LeadershIP EU

September 25, 2017 | Steigenberger Wiltcher's, Brussels

LeadershIP EU will take a fresh look at the evolving international IP and Antitrust policy issues in both the United States and the European Union.

The LeadershIP global network is comprised of industry experts, thought leaders, and policymakers with diverse viewpoints but with a common goal of engaging with their colleagues in an open-minded dialogue based on rigorous empirical research and analysis for informed policymaking.

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact info [at] ipleadership.org for more information. 

Event Agenda

08:15 – 08:45

Registration and Breakfast

08:45 - 09:00 Welcome Remarks
09:00 –10:15

Law, Policy and the EU Vision for 5G and IoT
The panel will focus on the technical and business challenges for future technologies such as 5G and IoT, the role of technology standards for realizing the vision of these technologies, and licensing models that enable industries reliant on technology standards, including SMEs, startups, and new businesses.

Panelists:
Eeva Hakoranta Head of Licensing, Nokia
Patrick McCutcheon Policy Officer, DG RTD, European Commission
Luke McLeroy Vice President of Business Development, Avanci
Didier Patry General Manager, France Brevets
Mattias Schneider Senior Licensing Manager, Audi

Moderator:
Richard Vary Partner, Bird & Bird

10:15 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 11:45

SSOs and IPR Policies: Their Role in Realizing Future Technologies
Panelists will discuss the goals and impact of SSO IPR policies towards incentivizing investment in development of new technologies. The panel will also analyze pros and cons of alternative business models -- cooperative SSOs, proprietary technologies, open source, etc. -- for generating new technologies.

Panelists:
Emilio Davila Gonzalez Head of Sector ICT Standardization, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Jorge Padilla Senior Managing Director and Head, Compass Lexecon Europe
Bardo Schettini Gherardini Director of Legal Affairs, European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)
Gregory Sidak Founder and Chairman, Criterion Economics, L.L.C.

Moderator:
Valérie Hamelin Legal Counsel Intellectual Property and Licensing, Orange

11:45 – 13:00

Keynote Address & Lunch
Antti Peltomäki Deputy Director General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission

13:00 – 14:15

Disputes: The Role of Courts and Antitrust Agencies in FRAND Related Commercial Developments in the EU and Beyond
The panel will review the recent FRAND related developments in the courts across Europe, and the interplay with antitrust law and policy in commercial disputes, as well as the impact of Antitrust Guidelines and decisions for Licensing of IPR in non-EU jurisdictions.

Panelists:
Joachim Bornkamm Honorary Professor, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg
Antonio Nicita Commissioner, Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (AGCOM)
Nicolas Petit Professor, University of Liège School of Law
Qishan Zhao Director of IPR Policy, ZTE Corporation

Moderator:
Koren Wong-Ervin Director, Global Antitrust Institute at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

14:15 – 14:30

Break

14:30 – 15:45

International Antitrust Developments: Impact on EU
The panel will focus on the global impact of developments in antitrust enforcement and policy relevant to standardization and IPR. This includes the role that antitrust policy plays in promoting industrial and trade policy in jurisdictions around the world and how to address the potential impact on the European economy.

Panelists:
Paul Lugard Partner, Baker Botts
Luis Ortiz Blanco Partner, Garrigues
Pedro Velasco Martins Deputy Head of Unit for Public Procurement and Intellectual Property, DG TRADE, European Commission

Moderator:
Daniel Sokol Professor, University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law; Senior Of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

15:45 – 16:15

Closing Remarks

16:30

Cocktail Reception

Speakers

Joachim Bornkamm

Joachim Bornkamm is a - retired - Judge of the Bundesgerichtshof, the German Federal Court of Justice at Karlsruhe. He is a German national, born in 1948, who received his law education at the...

