Thursday 15 July 2021 ore 17:30 - 19:00
On Thursday 15 July, the DEEP-IN NETWORK, powered by I-Com, organised the webinar “Contribution to the Debate on SEPs: The SEPs Expert Group’s Report”.
The event provided a forum for a fruitful dialogue among EU academics and experts on Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), which are a key contributor to industrial innovation and competitiveness. Patents provide incentives for research and development and facilitate knowledge transfers. Standards ensure the rapid diffusion of technologies and the interoperability between products. Many standards are based on patented technologies. Patents that are declared essential to a standard are likely to be particularly powerful patents and for this reason they are subject to the FRAND rules (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory). Despite these rules, SEPs are the subject of many patent disputes at global level and several questions on their regulation remain.
The webinar, introduced by Mr. Nicita, Professor of Economic Policy, LUMSA, started from the recent Report published by European Commission Expert Group, and examined the policies adopted by Standard Developing Organizations (SDOs), as well as the contrasting economic theories that provide differing interpretations of FRAND licensing rules and the implications that derive from them. The debate also explored the transnational nature of patent disputes and the diffusion of anti-suit injunctions aimed at impeding a party to launch a controversy at another jurisdiction. The webinar was also an opportunity to analyze the difficulties on the application of FRAND rules in the context of the Internet of Things.
After the panel, moderated by Mr. Colangelo, scientific and managing Director, DEEP-IN NETWORK, the event continued with a live Q&A session.
Please find attached the event’s agenda.
University of Liege and ICLE
University of Basilicata and Stanford Law School
London School of Economics
University of Rome – LUMSA
European University Institute
University of Zurich