4iP Council Free Webinars

Webinars supporting a wider understanding of invention, innovation, case law and the use of intellectual property developed by eminent experts or/and by 4iP Council supporters.

Should you want to suggest a webinar, an author and/or to volunteer to give a webinar, please send an email to info@4ipcouncil.com.


21 November 2019

Webinar Intellectual property from the perspective of a venture capitalist

Dr Christian Schneider's presentation is available.

A recording of the webinar is available below.

The following items were addressed:

  • The range of attributes investors look for
  • The role of IP in investment decision-making
  • Pitfalls and challenges in relation to IP
  • Real world examples – good and bad

Dr. Christian Schneider is a Managing Partner of Vesalius Biocapital and has been a venture capital executive for the past 20 years. As a life science expert, he has extensive hands-on work and investment experience in the areas of diagnostics, medtech, and therapeutics. As shareholder and board member he actively supports and advises start-up companies.

Starting as an R&D scientist at Boehringer Mannheim / Roche, he developed automated tests for the early detection of cancer. At Centocor, he led diagnostic product development in transatlantic collaborations. Later, as a business developer and external research manager in Centocor’s / Johnson&Johnson’s biological therapeutics business, he negotiated, financed, and managed international early-stage product development projects.

As a Managing Partner of venture capital firm PolyTechnos, he was directly responsible for the investments in and IPOs of OncoMethylome Sciences (Euronext, 2006), Devgen (Euronext, 2005) and Jerini (Frankfurt, 2005) and served as an independent director on the boards of Hepa Wash and MagnaMedics. In 2008, he joined the pan-European life science venture capital firm Vesalius Biocapital as a Managing Partner with responsibility for the investments and exits of Skyline (write-off) and Activaero (EUR 130m trade sale to Vectura, 2014). Across three Vesalius fund generations, he is currently responsible for portfolio companies Ventaleon, Omeicos, Humedics, Softhale and Mecuris.

Dr. Schneider holds a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine (1992) and a PhD in immunology (1995), both from the University of Munich, Germany, and an MBA in healthcare administration from Penn State University, Pennsylvania (1999).


17 October 2019

Webinar From idea to profit: Learn to leverage your intellectual property

Dr Begoña Gonzalez Otero's presentation is available.

A recording of the webinar is available below.

The following items were addressed:

  • Types of IPR, how they differ and pathways to follow
  • The strategic value of IPRs and why timing matters
  • Strategies to help grow your business using IPRs
  • Useful resources and orientation

Dr. Begoña Gonzalez Otero is a Spanish lawyer specialising in information law and competition law. She is an enthusiastic professional with an outstanding cross-functional background both as an academic administrator, legal counsel and researcher. Dr. Otero has recently joined the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition as a Senior Research Fellow. Previously, she has worked as an independent consultant for large companies, European projects such as the Latin-American IPR Helpdesk and international associations such as the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). She is also former Dean of EU Business School, a Swiss private educational institution with campuses in three countries. Before writing her Ph.D., she worked as an IP lawyer both in Spain and Germany.

With experience in legal strategic consulting, higher education accreditation, partnerships negotiation, and change management, Begoña is a dynamic communicator and strategic thinker with a talent for maximising cost-efficiency by restructuring processes and improving service quality while strengthening the bottom-line. She is a member of several international and local professional bodies, former guest researcher of the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam, former scholarship holder of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and a published author.


26 June 2019

Webinar on FRAND access regimes in European law

Mathew Heim's presentation on FRAND access regimes in European law is available.

A recording of the webinar is available below.

Based on 4iP Council's recent paper, co-authored with Dr Igor Nikolic and also published in JIPITEC, May 2019, the webinar drew conclusions on the function and meaning of FRAND in Europe.

The following questions were addressed:

  • What is the scope of the FRAND regimes as a European law instrument?
  • What are the common elements that make up FRAND terms and conditions?
  • What conclusions can be drawn from past practice?
  • How FRAND can be applied going forward?

Mathew Heim advises clients on managing legal, regulatory or political risks and crises. He is senior adviser to 4iP Council Europe and a Visiting Research Fellow at Bruegel. Mathew speaks and writes regularly on topics of industrial, IPR and competition policy and his work has been published in, among others, the Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law; the Competition Law Journal; the Journal of Public Affairs; Competition Law International; the Competition Law International; and the European Competition Law Review.