Joachim Bornkamm is a - retired - Judge of the Bundesgerichtshof, the German Federal Court of Justice at Karlsruhe. He is a German national, born in 1948, who received his law education at the Universities of Freiburg, Munich, Lausanne (Switzerland) and Oxford (Trinity College, Dipl. in Law), taking law degrees in 1973 and 1976 and the Dr. iur. in 1979 (»Free Press and Fair Trial in English, American and German Law«, Nomos 1980) from the University of Freiburg. In May 2013 the University of St. Gallen awarded him an honorary doctor. After stages as a magistrate and as a judge at the Amtsgericht (Magistrate's Court) and Land­gericht (Regional Court) at Freiburg he worked in the Copyright Department of the Ministry of Justice in Bonn from 1981 to 1983 and was an assistant to the Federal Court of Justice from 1985 to 1988. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal at Karlsruhe in 1989 (Division for Intellectual Property [including patents], Law of Unfair Competition and Cartels). In 1996 he was appointed Federal Judge and member of the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice) where, again, he dealt with Intellectual Property [copyright, trademark, design] and Competition cases. From 2006 to 2014 he was Presiding Judge of the First Civil Chamber (Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition), in 2013 he was also Presiding Judge of the Chamber dealing with Antitrust and Regulation (Kartellsenat). From 2005 to 2010 Dr. Bornkamm was President of the London based Association of European Competition Law Judges (AECLJ). Dr. Bornkamm has been teaching Intellectual Property and Competition law at University for a number of years. Since March 2000 he holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of Freiburg. He published a large number of articles on Intellectual Property and on Competition Law. He is co-author of Köhler/Bornkamm, UWG (Law of Unfair Competition, 36th ed. 2018), of Langen/Bunte, Kommentar zum deutschen und europäischen Kartellrecht (Commentary on German and European Competition Law, 13th ed. 2018,) and of Ahrens, Der Wettbewerbs-prozess (Litigation in Competition Cases, 8th ed. 2017). Since 2014 editor of GRUR (Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht).

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Emilio Dávila -Gonzalez

Emilio Dávila has worked since 2013 in the Unit dealing with Innovation within Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He is responsible of coordinating...

Emilio Dávila has worked since 2013 in the Unit dealing with Innovation within Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). He is responsible of coordinating ICT standardization strategies, and in particular how standardization contributes to innovation. In that context he follows the debates on SEPs and IPR policy within standards developing organizations. Prior to this, Mr. Dávila was research project officer in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (Connected Vehicles, eCall). Emilio started working in the Commission in the Directorate General for Research, within the EU program to support the participation of SMEs. Before joining the European Commission, Mr. Dávila set up and directed the liaison office in Brussels of the Spanish Association for New Technologies, AENTEC, which brought together Spanish high-tech SMEs. Mr. Dávila graduated as Telecommunication Engineer in the Polytechnic University of Madrid and holds a Degree in Law from the Spanish Open University.

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Eeva Hakoranta

Eeva Hakoranta leads patent licensing at Nokia Technologies. In addition to managing licensing operations and strategy she is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters and business development. ...

Eeva Hakoranta leads patent licensing at Nokia Technologies. In addition to managing licensing operations and strategy she is involved in enforcement, regulatory matters and business development.

Having joined Nokia in 2006 to establish an IPR legal organization working with patent licensing and other IPR intensive business transactions, she assumed her licensing position in 2012. Before joining Nokia, she worked in private practice at the leading Nordic law firm Roschier Attorneys, advising international clients on transactional, IP and technology related matters, including litigation and arbitration.

Working for many years at the intersection of business, intellectual property and competition law, Ms Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects and been deeply involved in defining terms for major transactions.

Ms Hakoranta holds a master's in law from Helsinki University. She is active in a number of positions of trust within professional organizations in the field of IP and licensing.

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Valérie Hamelin

Valérie Hamelin received her law degrees from the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas (France) and the University of Paris XII in collaboration with Brunel University London (UK). She started her...

Valérie Hamelin received her law degrees from the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas (France) and the University of Paris XII in collaboration with Brunel University London (UK). She started her career in intellectual property in 2004 in Paris France, with Axalto which then became Gemalto in 2006. In 2011, she joined Orange as Legal Counsel in the Intellectual Property Legal Department. In her current position, Valérie handles legal intellectual property matters in various fields including definition and implementation of comprehensive intellectual property rights policies for the Innovation division of Orange Group; research & development cooperations, standardization and licensing activities as well as patent litigations.

