Friday, February 2, 2018

Some Upcoming Events on FRAND/SEP Issues

1.  The American Bar Association (ABA) will be hosting a webinar on Friday, February 9, titled Update on Standard-Essential Patent Litigation in China, from 11:30-1 p.m. Eastern Time.  Speakers will be Fei Deng, Shan Jiao, Fang Qi, Su Sun, and Ye Zhao, moderated by Robert McNary.  Here is the description:
China has become a hot litigation battlefield for SEP owners and prospective licensees.  The Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court issued an injunction decision in Huawei v. Samsung earlier in January, while a number of cases such as Apple v. Qualcomm, Iwncomm v. Sony, and Iwncomm v. Apple, are just heating up.  Lawyers and economists will discuss their first-hand experiences litigating SEP cases in China.
More information here.  Hat tip to the Antitrust & Competition Law Blog.

2.  On March 6, WilmerHale UK will be hosting an event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. titled Global IP Litigation and the UK's Future Role: A Discussion With Mr. Justice Birss.  Below is the description; I understand the event is free, but those planning to attend should register.
WilmerHale is delighted to invite you to a seminar in which Mr. Justice Birss, a judge of the Patents Court, and now the Business and Property Courts Supervising Judge for the Midland, Wales and Western Circuits, will discuss the future role of the UK in global and European IP litigation proceedings.
During what promises to be an interesting and lively evening, Mr. Justice Birss will address the UK's position in global IP litigation. The Judge will also discuss the introduction of the Business and Property Courts, the UPC, the shorter and flexible trials schemes, and some specific aspects of current litigation strategy, including Arrow declarations and FRAND.
Partners from WilmerHale's London Intellectual Property Litigation team (Trevor Cook, Matthew Shade, Anthony Trenton and Justin Watts) and IP Litigation Group Co-Chair Mark Selwyn will chair and introduce the evening, and discuss global IP litigation and possible future forum shopping in the UPC.
The seminar will be followed by drinks and canapés.
3. The IP Chat Channel will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 28, titled FRAND Litigation After TCL v. Ericsson, from 2-3 pm Eastern Time.  I will be one of the speakers, along with Professor Jorge Contreras and Christopher Thomas of Hogan Lovells.  I will have more information soon.  Hat tip to me.

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