Florence Seminar on Standard-Essential Patents

6th October 2022 @ 2:00 pm – 7th October 2022 @ 6:00 pm
European University Institute - Badia Fiesolana
Via dei Roccettini 9
San Domenico di Fiesole
50014 Italy

If you’re aiming at fine-tuning your expertise in Standard-Essential Patents, you might also be interested in the 4-day advanced training taking place prior to this seminar, on 3-6 October 2022: check out the Florence Patent Licensing Academy 

The Florence Seminar on Standard-Essential Patents aims at stimulating an in-depth discussion of approximately 14-16  selected academic papers focusing on the licensing and litigation of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), with particular emphasis on the societal impact of the research findings.

Call for papers open!

The European University Institute and the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (MPI-IC) invite submissions to their scientific seminar on ‘Standard-Essential Patents’ to be held in Florence at the EUI premises on 6-7 October 2022. The Seminar takes place within the Florence Competition Programme and the ongoing project ‘Innovation and Intellectual Property in the Digital Age’.



Call for unpublished papers on the licensing and litigation of SEPs

The digital economy relies on information communication technology (ICT) standards to meet consumers’ demand for interoperability, connectivity and innovation. The diffusion of global standards such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and HEVC drives economic growth and prosperity by enabling the Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, as ICT standards become general-purpose technologies, tensions arise regarding licensing patents declared as essential for their implementation (i.e., standard-essential patents, SEPs).

Under the Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing commitments before standard-development organisations (SDOs), SEP-holders seek remuneration from SEP implementers, which these latter sometimes resist. Against this background, the Florence Seminar on SEPs welcomes unpublished papers from lawyers and economists on the licensing and litigation of SEPs. The selected contributions will be discussed in-depth during the two-day Seminar, emphasising the societal impact of the research findings.

Suggested areas comprise:

  • FRAND royalty rate calculation (e.g., transparency, entire-market value rule vs smallest saleable patent practising unit, how to set a FRAND royalty rate in new IoT verticals);
  • Multi-party SEP licensing solutions (e.g., cross-licensing, patent pools, defensive patent aggregators and licensing-negotiation groups);
  • Patent exhaustion and FRAND licensing across IoT verticals;
  • SEP infringement and remedies;
  • Jurisdictional issues of SEP disputes (e.g., applicable law, anti-suit injunctions, national judgments on global FRAND licenses);
  • FRAND alternative dispute resolution mechanisms;
  • Market definition and market power vis-à-vis SEPs;
  • Unilateral and multilateral antitrust issues of SEP licensing and litigation.

Scientific committee:

  • Marco Botta | EUI
  • Ginevra Bruzzone | LUISS
  • Beatriz Conde Gallego | MPI-IC
  • Josef Drexl | MPI-IC
  • Lapo Filistrucchi | EUI – University of Florence
  • Igor Nikolic | EUI
  • Pier Luigi Parcu | EUI
  • Nicolas Petit | EUI
  • Maria Alessandra Rossi | University of Chieti Pescara

Organising committee:

  • Chiara Carrozza | EUI
  • Niccolò Galli | EUI

Post-seminar publication

The organisers have reached an agreement with M&CLR – Market and Competition Law Review and IIC – International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law. Speakers accepted to the Florence Seminar on SEPs are invited to submit their final papers for publication by 31 December 2022. Acceptance will depend on the successful completion of the M&CLR and IIC peer-review process. The organisers of the seminar, M&CLR and IIC will collaborate to shorten the period this process will take.

Please submit extended abstracts or full papers by 19 June 2022. Acceptance notifications will be sent by the end of June 2022. Final paper versions of the selected submissions are due by 18 September 2022.