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Paul Lugard

Paul Lugard is a highly regarded EU and international competition lawyer. His practice focuses on complex merger review proceedings, investigations into alleged anticompetitive business practices...

Paul Lugard is a highly regarded EU and international competition lawyer. His practice focuses on complex merger review proceedings, investigations into alleged anticompetitive business practices and cartels. 

Over the past 20 years Mr. Lugard has successfully steered over 100 international mergers and joint ventures through the merger review process of the European Commission and government agencies around the world.  He has counseled some of the world's leading companies on strategic cooperation agreements, platform competition, distribution agreements, technology licensing agreements and standardization. 

Mr. Lugard was a senior vice president and the Head of Antitrust of Royal Philips Electronics  from 2005 until 2012.

Mr. Lugard is active in the development of international competition policy.  He is the Chair of the ICC Competition Commission and serves as a European Commission Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN) and as Vice Chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.  From 2011 until 2013 Mr. Lugard served as President of the Dutch Association for Competition law.

Mr. Lugard graduated in law in 1989 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and in 1990 at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

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Patrick McCutcheon

Patrick McCutcheon is a senior policy officer at the European Commission department for research and innovation. He is currently responsible for the development of a financial instrument to finance...

Patrick McCutcheon is a senior policy officer at the European Commission department for research and innovation. He is currently responsible for the development of a financial instrument to finance commercialization of public research results and review of anti-trust cases involving technology transfer. He managed the Commission expert group on patent aggregation and is responsible for a follow-on study on technology transfer agreements. Previously he contributed to the reviews of; the EU technology transfer Block Exemption Regulation and related guidelines, the EU State aid framework for research and innovation, the technology transfer performance and policies of European public research organizations, the European Commission’s policy statement on procurement of innovation and the Commission’s analysis of corporate investments in R&D and, as a country desk officer, innovation performance of a number of Member States. Earlier he worked as a scientist both in the Pharma industry and as a forensic scientist and managed the implementation of chemicals legislation and development of policy on protection of the marine environment. He holds Masters Degrees in science (chemistry major), business administration and law (specialization in IP and Competition law) from respectively the National University of Ireland, Edinburgh Business School and the University of London.

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Luke McLeroy

Luke is Vice President – Business Development at Avanci, which is the first platform for licensing wireless technology to the Internet of Things (IoT). At Avanci, Luke is responsible for bringing...

Luke is Vice President – Business Development at Avanci, which is the first platform for licensing wireless technology to the Internet of Things (IoT). At Avanci, Luke is responsible for bringing together standard-essential wireless patents from industry leaders, making them available in a single license to IoT device manufacturers who are adding connectivity to their products. 

As an intellectual property attorney with years of experience negotiating collaborative licensing agreements, Luke brings to Avanci a commitment to ensure that all participants in the company’s marketplace receive efficient and transparent access to the technology they need to fuel their devices for the Internet of Things. He is excited about the opportunity to simplify and improve the patent licensing process in a way that works for today’s fast-evolving world of connected products.

Luke joins Avanci from Ericsson where he led the company’s North American patent licensing business. Prior to joining Ericsson, Luke was an associate and then a principal at the law firm McKool Smith in Dallas, helping to resolve major patent disputes between some of the world’s largest technology companies.  Luke is a frequent speaker on patent licensing, and the importance of licensing patents on fair and reasonable terms, at industry conferences including those hosted by the American Bar Association, the Berkley Center for Law and Technology, IAM, the International Telecommunications Union, Stanford Law School and University College London.  Luke attended Texas A&M University and the University of Texas School of Law.

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Antonio Nicita

Antonio Nicita is Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) and Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at Sapienza University of Rome, has been Associate...

