IP LeadershIP Brussels: Highlights and Economic Analysis

Forthcoming in Competition Policy International

11 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2017

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Kirti Gupta

Qualcomm, Inc.

Koren Wong-Ervin

Antitrust Partner at Axinn, Veltrop, & Harkrider LLP

Joseph Coniglio

Sidley Austin LLP

Dylan Naegele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 6, 2017

Abstract

In September 2017, IP LeadershIP held its first conference in Europe. The event, which was attended by government enforcers and policymakers, practitioners, and scholars, featured diverse views on topics such as:

• The importance of striking the right balance between the interests of technology contributors and technology implementers;

• Possible adverse consequences on innovation and prices for consumers of deterring participation in open, collaborative standards;

• The role (if any) of governments in shaping the intellectual property rights (IPRs) policies of private standard-development organizations (SDOs);

• Proper antitrust analysis in matters involving standard-essential patents (SEPs) where a patent holder has made a commitment to license on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms;

• Whether small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are able to meaningfully participate in, and benefit from, standard-development activities; and

• The issue of at what level in the distribution chain licensing should occur, particularly for the Internet of Things (IoT).

This article provides key highlights from the conference, as well as economic analyses of the various topics discussed.

Keywords: Antitrust, Standard-Essential Patents, SEPs, FRAND, Standard-Development Organizations, SDOs, SMEs, IoT, 5G, End-User Device Licensing

JEL Classification: k21, l4, l5

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Kirti and Wong-Ervin, Koren and Coniglio, Joseph and Naegele, Dylan, IP LeadershIP Brussels: Highlights and Economic Analysis (November 6, 2017). Forthcoming in Competition Policy International, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3066384

Kirti Gupta

Qualcomm, Inc. ( email )

5775 Morehouse Drive
San Diego, CA 92121
United States

Koren Wong-Ervin (Contact Author)

Antitrust Partner at Axinn, Veltrop, & Harkrider LLP ( email )

950 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
United States

Joseph Coniglio

Sidley Austin LLP ( email )

One First National Plaza
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Dylan Naegele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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