The Fall season brings not only football, changing leaves and pumpkins, but also many program opportunities on your favorite legal issues — ours being standard essential patents. Here are some program opportunities in the coming weeks to consider:
Today, Tuesday Oct. 13 at 2pm – 3pm Eastern, Intellectual Property Owners Association IP Chat Channel online webinar program on Standards and FRAND: Recent Developments in the U.S. and Europe. This program will look at recent developments in the U.S. and Europe concerning standard essential patents, including the Ninth Circuit’s decision in the Microsoft v. Motorola case (see our July 31, 2015 post), the European High Court’s ruling in Huawei v. ZTE (see our July 16,2015 post), and developments in the U.S. International Trade Commission after the U.S. Trade Representative’s disavowal in 2013 of exclusionary relief in the Samsung v. Apple investigation (see, e.g., our Aug. 31, 2015 post where full Commission again dodges FRAND issues). Speakers for this program include our own David W. Long, who is a Vice-Chair of IPO’s Litigation Committee. More information and registration can be found at this IPO website link.
Oct. 19 – 20 in Reston, VA, The 15th Annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation: Improving the Efficiency of Handling Patent Litigation. This in-person program will focus on three main areas of patent litigation: (1) patent litigation case management in light of patent legislation efforts and recent case developments; (2) litigating standard essential patent cases; and (3) coordinating parallel proceedings in district court and inter partes review in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There will be three panels discussing standard essential patent issues in the areas of patent owner and prospective licensee obligations based on standard setting commitments, determining what is a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory royalty rate, and efficiently managing cases before district courts and the International Trade Commission. Our own David W. Long is a Co-Chair for the overall conference and a speaker. More information and registration can be found at this Sedona Conference website link.
Oct. 22 – 24 in Washington, DC, American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting. This year’s AIPLA Annual Meeting offers two programs on standard essential patents. On Thursday, Oct. 22, at 3:30 pm, AIPLA’s Antitrust Committee and Standards & Open Source Committee are sponsoring a joint program on Antitrust Law/Standards. This program will focus on the intersection of antitrust law and patent law, such as the U.S. and Chinese competition agency investigations and standardization reform. Speakers include Renata Hesse, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, and Dina Kallay, the Director of Intellectual Property & Competition at Ericsson. This program will be moderated by our own David W. Long, Chair of AIPLA’s Standards & Open Source Committee. On Friday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 am, there will be a program on Antitrust Challenges: The Interface Between the Competition Law and IP Law that will address those issues being faced in Europe and China. Speakers include Mathew Heim of Qualcomm and Mark D. Whitener of General Electric. More information and registration for AIPLA’s Annual Meeting can be found at this AIPLA website link.