Antonio Nicita is Commissioner of the Italian regulatory authority (AGCOM) and Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Economics and Law at Sapienza University of Rome, has been Associate Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Siena, he was Visiting Fulbright Professor at Yale University. In 2005-06 he was a Non-Governmental Adviser of International Competition Network (ICN) for the report on telecommunications sector. He is on the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Law and Economics, European Association of Law and Economics and of the International Society for New Institutional Economics (ISNIE). In 2006-07 he was an economic adviser to the Italian Minister of Communications and member of the Governmental Unit for the Improvement of Regulation. He was Economic Adviser for the 2009 OECD Regulatory Report on Italy.

He holds a Ph.D in Economics form the University of Siena, Italy. His research interests cover Industrial organization, Law and Economics, Competition Economics and Regulation. He is the author of numerous publications

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Luis Ortiz Blanco

Luis Ortiz Blanco is a partner in the EU and Competition Law Department at Garrigues, where he has continued to pursue his professional career after spending ten years (1987-1996) as an official in...

Luis Ortiz Blanco is a partner in the EU and Competition Law Department at Garrigues, where he has continued to pursue his professional career after spending ten years (1987-1996) as an official in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission, Brussels.

Luis specializes in EU and Competition Law and, in particular, in advising and representing clients in administrative and court proceedings before authorities and courts at Spanish and European level (European Commission, National Antitrust Commission, commercial courts, National Appellate Court, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union). He is the go-to lawyer for a large number of multinational and Spanish companies on EU and Spanish competition law and is regularly involved in many of the most high-profile proceedings at European level.

His practice areas cover cartels, cooperation agreements between competing companies, distribution and agency agreements, abuses of a dominant position, merger control, State aid, free circulation of goods and trade defense proceedings.

Directories such as Chambers and Partners Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Who's Who Legal, and PLC Which Lawyer have recognized Luis as a distinguished specialist in antitrust law.

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Jorge Padilla

Dr. Jorge Padilla is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. Dr. Padilla earned M. Phil and D. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is Research Fellow...

Dr. Jorge Padilla is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. Dr. Padilla earned M. Phil and D. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI, Madrid) and teaches competition economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) and at the TSE (Toulouse School of Economics).

He has advised on various cases and given expert testimony before competition authorities and courts of several EU member states, as well as in cases before the European Commission. Dr. Padilla has submitted written testimony to the European General Court and the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal in cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. He has also given expert testimony in various civil litigation (damages) and international arbitration cases.

Dr. Padilla has written numerous papers on competition policy and industrial organization in the Antitrust Bulletin, the Antitrust Law Journal, the Economic Journal, the European Competition Journal, the European Competition Law Review, the European Economic Review, the Fordham International Law Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Economic Theory, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the University of Chicago Law Review, and World Competition.

He is also co-author of The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 2nd edition, Hart Publishing, 2013.

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Didier Patry

Didier Patry is Chief Executive Officer (Directeur Général) at France Brevets SAS. France Brevets is an IP-driven investment, monetization and strategic management consulting company that was set...

Didier Patry is Chief Executive Officer (Directeur Général) at France Brevets SAS. France Brevets is an IP-driven investment, monetization and strategic management consulting company that was set-up by the French government and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in 2011. The goal of France Brevets is to provide solutions for a fair return on IP investment, assist entities in the creation of high value and high quality patents, assist small, medium and large corporations in the strategic management of their IP assets, and generally promote the use of intellectual property and innovations to generate and sustain the growth of tech-based businesses and industrial ecosystems in France and in Europe.

France Brevets has overseen major worldwide licensing programs including on the NFC technology and it has initiated a significant number of patent factories for research organizations and SMEs that have generated high quality patents including in Aerospace and in the 5G technology. France Brevets has assisted numerous start-ups and has actively contributed to their growth and success.

