offers a “one-stop-shop” experience so that our clients can save both time and money on their foreign filing work.
About Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & FoxSterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. is a law firm specializing in the protection, transfer and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Since its founding in 1978, Sterne Kessler has grown to become the sixth largest IP specialty law firm in the United States. The firm, based in Washington, DC, currently employs over 150 attorneys, patent agents and technical specialists, including over 50 with masters degrees and an additional 50+ with a doctorate in science or engineering. The firm's integrated practice helps clients develop IP strategy and freedom-to-operate; prepare and prosecute patents and trademarks globally; and defend and enforce patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Supreme Court, and all forums in between.
About Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLPWe are a 800+ lawyer litigation firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, Seattle, Boston, Salt Lake City, Tokyo, London, Mannheim, Hamburg, Paris, Hong Kong, Munich, Sydney, Brussels, Zurich, Shanghai, Perth and Stuttgart. We aggressively litigate a wide variety of business disputes for Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller companies. We do not simply “handle” cases for years before settling them on the courthouse steps. Our goal is to seize the initiative and resolve them quickly, because it is in our clients' interests to do so. If a case cannot be resolved short of trial, we have the experienced trial lawyers who can try it. Our business is winning cases—and we do.
About Darts IPDarts-ip provides global information and analytics that support IP prosecution and litigation activities. Through our platform, IP professionals gain unparalleled insights into IP rights, companies, jurisdictions, legal topics and market trends. Darts-ip users can quickly search and track more than 4 million cases covering trademarks, patents, copyrights, designs & models, domain names, and unfair competition. A dedicated team of local legal experts, in partnership with cutting-edge AI and machine learning tools, extract key data points from every case. From prosecutors to litigators, R&D to business intelligence experts, Darts-ip’s smart tools help win cases, build strategies and identify new opportunities.
About Allen & OveryAt a time of significant change in the legal industry, Allen & Overy is determined to continue leading the legal market, as we have done throughout our 88-year history. Our lawyers are involved in many of the most influential commercial ventures – and are known for providing clients with pioneering solutions to the toughest legal challenges. To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. A&O’s patents team acts for the world’s leading companies in the most complex disputes and transactions. We are at the forefront of technology patent litigation across Europe and have been involved in most of the significant Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) cases to date and are currently advising on some of the most important FRAND cases in the telecoms industry around the world.
About PatentlyPatently is the intuitive patent data platform designed by patent experts and UX gurus. It features the C-Tree®, an instantly understandable visualisation of patent families complete with comprehensive status and relationship details. We group patents together in intelligent family groupings using our Genetic® family concept. Users can review, rate and comment on patents of interest within the platform and share these findings with colleagues, clients, investors, using Patently Messenger™ our secure non-email communications module. With this suite of productivity tools, Patently has enabled users to gain huge efficiencies when it comes to performing patent review.
About ACT | The App AssociationACT | The App Association represents more than 5,000 app makers and connected device companies around the globe in the mobile economy. Organization members leverage the connectivity of smart devices to create innovative solutions that make our lives better. ACT | The App Association is the leading industry resource on market strategy, regulated industries, privacy, and security.
About AIPPIThe International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle), is the world’s leading International Organization dedicated to the development and improvement of laws for the protection of intellectual property. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, based in Switzerland with over 9000 Members representing more than 100 countries.
About CIPUThe Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) is an independent, non-profit organization the helps to raise awareness of intellectual property rights and how they impact people’s lives. CIPU makes IP rights more intelligible by showing what they accomplish, holding events and encouraging discussion between IP users and owners. The organization makes it easier forpeople to connect the dots between why rights like patents, copyrights and trademarks (and trade secrets) exist, how they work and who they ultimately effect. Founded in 2016, CIPU provides a framework for understanding IP rights’ role in establishing inventions, creative works like music movies and books and brands. CIPU also examines how IP promotes competition and jobs.
About DuvelWe are not going to claim that working for an independent, family brewer like Duvel Moortgat is as spectacular as landing on the moon, but it is nevertheless very special. We have been brewing for four generations now, since 1871. Since the very beginning our family is devilishly possessed by the quality of every drop, every barrel and every bottle of the 1.4 million hectoliters of specialty beer that we produce annually. We use the best, natural ingredients, with a great deal of patience and respect for the planet.
About Institut Stanislas de BoufflersThe Stanislas de Boufflers Institute brings together intellectual property specialists from all backgrounds (academics, civil servants, judges, lawyers, industrial property attorneys) who share the common desire to work to protect innovation. Its purpose is to promote an innovation that serves the public good. To this end, the Institute releases reports to the public authorities and organizes events to promote the protection of innovation. The Institute is led by a Board of Directors headed by Supervisory and Management Committees. Commissions report on topics set by the Scientific Committee. Anyone paying the membership fee is likely to join the Institute and to participate in its activities.
