Tuesday 28th
November 2023
5.00 pm-6.00 pm CET

Testing borders of IP rights: compulsory licensing and beyond

Global Digital Encounters 31


What if traditional IP mechanisms for protecting and promoting innovation need to be alleviated? The COVID Health crisis revives the national, EU, and international debates on flexibility to patent rights for public interest, including health issues. From waivers to patent rights at stake at the WTO to modernized rules for Compulsory Licensing at the EU level and enhanced national legislation on this matter in many countries, public initiatives are burgeoning and blossoming in this respect. Are these initiatives serving all stakeholders, from member states to researchers, companies, and consumers?  For this Session of our Global Digital Encounters, Speakers with a variety of opinions will provide a worldwide picture of “testing borders of IP rights: compulsory licensing and beyond”.


Meet the Panel*


IP Director of Impact Licensing Initiative (ILI)

Prof. Dr. jur. Tilman MÜLLER-STOY

Partner at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG. UPC Representative


Counsellor, WTO TRIPS Division


GDE 31: Testing borders of IP rights: compulsory licensing and beyond


About our Speakers


Lawyer with 30 years of professional experience in the field of intellectual property litigation and licensing in major IP firms (Pennie & Edmonds, Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Bird & Bird). He is a first-tier ranked expert in Life Sciences transactions and multi-jurisdictional IP disputes. Bruno was co-founder and co-managing partner of the Brussels office of Bird & Bird from 2008 to 2013 and was the Belgian Risk & Compliance partner at Bird & Bird from 2011 until December 2018. He is an expert member of Belgium’s Council for Intellectual Property and is on the WIPO “List of Neutrals” Arbitrator. Bruno is a teaching Professor in IP Strategies at Solvay Business School and an accredited teacher in technology transfer with the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Licensing Executive Society (LESI) for whom he regularly lectures and trains licensing professionals.

Prof. Dr. jur. Tilman MÜLLER-STOY

leading German patent litigator. Having won the very first inter partes preliminary injunction based on the very first Unitary Patent for his clients 10x Genomics and Harvard, he already is one of the pioneers at the newly established European Unified Patent Court. With over 20 years of experience in IP, he has handled several hundreds of patent disputes (including entitlement proceedings) in courts and patent offices, with a focus on high-profile, multinational matters. He frequently takes on a coordinating role, acting as the European lead counsel, so clients benefit from his solid understanding of the laws and procedures of all relevant jurisdictions. His expertise spans numerous technologies and sectors, for instance telecommunications, IT, consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices, and life sciences. Trained as a commercial mediator, Tilman also assists his clients in IP-related ADR proceedings, including national and international mediation and arbitration.

Tilman is particularly sought after in SEP/FRAND matters, having in-depth knowledge of numerous standards and related industry practice including the underlying economics. He assists his clients not only in such litigation but also in avoiding or preparing for it – be it as lead negotiator be it as trusted advisor in the background. As one of just a few, he already has comprehensive experience in the areas of 5G, connected cars, and IoT.


Counsellor in the Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is responsible for the administration of the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). In this capacity, he gives legal advice in relation to Intellectual Property and the TRIPS Agreement to Members and Observers of the WTO and deals with TRIPS-related dispute settlement cases among WTO Members. He serves as the Secretary to the TRIPS Council, the governing body of the TRIPS Agreement, and until recently was also the Secretary to the Special Session of the TRIPS Council, the negotiating group dealing with TRIPS negotiations under the Doha Round. Mr. Meier-Ewert is a graduate of the University of Oxford, UK where he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE), and holds a Law degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He has widely lectured on TRIPS and WTO-related matters.

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