Most recently Mathew was Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs at Qualcomm Inc. Prior to that, Mathew represented commercial interests during some of the most high-profile European anti-trust and merger cases.

Mathew read History at Bristol University and Politics at Exeter University and was called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1993.


14 May 2019

Webinar on Understanding Injunctions in European Patent Law

Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann's presentation on understanding injunctions in European patent law is available.

A recording of the webinar is available below.

This 4iP Council webinar presented the legal basis for the current discussion on proportionality within TRIPS, European law as well as in selected European jurisdictions, focusing on Germany. It provided an outlook on whether the demand for legislative action is justified.

A brief paper was also developed by Prof. Tochtermann as a resource supporting the webinar.

Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann is a professor of Private Law and European Patent Law at the University of Mannheim, Germany. She is affiliated to the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Intellectual Property (IZG). She studied law at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at Sciences Po, Paris. Tochtermann wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Mannheim on protection of licenses in case the underlying IP-right is subsequently transferred or licensed to a third party ("Sukzessionsschutz im Recht des Geistigen Eigentums“). Her current research focuses of topics of IP, particularly patent law, mainly in the context of private international law and international civil procedure law.


13 February 2019

Webinar on the UK Court of Appeal ruling on Unwired Planet v Huawei

The Rt. Hon. Sir Robin Jacob and Richard Vary's presentation on the recent UK Court of Appeal ruling Huawei v Unwired Planet.

A recording of the webinar is available below.

This webinar offered:

  • a summary of this significant court decision;
  • the contract law basis for FRAND;
  • a discussion of the jurisdiction issues surrounding a national court determining global FRAND rates;
  • the chance for attendees to address questions to experts.

Sir Robin Jacob joined the Faculty of Law at UCL in May 2011 leaving the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to do so. Having read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Sir Robin then read for the Bar and started practice at the Intellectual Property Bar in 1967. From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Controller of Patents and for all Government departments in intellectual property. He was made a Queen's Counsel in 1981 and was appointed a High Court Judge in 1993. From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. Sir Robin was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003 and was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007. He continues to sit from time to time in the Court of Appeal and will sometimes act as an arbitrator or mediator. He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property.

Richard Vary is a partner in Bird&Bird's Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms. sector group. He specialises in multi-jurisdictional electronics patent litigation with a particular focus on mobile telecommunications patent litigation and arbitration work. He also has extensive experience of dealing with IP in transactions, and strategic IP advice. Before joining Bird&Bird in 2016, Richard was the Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed Nokia's global commercial litigation and was a member of Nokia's Legal & Compliance leadership team. Richard is a regular and well-regarded public speaker, particularly on issues such as cross-border patent litigation, the UPC and standard essential patents. He has been named twice in Managing IP's yearly list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property and is regularly viewed as a corporate IP star by MIP. In 2013 he was awarded 'In-House Counsel of the Year' by The Lawyer. Richard sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.


22 November 2018

Webinar on industry challenges after recent case-law on confidentiality of FRAND agreements

Prof. Dr. Peter Picht’s presentation on industry challenges after recent case-law on confidentiality of FRAND agreements.

More than three years after the CJEU’s decision in Huawei v ZTE, the EU Member States’ courts are still working out aspects of the FRAND-licensing of standard-essential patents. Important post-Huawei v ZTEdecisions have clarified some issues while other questions remain open. An urgent example is confidentiality and the procedural handling of license agreements containing non-disclosure clauses. 4iP Council organised a webinar on this topic which gave attendees an update on SEP/FRAND case law; an overview on the most important court decisions and the opportunity to discuss confidentiality issues with an expert.

Prof. Picht holds a chair for Business and Commercial Law at the University of Zurich, is head of the University’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO) and is a Max Planck Institute Affiliated Research Fellow. He studied law in Munich, did his PhD at Munich University/the Max Planck Institute, and holds a LL.M. degree from Yale Law School. He has been working in the EU Commission’s DG for Competition, as well as with Allen&Overy and other law firms.