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LES Leading Edge Series Speaker Interviews: Sabattini

Tuesday, May 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
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LES Leading Edge Series Speaker Interviews
Q&A with Matteo Sabattini, Co-Chair of the LES FRAND Licensing Standards Committee and Director IP Policy, Ericsson Inc.

LES: You will be moderating the panel titled "Innovation, Interoperability and Efficiency through Standards." In a few short sentences, what can attendees expect to learn?

Sabattini: I have the privilege to moderate a stellar panel of experts that will lead us through a journey around technical standards and FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory). How has the licensing of standardized technologies evolved historically? Given that different verticals are relying more and more on technical standards, and entire industries are being disrupted and transformed by technology, what are the challenges and opportunities for stakeholders in this time of technology convergence?

The panel will benefit from a broad range of expertise, including the views of regulators. The conversation about hat is the right balance between government intervention and self-regulation in the FRAND domain has never been so highly visible and debated. Can the industry get together, as the LES FRAND Licensing Standard Committee is currently doing, to enhance the efficiency of licensing on FRAND terms through standardized processes?



  • Matteo Sabattini, Ph.D., MBA, Director IP Policy, Ericsson Inc.


  • Christian Hannon, Patent Attorney, USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs
  • Bowman J. Heiden, Center for Intellectual Property
  • Luke McLeroy, Vice President of Business Development, Avanci
  • Rob Yost, Intellectual Property Counsel, Visa

LES: Technologists and IP professionals face many challenges and opportunities today. What one challenge do you hear about the most? What one opportunity?

Sabattini: Technological convergence is changing industries and society. The Internet of Things is creating a living network of interconnected persons and things. 5G is poised to impact society in ways we cannot even fully anticipate. Financial institutions are transforming themselves into technology companies. Artificial Intelligence will pose ethical and existential challenges we need to tackle today. Federal agencies and governments around the world rely more and more on technical standards, not only as regulators but as users.

Many industries impacted by this transformation are not necessarily familiar with licensing on FRAND terms, and both technology developers and technology users face the challenge of learning more about different business models. This transformation represents a great opportunity for LES and LES Standards. How can we help the ecosystem? How can business process standards created by practitioners for practitioners help close that knowledge gap?

LES: What are you most looking forward to at the event?

Sabattini: As the co-chair of the FRAND Licensing Standards Committee, I look forward to hearing from the panel what we could do to make their licensing practices easier and more efficient. I am also looking forward to their suggestions to enhance discussions within the Committee itself, especially around thorny issues. Lastly, I anticipate hearing from participants – both in the panel I am moderating as well as all other panels – about how a business process standard can help with the practical aspects of IP management.

Click here to register and learn more about the LES Leading Edge Series May 14th event at the Silicon Valley USPTO.


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