The information and communications technology industry relies on voluntary and consensus-driven technical standards more than any other global industry. Today these standards represent key wireline and wireless protocols (Ethernet, WiFi, LTE, etc.) that ensure interoperability and promote competition. Technical standards will underlie the development of the next generation of communications technology (5G) and the seamlessly connected world commonly referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Patented technology is a key component of developing these standards. “Standards Essential Patents” (SEPs) are patents covering technology implemented into a technical standard to the degree that an implementer of the technical standard must use the patent. Many SEP holders, in return for their patent’s acceptance into a technical standard, obligate themselves to license the use of their SEP on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Understanding the legal and policy issues related to SEPs and related FRAND obligations – both in the U.S. and across other key economies – is important to any organization that contributes to standardization processes or utilizes standards in their products.
Join this CLE to hear from practicing lawyers, standardization experts, and government officials to gain understanding about SEP law and policies and their growing impact on 5G and IoT advancements and the impacts practitioners should take into consideration.
3:00 – 3:05 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
3:05 – 4:05 p.m. How Technical Standardization Works and the Role of Patented Technology
This panel will explore the role of voluntary and consensus-driven technical standards in today’s heavily-relied upon wireline and wireless protocols (Ethernet, WiFi, LTE, etc.), as well as in the development of the next generation of communications technology (5G) and the IoT.
Phil Wenblomm, Patent Committee Chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association
Henry Wixon, Chief Counsel, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
4:05 – 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Key Perspectives on SEP Legal and Policy Developments
This panel will feature diverse expert views on the latest SEP law and policy developments, and their growing impact on 5G and IoT advancements and the impacts practitioners should take into consideration.
Avery Gardiner, Senior Fellow for Competition, Data, and Power at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)
Jay Jurata, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Suzanne Munck, Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property, Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission
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