Workshop 6

Challenges of SEP Licensing in a Fully Connected World

The fourth industrial revolution will see connectivity technologies gradually integrated across all industry verticals. This revolution will not only disrupt business models around connected devices but also make intellectual property (IP) professionals reconsider how to deal with IP as they are faced with the ever-growing challenge of ensuring that they have the necessary assets to hold their own while they must license-in and license-out an increasing number of so called standard essential patents (SEPs). The transformation of industries such as automotive, manufacturing, energy, home appliance or healthcare will make connectivity standards indispensable. Corporate IP teams in more traditional industries have yet little experience with patent licensing. Such teams must now handle SEP licensing, ensuring to pay a reasonable royalty that is not more than what their competitors pay while making sure to act like a willing licensee. On the other hand, SEP holders must offer simple and transparent solutions around SEP licensing that ensure FRAND terms and that lead to more deals and less disputes.

Among other topics the speakers will discuss:

  • How to manage aspects of patent licensing when implementing technology standards subject to SEPs.
  • How to provide more flexible SEP licensing approaches that decrease legal uncertainty on both sides of the table.
  • How to deal with the increasing demand for better data around the changing patent landscape in an ever more fully connected world.

Start Time: 16:00
End Time: 17:30

Ballroom West/Center
Le Centre Sheraton Montréal 1201 Boul. René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC, H3B 2L7