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Interoperability in the Digital Age - Licensing of Standard Essential Patents

10 December 2020

Interoperability via standardization is a key prerequisite for industrial production and innovation and with Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 interoperability will become even more important.

Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) are a crucial element of interoperability. Their role has been recognized by policy makers and courts alike, and will be considered in futures policy actions like the upcoming European Commission Intellectual Property Action Plan 2020.

The objective of this event is to discuss some of the most important and recent SEPs related policy issues with policy makers, practitioners and judges. The panel discussions will look at recent policy trends in Europe and will consider new trends with licensing practices.

Mattia Fogliacco, President of Sisvel, will attend the panel on "New SEPs licensing practices" that will present how the increase in SEPs owners and implementers linked to more complex and multifunctional technologies can lead to the development of new licensing practice to address in a more appropriate way the future challenges.

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