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

 Export to Your Calendar 3/18/2020
When: 3/18/2020
11:30 AM
Where: Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 
United States
Contact: Martha Casey

Online registration is available until: 3/11/2020
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"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

Ted Stevenson, Partner, McKool Smith
Richard Vary, Partner, Bird & Bird
Moderator: Stephen Schott, Schott Law Office
Additional panelists to be announced.


  • 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:
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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