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LES Silicon Valley Chapter: Today’s FRAND Licensing and What it Reveals About Tomorrow’s - Presentation and Networking Luncheon

When: 3/18/2020
11:30 AM
Where: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
United States
Contact: Martha Casey

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POSTPONED - Date to be announced.

"Today’s FRAND Licensing
and What it Reveals About Tomorrow’s"

Presentation and Networking Luncheon
Online registration closes Monday, March 16, 2020.
(Complimentary validated (non-valet) parking available) 




Prior to March 2:
LES Member: $40.00
Non-Member: $45.00
LES Student Member: $25.00

After March 2:
LES Member: $50.00
Non-Member: $55.00
LES Student Member: $35.00


Byron Holz, Senior IPR Licensing Counsel, Nokia
Earl Nied, Program Director of Standards and IPR, Global Public Policy Group, Intel Corporation
Ted Stevenson, Partner, McKool Smith
Richard Vary, Partner, Bird & Bird
Moderator: Stephen Schott, Schott Law Office


  • Standards-enabled wireless connectivity is being ever more fully integrated into our products and devices, from cars to Bluetooth lightbulbs.
  • Standard essential patents are typically subject to FRAND licensing requirements and in wireless are typically owned by telecommunications technology companies.
  • Uncertainties about FRAND play out in sometimes acrimonious licensing negotiations, and if those negotiations fail, expensive and often multi-jurisdictional litigation.
  • The differences between the licensing practices of different industries, such as between telecommunications and automotive, add still more complications.

The panel will take stock of the latest global FRAND developments from the U.S., Europe and Asia and what they reveal about the future of FRAND licensing, including:

  • Nokia and Daimler: A SEP owner takes on a major player in the automotive industry
  • TCL v Ericsson appeal
  • Qualcomm's FTC case appeal
  • Unwired Planet and its UK Supreme Court appeal: how the UK approaches portfolio determination and FRAND injunctions
  • German and French anti-anti-suit injunctions: Europe stakes out its territory

Panelists' Bios:

Byron Holz, Senior IPR Licensing Counsel, Nokia.
Byron serves dual roles at Nokia, as both Head of IP Services for Nokia Software, and Senior IPR Licensing Counsel.  His work includes both transactional and litigation matters.  Byron has taught International Intellectual Property at Emory University School of Law.  He previously worked in Alston & Bird’s IP Litigation group, and as a clerk for the Honorable Marilyn L. Huff in the Southern District of California.


Earl Nied, Program Director of Standards and IPRGlobal Public Policy Group, Intel Corporation
Earl is responsible for Intel's worldwide positions on intellectual property matters related to standards and other initiatives. He represents Intel in several global and regional standards development organizations and trade associations in North and South America, Europe, China and other parts of Asia.  He has served as vice chair of the IPRPC and chaired the ANSI Patent Group.


Ted Stevenson, Partner, McKool Smith, Dallas
Ted is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney for more than 25 years with extensive federal trial experience, having won courtroom victories in intellectual property cases involving diverse technologies He is one of the world's foremost experts on cases alleging competitive violations in patent licensing, having handled six trials and an arbitration adjudicating whether proposed royalties for standard essential patent portfolios complied with FRAND. Many of the world's leading inventors turn to Ted to defend their licensing programs from claims of anti-competition behavior.

Richard Vary, Partner, Bird & Bird, London
Richard specializes in technology and communications patent disputes while developing a unique expertise in the valuation of portfolios, and FRAND. Before Bird & Bird, Richard was Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, managing global commercial litigation mostly involving mobile telecoms patent litigation and arbitration all around the world. He has also worked on a variety of international litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial and tax disputes, as well as brand protection, trademarks, and design and copyright issues. Richard is a part-time District Judge in the London and South East circuit, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Moderator: Stephen Schott, Schott Law Office
Stephen advises clients on joint development, licensing, patent sales, and the IP-aspects of corporate transactions, as well as on design around and offensive and defensive patent activities. He oversees patent prosecution on behalf of clients and has significant experience dealing with non-US intellectual property issues. He has advised clients on IP issues related to semiconductor manufacturing processes and equipment, integrated circuits and discrete semiconductor devices, biomedical, automotive, alternative energy, consumer products and jewelry. He was the Director of Patents at Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation for eight years, as well as an associate and of counsel in two top-tier law firms. Since 2009 he has had his own practice.



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