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Wed. 11th
May 2022
5pm-6pm CET

Standard Essential Patents

Global Digital Encounters 20


During, and further to the COVID Crisis, the role of Standard Essential Patents became even more central. Its massive use in key economic sectors brings important legal consequences, for IP in general, and for the circulation of IP Rights. What benefits and challenges do the recent EU initiatives bring, considering, in particular, the “New Framework for SEPs”, the new “Draft Guidelines on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements” and the EU’s New Industrial Strategy”? Which issues arise with Licensing of SEPs in the Internet of Things? What are Government strategies related to SEPs and injunctions? What may be the impact of the cellular standardization system on innovation? Speakers from Europe and South America will provide a worldwide picture of the future of Standard Essential Patents, including re-imagining IP in this area in favor of both business and consumers/society.


Meet the Panel

Dr. Claudia TAPIA, LL.M

Director IPR Policy and Legal Academic Research at Ericsson. President, 4IP Council.


Research Fellow at the European University Institute – EUI

Moderator: Prof. Laurent MANDERIEUX

Bocconi University. Director of TIPSA. Chair of the European IP Teachers Network. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.


GDE 20: Standard Essential Patents


About our Speakers

Dr. Claudia TAPIA, LL.M

Director IPR Policy and Legal Academic Research at Ericsson, a global leader in ICT services and solutions, and the leading company in 5G. Claudia’s main responsibility is related to strategy, policy and research in the IP field. Prior to joining Ericsson, Claudia was Director IP Policy at BlackBerry. While at BlackBerry, she focused on various aspects of intellectual property, including intellectual property rights policies in standards, global patent policies, as well as licensing and litigation. Claudia holds a law degree from the University of Valencia, an LLM degree specialising in International Patent Law from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, and a PhD degree (with a scholarship of the Max Planck Institute) from the Faculty of Law in Augsburg.  She is also president of 4iP Council, a non-profit research council dedicated to developing high-quality academic insight and empirical evidence on topics related to IP and innovation. 


Research Fellow at EUI. He specialises and writes in the areas of intellectual property rights, competition law, standard essential patents (SEPs), innovation and technical standardisation, competition, and digital economy. Igor completed his Ph.D. at University College London, where he is also associated as a Senior Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Law, Economics & Society. He published a book: Licensing Standard Essential Patents: FRAND and the Internet of Things (Hart Publishing in 2021) and wrote numerous publications in the field of standardisation and licensing. He also taught competition law at UCL, King’s College, and the University of Turin, worked on the report by BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre on ‘Digital Era Competition: a BRICS View’, and was engaged as an external consultant on competition law and policy for the World Bank. Igor is also a qualified attorney at law advising on competition, intellectual property, and regulatory issues.

Professor Laurent MANDERIEUX

Professor of Intellectual Property Law at L. Bocconi University of Milan, Italy, Member of the Directorate Board, Bocconi LL.M in Law of Internet Technology, Director, Bocconi Summer Schools in Law, Chair, European IP Teachers’ Network, Coordinator, Transatlantic IP Academy and is invited Professor / Lecturer of Intellectual Property Law in Universities and Training institutes in many countries of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. In addition to his IP teaching, numerous Publications, and IP research activities at Bocconi, one of the most prestigious and high-ranked Universities in the European Union, Laurent Manderieux is Senior Intellectual Property Expert for various international Organisations and governments. He was for many years Official and Senior Official at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland: in particular, as Head, WIPO Public Affairs and Media Relations, he took care of training and information for government officials, lawyers, researchers, scientists, and business circles (in this capacity he prepared training material and IP publications, and made up to 100 presentations per year). Before joining WIPO, he also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy; and at the European Union in Brussels. Over the last two decades, he wrote numerous publications and studies, and undertook international projects for the EU, the EPO, UNDP, UNCTAD, WIPO, IDLO, OIF, and various Governments. In this context, visited some 140 countries. He works in French, English, Italian, Spanish, and German. Member of Fide’s Academic Council and Co-Director of Fide’s and TIPSA’s Global Digital Encounters.

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