This CPD webinar will discuss the standards that are playing an increasingly important role as we move from mobile phones to a wide range of connected devices. New entrants who have not traditionally been part of the telecommunications industry are entering the arena, as wireless connectivity improves existing products and creates markets for new devices and services. Creation of the telecommunications standards has required enormous investments from many companies co-operating to determine the best technical solutions for these standards, and significant patent portfolios have grown from this investment. Patent owners have committed to license their essential patents on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory) terms, but new entrants and new business models challenge our understanding of how this applies. The last year has seen new case law and regulatory decisions which change the rules by which the game is played.
Kevin Scott and Richard Vary will give an overview of the current situation, including the following topics:
The effect of the FRAND commitment in today's world
Willing and unwilling licensees
When is litigation appropriate, and where is it happening?
The rise of SEP arbitration
- What remedies are available (in particular, injunctions and portfolio determinations)
- What is SEP?