Before joining France Brevets in June 2016, Didier was Director of Legal Affairs for EATON Aerospace in EMEA and he also served as EATON’s Corporate Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property for that region. Didier was also a Director on the Board of several affiliates of EATON in Europe. Prior to joining EATON, Didier was Corporate Chief Counsel of the Strategic Intellectual Property Transactions and Counselling Team of HP in Palo Alto, California, where he led the US, EMEA and Asia-Pac IP Transactions teams and oversaw key strategic initiatives including cloud-related acquisitions, licensing and offensive patent enforcement programs. Prior to joining HP, Didier was a senior associate attorney in the International Patent Prosecution and Litigation Practices of Baker Botts L.L.P. in Houston and London. Didier has also served as the Corporate Chief Patent Counsel for the Swatch Group in Switzerland and as Managing Director of its IP consulting company ICB SA, where he was engaged in a large number of anti-counterfeiting operations.

Didier is a qualified European Patent Attorney and a French Intellectual Property Counsellor. Didier received his Law degree from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies at the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg specializing in Intellectual Property law, EU competition law, and French contract law. He also studied English contract law at the University of London. Didier also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Strategy from the UCD Graduate Business School in Dublin and an M.S. in Material Science. He trained at the Weinstein law firm in Paris, and served in a bureau of the French Ministry of Defense in Paris.

Didier is enrolled in an executive program at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London. He was recognized in 2016 by the Legal 500 in its GC PowerList.

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Antti Peltomäki

Mr. Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr. Peltomäki is responsible...

Mr. Antti Peltomäki is Deputy Director-General of the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate-General since February 2012. In this function, Mr. Peltomäki is responsible for Industrial transformation and Advanced value chains; Consumer, Environmental and Health Industries; and Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Directorates. Mr. Peltomäki is also the Commission representative at the Management Boards of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Before that, Mr. Peltomäki was Deputy Director-General in the Information Society and Media Directorate General where he was firstly responsible for research cooperation in the context of the seventh research framework (2007-2013) and thereafter for regulatory policy in the telecommunications, media and internet fields. Mr. Peltomäki has also worked as Head of the Commission's representation in Helsinki in 2006 – 2007.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, Mr. Peltomäki worked for almost ten years in the office of the Prime Minister of Finland, initially as State Under-Secretary, then State Secretary for EU affairs. A lawyer by training, Mr. Peltomäki began his career as a coordinator of international research and training courses at the Helsinki University of Technology.

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Nicolas Petit

Nicolas Petit is Professor at the Law School of the University of Liege (ULg) Belgium and a Research Professor at the University of South Australia (as of March 2017). ...

Nicolas Petit is Professor at the Law School of the University of Liege (ULg) Belgium and a Research Professor at the University of South Australia (as of March 2017).

He is the co-director of the (LCII) and the director of the LL.M. program in EU Competition and Intellectual Property Law. He seats as a part time advisor in the Belgian competition authority. He was formerly an associate with a leading US law firm in Brussels and he also served as a Clerk at the Commercial Chamber of the French Supreme Court.

Nicolas Petit is the co-author of EU Competition Law and Economics (Oxford University Press, 2012) and the author of Droit européen de la concurrence (Domat Montchrestien, 2013), a monograph which was awarded the prize for the best law book of the year at the Constitutional Court in France. In 2005 he attended Harvard Law School’s Visiting Researchers Program.

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Bardo Schettini Gherardini

Bardo Schettini Gherardini is the Director Legal Affairs in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). ...

Bardo Schettini Gherardini is the Director Legal Affairs in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

Bardo graduated in European law at the law faculty of the University of Florence (Italy) and in International law at University of Aix-Marseille III (France).  Prior to joining CEN and CENELEC Bardo dealt with European law and EU regulatory aspects linked to the implementation of EU legislation in the industrial field, firstly in a law cabinet and then for the American Chamber of Commerce in London, the Italian Chambers of Commerce in Brussels and - as “national detached expert” - the European Commission.

In his capacity of Director of the Legal Affairs Department in CEN and CENELEC, Bardo deals with all relevant legal matters affecting both organizations, including issues related to Intellectual Property Rights in the European standardization landscape.