About IP Close UpIP CloseUp is a leading source of news and perspective for people interested in the business of intellectual property. Decision-makers regularly turn to IP CloseUp to get the latest news and ideas on patents, people and transactions, and the trends that affect them. The blog has generated more than 60,000 visits. IP CloseUp readers include IP executives, attorneys, private equity, VC and public stock investors, entrepreneurs, journalists, analysts, service providers, researchers and inventors. Regular features include Transactions, People, Places and Events.
About Fair Standards Alliance (FSA)Founded in 2015, the Fair Standards Alliance (FSA) is an alliance of European and global companies, large and small, that operate across multiple sectors and advocate for fairer licensing of standards-essential patents (SEPs) that are needed for the creation of the next generation of wireless technology products. The 46 members of the FSA participate in the 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) industries and collectively spend more than 100 billion euros annually on R&D and innovation and have more than 300,000 patents that are either granted or pending. They are united by a strong conviction that SEPs must be licensed on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms, which accomplishes two goals: firstly, implementers of a standard can feel secure that they can get licenses on fair and reasonable terms, and secondly, the SEP holders can receive appropriate remuneration for their patented inventions.
About GRUR Annual Meeting25 – 28 September • Westend Campus Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany • Meet the German IP community • Enlarge your IP expertise • Discuss the digital transformation and future of IP • Network with 700+ IP professionals from 30+ nations • Discover Frankfurt, an international, multicultural and thriving city where business, art, history and innovation combine into an exciting vision for the future. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided for all parts of the working programme. We look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt!
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About PaRRPaRR delivers global intelligence, analysis and data on competition law, anti-corruption enforcement, cybersecurity/ data privacy, and sector-specific regulatory change. We are the only news service to cover the competition landscape from a truly cross-border perspective. From an enforcement action in China that signals the US and the EU will follow suit, to how a merger can flounder due to unforeseen opposition from a competition agency in Asia, PaRR connects the dots. Our coverage spans North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, with a dedicated team of specialist reporters and analysts on the ground in each region.
About Juve PatentJUVE Patent is an extensive online platform with daily reporting on the European patent market. JUVE has been reporting on the UPC, the European Patent Office and developments at law firms and in-house departments for twenty years – now also in English. From litigation and law firm news to in-depth reports, rankings and market analysis, JUVE Patent provides daily coverage on the entire European patent market, with a strong focus on France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. JUVE is a publisher based in Cologne, Germany. Established in 1997, JUVE offers high-quality journalistic analysis on a variety of industries within the legal and tax fields.
About mLex Market InsightMLex is an independent media organization providing exclusive market insight, analysis and commentary on regulatory risk. Our customers, the world’s leading law firms, corporations, advisory firms and regulators, rely on MLex to ensure they are well positioned to take advantage of opportunities posed by regulatory change as well as mitigate the risks. With a track record of uncovering regulatory risk before it breaks in other news outlets, we offer up-to-the-minute coverage of regulatory threats and opportunities from the perspectives of M&A, antitrust, trade, & digital privacy and security, as well as sector-specific regulation across TMT, energy and financial services
About IPWatchdogIPWatchdog.com is an intellectual property publication, focusing on patents, innovation policy, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. Patent Attorney, Gene Quinn is the Founder, President & CEO. We have a variety of Guest Contributors who offer their unique expertise and commentary on a variety of intellectual property, innovation and technology issues.
About IPKATPassionate about IP! Since June 2003 the IPKat has covered copyright, patent, trade mark, info-tech, privacy and confidentiality issues from a mainly UK and European perspective. Read, post comments and participate! The team is Eleonora Rosati, Annsley Merelle Ward, Neil J. Wilkof, and Merpel. E-mail the Kats here! The team is joined by GuestKats Mirko Brüß, Rosie Burbidge, Nedim Malovic, Frantzeska Papadopolou, Mathilde Pavis, and Eibhlin Vardy. SpecialKats: Verónica Rodríguez Arguijo (TechieKat), Hayleigh Bosher (Book Review Editor), and Tian Lu (Asia Correspondent). InternKats: Rose Hughes, Ieva Giedrimaite, and Cecilia Sbrolli.
About LexisNexisLexisNexis, legal intelligence: contents and data for best legal decision making LexisNexis is the 1st world group of the legaltechs with products like Lexis 360, Lex Machina, Ravel Law or Lexis Advance. In France, LexisNexis is the actor leader of the solutions of information and analytics for the professionals of the right and the figure. The company is based on a leading expert testimony centenary and the control of technologies like the artificial intelligence and semantics, to conceive a vast product range and services: Lexis 360 (nearly 80,000 professional users in France and more than 15 million contents), the Poly range and its legal writer of documents automated by the IA, JurisData Analytics or Lexis News. These tools are used by the professionals of the right to make the best decisions and to optimize the legal security, the productivity and the performance.
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