[UPDATE] IPKat/LSE Joint Event: The CJEU's billion-dollar questions - who gets a SEP licence and when should an injunction be granted?


Join us next Wednesday at 2PM (London time)
The IPKat's joint panel event with the London School of Economics (LSE) on 21 April 2021 is less than a week away.   The panel will delve into the big questions before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Nokia v Daimler referral
 from the Düsseldorf court.  The event will be building the blocks of the issues in the referral from the ground up - starting with the manufacturing realities, and building up to the licensing and litigation realities, before asking (and even answering) the questions that will be before the CJEU.  The panel is drawn from perspectives from IP, competition and policy, from various levels of the licensing chain and from industry, private practice and the judiciary from Germany, UK, US, Belgium and China.  There will be opportunities for Q&As at the end of the session.  In the spirit of the IPKat, the goal is to learn from each other, debate the issues and drive the discussion forward and, as Merpel's mom always said, this is the space to "disagree without being disagreeable".  

The IPKat and LSE teams hope to see you there!


Date:   21 April 2021

Time:  2PM (London) / 3PM(CET) / 9AM (New York) (2 hours, which includes audience Q&A)

Panelists:  We are delighted to confirm our updated core panelists below:

Judge Klepsch (Presiding Judge, 4c division of the Düsseldorf Regional Court)

Sabine Klepsch is the presiding judge of the 4c division of the Düsseldorf Regional Court, that has rendered the referral decision of 26 November 2020 in Nokia v Daimler to the CJEU. She has presided over her division since 2013 and has worked in patent law since 2002. She studied law and chemistry.  

          Eeva Hakoranta (Chief Licensing Officer, InterDigital)

Eeva K. Hakoranta is InterDigital’s EVP, Chief Licensing Officer, responsible for overseeing the company’s complete licensing portfolio and activities. Ms. Hakoranta joined InterDigital in July 2020 and contributes more than 30 years of experience in the legal and licensing industry. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Hakoranta served more than 13 years at Nokia, most recently as Senior Vice President and Head of IP and Litigation, as well as General Counsel for Nokia Technologies. Prior to leading Nokia’s IP activities, she was influential in building the company’s patent licensing team and significantly growing its licensing revenue. Before Nokia, Ms. Hakoranta served in private practice at Roschier Attorneys Ltd in Helsinki, Finland. Ms. Hakoranta holds an LLM from the University of Helsinki.

Sir Christopher Floyd is a retired judge of the Court of Appeal for England and Wales where he served from April 2013 until February 2021. From October 2018 he was the supervising judge for intellectual property cases in the Court of Appeal. From 2007 to 2013 he was a judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court, a judge and subsequently judge in charge of the Patents Court, and a Deputy Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He now advises on in intellectual property law from chambers at 11 South Square, Gray’s Inn, and is an Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London.

Pat Treacy (Deputy High Court Judge and competition partner, Bristows): 

Pat Treacy has advised on SEP and FRAND issues, including the evolution of the IP policies of ETSI and other standardisation bodies, since the early 1990s. Pat has acted in many cases involving FRAND and related SEP valuation issues both in national courts and before the EU competition authorities. She has advised both licensors/SEP owners and licensee/implementers. Pat has also represented patent pools, again in relation to standard essential technologies, including licensing, negotiation and dispute strategies.  Pat is a member of the Competition Law Association; the UK Association of European Lawyers; and the Competition Section of the Law Society. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and of Competition Law Insight and teaches competition law on the Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law offered by Oxford University.

Dr. Roman Bonn (Global Head of IP, Continental AG):

Dr. Bonn is the Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property at Continental Automative AG and a German and European Patent and Trademark attorney.  Prior to joining Continental, he was the head of IP teams and IP counsel at Siemens AG including in the power generation division and semiconductor division.  He has a masters degree in Physics and doctorate in engineering from the Technical University Darmstadt and University Kassel, respectively.    

Alexandra Yang (Partner, Fangda Partners):

Alexandra Yang is one of China’s premier IP litigators. As a recognized consulting expert to the Chinese Supreme Court’s IP Research Center, she has extensive experience in every area of IP law, including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. Ms. Yang represents many Fortune 500 companies and leading technology companies in matters, such as Apple v. Qualcomm,  Intel v. VLSI, Microsoft v. Neodron, Cisco v. Dunjun, Facebook v. Wireless Wonders, Xperi v. Samsung, Eli Lilly v. Watson, Power Integrations v. Fairchild, Telsa v. Gao and New Balance v. Zhou. She has taken more than ten cases to trial in the Supreme Court and is the only lawyer in China who was selected as the tier 1 litigator by IAM Patent 1000 and WTR in 2020. 

Rebekka Porath (Global IP Policy Director, Intel):

Rebekka Porath is Global IP Policy Director at Intel. She is based in Germany, and has been working for Intel for the past eleven years. Before assuming her current responsibilities for the company’s worldwide IP policy strategy, she has engaged on a variety of policy topics, with an emphasis on standards policy and IP policy. Rebekka is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association, and representative of DIGITALEUROPE in the European Commission’s Multi-Stakeholder Platform for ICT Standardization.  Prior to joining Intel, she has been a staff member of the CTO Office of the Consumer Electronics division of Philips, where she was responsible for coordinating the division’s portfolio of standards engagements.  Rebekka holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Bonn University.

Sven Völcker (Partner, Latham & Watkins):

Dr Sven Völcker is a partner in Latham & Watkins' Global Antitrust & Competition Practice.  With more than 25 years' experience in competition law, Dr. Völcker guides clients through complex antitrust procedures. He has obtained merger clearances on behalf of his clients in a number of major cross-border transactions and has advised on some of the largest multi-jurisdictional cartel and abuse of dominance cases of recent years. With a track record of more than 25 cases before the EU courts, he is also an experienced litigator. His experience includes representing companies in several pending EU investigations into the enforcement of standards-essential patents.

The event is being moderated by James Nurton (co-founder of Lextel Partners).  James is a writer and editor specialising in intellectual property law, business and policy. From January 1996 to October 2017 he worked for Managing Intellectual Property, latterly as managing editor responsible for all the editorial content in Managing IP magazine, managingip.com, conference newspapers, social media and at events.James is now a freelance editor and writer. He has written articles and reports published by WIPO Magazine, EUIPO Alicante News, Bloomsbury Professional Publishing, WIPR, World Trademark Review and The Patent Lawyer magazine, and contributed to the book ‘The Great Catapult: How Integrated IP Management Will Shoot Your Brand to Success’ written by Zeeger Vink. James is editorial consultant for MARQUES and host of the Talking MARQUES podcast. He is a co-founder of Lextel Partners, a consultancy providing editorial and thought leadership services to law firms and other professional service providers.

Registration link: here

Cost:  It is free!

With huge thanks to GuestKat Frantzeska and Dr. Luke McDonagh (assistant professor at LSE) and the LSE staff for their support in organizing and hosting the event. 

[UPDATE] IPKat/LSE Joint Event: The CJEU's billion-dollar questions - who gets a SEP licence and when should an injunction be granted? [UPDATE] IPKat/LSE Joint Event:  The CJEU's billion-dollar questions - who gets a SEP licence and when should an injunction be granted? Reviewed by Annsley Merelle Ward on Thursday, April 15, 2021 Rating: 5

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