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Matthias Schneider

Matthias Schneider is the lead expert for standard-essential patent licensing activities at AUDI AG. He was Vice President for IPR at Siemens Communication Devices and BenQ Mobile and Global Head...

Matthias Schneider is the lead expert for standard-essential patent licensing activities at AUDI AG. He was Vice President for IPR at Siemens Communication Devices and BenQ Mobile and Global Head of Defensive Licensing at Nokia Corp. He has played an important role in the development of the Siemens 2G and 3G SEP licensing program and was the lead negotiator of numerous (offensive and defensive) high-value licensing deals for various companies. He has been advisor of major telecom manufacturing companies and patent licensing entities. Matthias Schneider holds a master and a doctorate degree in Computer Science and teaches courses on User Interface Design topics at the Technical University of Munich.

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Gregory Sidak

J. Gregory Sidak is the chairman of Criterion Economics and founding co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, published quarterly by the Oxford University Press. He testifies as...

J. Gregory Sidak is the chairman of Criterion Economics and founding co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law & Economics, published quarterly by the Oxford University Press. He testifies as an expert economic witness throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific on intellectual property, antitrust, regulatory, and contractual disputes in technologically dynamic industries. He has testified extensively on reasonable royalties for patent infringement, including FRAND royalties for standard-essential patents. Sidak has twice served as Judge Richard Posner’s court-appointed neutral economic expert on patent damages. Sidak held the Ronald Coase Professorship of Law and Economics at Tilburg University in The Netherlands and the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellowship in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). While at AEI, he was also a senior lecturer at the Yale School of Management and taught courses with Dean Paul W. MacAvoy on competitive strategy in telecommunications. Sidak was later a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught antitrust law and telecommunications regulation. Sidak received A.B. and A.M. degrees in economics and a J.D. from Stanford University. He was Judge Posner’s first law clerk. He later served on the senior staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President and was deputy general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. Sidak has published six books and approximately 150 articles in scholarly journals and compilations. His writings have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Canada, the European Commission, and many lower courts and regulatory bodies. In 2016, Sidak launched the Criterion Journal on Innovation to serve as a platform for experienced scholars to address a sophisticated audience of real-world jurists and policy makers.

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Daniel Sokol

D. Daniel Sokol is the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Senior Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati....

D. Daniel Sokol is the University of Florida Research Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Senior Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  He is the co-editor of the first three volumes of the Global Competition Law and Economics book series (Stanford University Press), the Oxford Handbook of International Antitrust Economics Volumes 1and 2 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and the Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook (Oxford University Press 2014).  His most recent edited book is The Cambridge Handbook of Antitrust, Intellectual Property and High Tech (Cambridge University Press, 2017).  Daniel’s work has been published in law reviews and economics journals and spans numerous antitrust topics.  Daniel is also a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network for several working groups and is a frequent speaker to both practitioner and academic audiences globally.  In 2014, the Global Competition Review named Daniel the Antitrust Academic of the Year. 

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Richard Vary

Richard is a partner in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms sector Group, based in London. Although he specializes in multijurisdictional electronics patent...

Richard is a partner in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms sector Group, based in London. Although he specializes in multijurisdictional electronics patent litigation, Richard has been involved in a wide range of international litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial  and tax disputes, as well as managing brand protection, trade marks, designs and copyright issues.

Richard has a particular focus on mobile telecommunications patent litigation and arbitration work, and most recently managed Nokia's patent litigation in the UK and Europe against Apple, which led to a successful settlement in May this year with Apple taking a royalty-bearing license to Nokia' patent portfolio and a log term business collaboration deal.   

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, Richard was the Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed Nokia's global commercial litigation and was a member of Nokia's Legal & Compliance leadership team.  During his time at Nokia he managed cross border patent litigations between Nokia and KPN, IPCom, Apple, HTC, Blackberry and Viewsonic. He was heavily involved in the patent litigations with Qualcomm, having overall responsibility for the actions in China, and in the Nokia v Interdigital UK cases for which Bird & Bird was awarded the Patent Case of the year award by Managing Intellectual Property.   Richard managed Nokia's ground-breaking arbitrations on Standards Essential Patent valuations with Samsung and LG, and Nokia's competition law claim in the English court against the participants of the LCD and CRT screens cartels, a case identified by "The Lawyer" as one of the 20 most important cases in 2013.

