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Webinar recording now available - FRAND Licensing Levels under EU Law - components or end-device?

29 May 2020

Prof. Jean-Sébastien Borghetti, Professor of Private Law at University Paris II Panthéon Assas; Dr. Igor Nikolic, Senior Fellow at University College London Centre for Law, Economics & Society: Prof. Nicolas Petit, Professor of Law at the University of Liege and the College of Europe

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This webinar analyses whether EU law imposes an obligation on holders of standard essential patents (SEPs) to license at all levels of the value chain, including at component level. The location of the appropriate licensing level in the value chain is becoming a crucial question in the IoT debate as more and more industries will gain cellular connectivity (automotive, home appliances, agriculture, healthcare, etc). This webinar provides extensive and practical analysis of this issue from the perspectives of general principles of EU constitutional law, patent law, contract law and competition law.

The presenters' recent paper on this topic can be viewed on the SSRN website while a number of papers addressing FRAND and SEP questions and a summary of the presenters' work, can be found in the research section of 4iP Council's website.