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LES DC event: Recent Developments in FRAND

When: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Sidley Austin
1501 K Street, N.W. Suite 600
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: Ray Van Dyke
(202) 378-3903

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Greater Washington, D.C., LES Chapter presents:

Recent Developments in FRAND

Networking Social Event and Presentation


Tuesday, December 17
5:00 - 8:00 pm


Sidley Austin
1501 K Street, N.W. Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005


Parking in building and adjacent. Event is near all Metro lines, particularly Metro Center, Farragut North and Farragut West stations.


Before December 13

LES Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $20.00
Student: $5.00


After December 13

LES Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Student: $10.00


Program Description:

The evolving issue of FRAND or "Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory” licensing concerns the widespread use of the standard-essential patents (SEP), ensuring that SEP owners benefit from using their patents without gaining unfair bargaining advantages. Thus, modern licensing agreements include FRAND protocols to help level the playing field. Standard setting organizations (SSOs) also try to govern this area. Nonetheless, patent owners maintain an edge and can even sue for patent infringement on an SEP patent in many instances. What recent changes have occurred in FRAND, and how do FRAND provisions operate in this new environment?




Matteo Sabattini, Director of IP Policy, Ericsson

Dr. Matteo Sabattini is Director of IP Policy at Ericsson and he is based in the Washington, DC, office. In his role, he is responsible for IP rights policy, advocacy, licensing and promotion at SDOs, industry fora, trade associations, governmental agencies, etc. He also serves as the Senior VP for Standards at LES USA and Canada, as the Technical Policy Coordinator at IEEE Region 2, and is a voting member of IEEE-USA IP Committee.

Matteo has years of expertise in technology and IP-related matters, and his background combines business, policy, and technical skills. He holds an MBA from the George Washington University, a Ph.D. in EE from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.S. also in EE from the University of Bologna.

Before joining Ericsson, Matteo served as the CTO of the Sisvel Group until February 2017. Matteo also worked at InterDigital and Global Prior Art, a boutique IP consulting firm based in Boston. He also held several teaching and research positions in wireless and mobile communications at UC San Diego and at the German Aerospace Center.

Matteo is an IEEE Senior Member, a Beta Gamma Sigma Lifetime Member, a member of LES and the MIT Enterprise Forum.

This event is generously sponsored by: 


The Washington, D.C., Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


Cancellations are non-refundable after December 13.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact Chapter Relations at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

Disability/Dietary Needs

Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 

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