Richard is a regular and well-regarded public speaker, particularly on issues such as cross-border patent litigation, the UPC and standard essential patents. He has been named twice in Managing IP's yearly list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property and is regularly viewed as a corporate IP star by MIP.  In 2013 he was named 'In-House Counsel of the Year' by the Lawyer.

He sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

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Pedro Velasco Martins

Pedro Velasco Martins is an official at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, since 1996.He is the Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for the European Commission's trade...

Pedro Velasco Martins is an official at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission, since 1996.He is the Deputy Head of the Unit responsible for the European Commission's trade related policy for intellectual property rights (IPR) and public procurement. Pedro Velasco Martins is the Commission negotiator for the IPR chapter in trade negotiations between the European Union and other partners and the European Union's representative at the World Trade Organisation's TRIPS Council. Earlier this year he has been detached to the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, where he was responsible for Trade Defence, Investment, Relations with Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and other Eastern European and Central Asian countries, Internal Market and Digital Single Market. Previously, he worked in the area of Trade Defence Instruments (Anti-dumping) for 6 years. Before entering the European Commission, Mr. Velasco Martins was a lawyer between 1993 and 1996. After becoming a member of the Lisbon Bar Association, he worked as a Partner in the law firm Macedo Vitorino & Associados. His main areas of activity were in the fields of business, aeronautical, banking and financial law. He studied law and concluded post-graduate studies in European law in Lisbon Law University, between 1987 and 1993.

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Koren Wong-Ervin

Koren W. Wong-Ervin is the Director of the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. She is also a Senior Expert and Researcher at...

Koren W. Wong-Ervin is the Director of the Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. She is also a Senior Expert and Researcher at the Competition Law Center of China’s University of International Business and Economics. Prior to GAI, Ms. Wong-Ervin served as Counsel for Intellectual Property and International Antitrust in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where she focused on issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. She also served as an Attorney Advisor to Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua D. Wright. Prior to working at the Commission, Ms. Wong-Ervin spent almost a decade in private practice, focusing on antitrust litigation and government investigations with a particular focus on issues affecting clients in the technology and financial industries.

Ms. Wong-Ervin is a frequent author and speaker on issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property. She currently serves on the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law’s International Task Force and Due Process Task Force, and was previously co-chair of the ABA’s 2016 Antitrust in Asia Conference. From 2012 to 2015, she served as a vice chair of the Intellectual Property Committee within the Section of Antitrust Law. Prior to that, she served on the editorial boards of Antitrust Law Developments (7th edition), the leading two-volume antitrust treatise, and the 2003 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments, an annual supplement to the fifth edition of the treatise. Ms. Wong-Ervin is also co-editor of Competition Policy International‘s North America Column.

Ms. Wong-Ervin graduated second in her class from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was associate editor of the Hastings Law Review. She earned her BS degree magna cum laude in Political Science from Santa Clara University.

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Qishan Zhao

Dr. Qishan Zhao is the IPR policy director of ZTE and is in charge of the legal research as well as public relationship of the IPR issues. She was the postdoctoral fellow of the Institute of Law,...

Dr. Qishan Zhao is the IPR policy director of ZTE and is in charge of the legal research as well as public relationship of the IPR issues. She was the postdoctoral fellow of the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. And she got her master degree and PhD in Peking University. Her main study area is Patent Law and Competition Law, and she has made thorough research about the IPR issues in standardization. She has published several papers including Antitrust Regulation of Patent Exercising Behaviors in Standardization, Dispute about the Application Exception Clause Related to Intellectual Property in China Anti-Monopolization Law, A comparative study on the relationship between injunctions and FRAND statement in China and the EU and Study of the FRAND Royalty Decision in Litigation.

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