On March 5, 2013 at 2:00pm, the Intellectual Property Owners Association is holding a webinar to discuss the potential implications that the FTC-Google consent decree may have on the world of standard-essential patents. The webinar is taking place as part of of IPO’s weekly IP Chat Channel series. David W. Long, a member of Dow Lohnes’s Litigation group and a co-author of The Essential Patent Blog, will be one of the webinar presenters. Details on the webinar and information on how to register for it is after the jump.
You can register for the March 5 webinar by visiting the IP Chat Channel site. IPO’s full description of the webinar is reproduced below, along with some links to previous Essential Patent Blog posts on the FTC-Google consent decree:
Standard Essential Patents: Implications of the FTC-Google Consent Decree
March 5, 2013 at 2:00pm ET
In January there were two important developments at the intersection of patent litigation and standard essential patents (SEPs). First, the Federal Trade Commission released the details of a consent decree with Google regarding the use of injunctions against infringers of SEPs. Then a few days later, the Department of Justice and the USPTO issued an unusual joint policy statement on the same topic. Patent owners and companies whose products may include inventions covered by SEPs are of course interested in what these statements mean for future regulatory action and litigation.
Our panel includes a law professor who specializes in issues surrounding standard setting organizations, an experienced patent litigator and the FTC lawyer who managed the investigation of Google. They will discuss:
- What is the legal basis for the FTC’s jurisdiction in this matter?
- What does the consent decree mean for other companies?
- Do the principles articulated in the decree apply equally to U.S. district courts and the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and foreign courts?
- What will be the role of arbitrators or courts in resolving conflicts over SEPs?
- Will resolution reached in this consent decree result in more or less injunctions regarding SEPs?
- Jorge Contreras, American University Washington College of Law
- David Long, Dow Lohnes
- Nicholas Widnell, Federal Trade Commission
Previous Essential Patent Blog posts on the FTC-Google consent decree: