Bird & Bird & WIPO & an evening on FRAND

14 October 2014

17.30 - 21.00

Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

Bird & Bird and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) would like to invite you to an evening discussion on the topical subject of arbitrations to settle FRAND licensing disputes. 

For the past few years, FRAND-related litigation has increased across Europe resulting in different approaches being taken to the national courts. The European Commission has intervened in FRAND-related disputes between major industry players ruling that a standard essential patent holder is entitled to seek injunctions against an unwilling potential licensee, but not against one that has provided a clear indication of willingness. Offers of arbitration are playing an increasingly larger role in determining whether a potential licensee is willing or unwilling to take a licence on FRAND terms.

This talk will be of interest to legal counsel within technology based companies – predominantly the communications, IT and electronics sectors, all of whom are affected by these developments.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

17.30 - 17.50
Coffee and registration

17.50 - 18.00
Welcome and introduction
Jane Mutimear, Partner, Intellectual Property, Bird & Bird

18.00 - 18.40
Review of the latest case law and Commission decisions
Jane Mutimear, Partner, Intellectual Property, Bird & Bird

Christian Loyau, Legal Affairs Director, European Telecommunications Standards Institute: ETSI

Arbitration: an effective mechanism in resolving patent licensing disputes
Garreth Wong, Partner, International Arbitration, Bird & Bird

Suitability of WIPO arbitration rules in FRAND-related disputes
Heike Wollgast, Senior Legal Officer, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

18.40 - 19.10

19.10 - 21.00
Drinks and canapés