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LES Launches New FRAND Licensing Standard Committee

Friday, October 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Kelli Baxter, Deputy Executive Director, COO

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Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada) Launches New FRAND Licensing Standard Committee

LES Invites Enterprises and Individuals to Join the FRAND Licensing Standard Committee and Help Reduce the Cost and Management Time Involved in Licensing Standard-Essential Patents.

RESTON, VIRGINIA—Oct. 12, 2018 — The Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) today announced that its ANSI-accredited LES Standards program has established the LES FRAND Licensing Standard Committee. The group will focus on the creation of an industry-wide, consensus-based business process standard that ensures that all parties have a clear understanding of their responsibilities in the FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) standard-essential patents (SEP) licensing process. The committee brings together industry experts and LES Standards program members who engage as principals or agents in the practice of licensing SEPs on FRAND terms. By collaborating on best practices to provide this clarity, the resulting standard will reduce the cost and the management time to license SEPs.

Members and non-members are invited to register for a free, introductory call with the Committee Co-Chairs on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

Current members of the LES FRAND Licensing Standards Committee are representatives from ACT | The App Association, Ericsson, Essential Patent, Held Intellectual Property, Hernandez IP, InterDigital, JusTech Law, Longhorn IP, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, Sisvel Group, Rockwell Collins, Teletry, Unified Patents, and many other leaders. To learn more about the Committee and its members, visit https://www.lesusacanada.org/page/frandmembers.

“The developers and implementers of technical standards will benefit from a flexible and yet standardized framework for licensing SEPs on FRAND terms,” said Bob Held, chair-elect and president-elect of LES. “We have therefore established a committee in LES Standards to spell out and enhance efficient industry best practices for this important area of the innovation ecosystem.”

The committee’s co-chairs are LES Standards Program members Matteo Sabattini, director of IP policy at Ericsson, and Brian Scarpelli, senior global policy counsel at ACT | The App Association. Matteo is currently responsible for IP rights policy and advocacy and promotion at standard defining/setting organizations (SDOs/SSOs), industry fora, trade associations, governmental agencies, etc. He has expertise in technology and IP-related matters, and his background combines business, policy and technical skills. Brian is responsible for legal and policy advocacy on a diversity of issues impacting small business software development and high tech companies, including standards, competition, and intellectual property.

“Matteo and Brian are ideal chairs of this committee because they represent stakeholders from throughout the innovation ecosystem,” said Bill Elkington, current chair and president of LES. “As an ANSI-accredited standard developer in the field of intellectual capital management, and with Matteo’s and Brian’s leadership, LES is well-positioned to develop consensus guidance on FRAND licensing practices.”

This new standard will ensure that all parties have a clear understanding of their responsibilities in the SEP licensing process - reducing the cost and the management time to license SEPs. The FRAND licensing standard will be developed by experts in the field of SEP licensing, and LES invites the participation of all enterprises and individuals who may be affected by such a standard.

Get Involved in the LES FRAND Licensing Standard Committee

To become a member of the LES Standards program and FRAND Licensing Standard Committee, visit https://www.lesusacanada.org/page/lesstandards. LES Standards members interested in joining the FRAND Licensing Standard Committee can register on the LES website here and take advantage of participating in meetings and calls including the Face-to-Face meeting in D.C. on Oct. 29, 2018.

About the LES Standards Program

The LES Standards Program offers enterprises and individuals the best practices and standards they need to improve the way they do IP transactions, protect their innovation, use IP in their business strategies, and manage third-party IP. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), LES Standards program has eight active standards committees: IP licensing, FRAND licensing, IP brokerage, IP protection in the supply chain, IP valuation, IP management for startups, intangible assets in the boardroom, and one committee providing commenting support for the ISO/TC279 Innovation Management Standard. LES Standards members include many diverse members of the innovation economy, including operating companies, (both large and small), universities (both public and private), IP valuation companies, IP consulting companies, IP brokers, and law firms. Membership in LES and LES Standards is open to all. Visit: http://www.lesusacanada.org/?lesstandards.

About Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc.

Established in 1965, Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society of 3,000 members engaged in the creation, commercial development, and orderly transfer of intellectual property rights; protection and management of intellectual capital; and intellectual capital management standards development. LES members are business leaders, accountants, economists, IP valuation experts, supply chain managers, lawyers, technology transfer specialists, public policy leaders, lobbyists, mergers and acquisitions experts, tax specialists, deal-makers, strategic planners, business model innovators, consultants, engineers, licensing executives, and scientists. These members represent innovation-centered enterprises of all sizes and kinds—such as government laboratories, professional services firms, universities, operating companies, regulatory authorities, licensing specialty firms, and trade associations. LES is a member society of the Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI), which has 32 sister societies representing 10,000 members in 90 countries. www.lesusacanada.org.



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