OxFirst will be putting on a free webinar, organized by the ICom Institute for Competitiveness, on Wednesday, July 15, from 16:00-17:30 British Standard Time (that's 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). The title is "Standardisation and Access in Digital and 5G Markets." Here is OxFirst's description:
The event will address one of the most crucial questions in the 5G ecosystem: under FRAND commitments and EU competition law, can players claim licensing rights at each level in the industry value chain? Or, instead, licensing at FRAND conditions can be circumscribed within the standardisation process to a specific implementing level?
Standardisation is a crucial pillar also for telecom markets, especially within the 5G ecosystem, which is based on innovative patented technologies as well as on unprecedented intense interactions among all the stakeholders involved in its extended value chain. FRAND arrangements for standard essential patents seek to represent a balanced competition safeguard, working both at horizontal level within the Standard Setting Organisations, and at the vertical level between patent holders and licensees. It aims therefore to balance incentives to invest in complementary technologies, engagement in efficient standardisation process and effective access to the standard.
Speakers will include Stefano da Empoli, Antonio Nicita, Roya Ghafele, Damien Geradin, Bowman Heiden, and Igor Nikolic. A slightly more detailed description, as well as a link to the agenda, can be found on ICom's website here. Registration is available here.
For previous discussion on this blog of the license-to-all versus access-to-all issue, see here and here. For another recent paper touching on this and related issues, see John "Jay" Jurata, Jr. & Emily N. Luken, Glory Days: Do the Anticompetitive Risks of Standards-Essential Patent Pools Outweigh Their Procompetitive Benefits?, 58 San Diego L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2021), available on ssrn here.