CONFERENCE: NEW FRONTIERS OF ANTITRUST - ROUNDTABLE 3 - STANDARD SETTING ORGANIZATIONS - STANDARD SETTING PROCESSES

Standard setting organizations and processes: Challenges and opportunities for competition and innovation (New Frontiers of Antitrust, 15 June 2015, Paris)

In this roundtable, speakers discuss the challenges and opportunities that the standard setting organizations and processes represent for competition and innovation. First, Josef Drexl’s introductory remarks focus on defining the scope of the roundtable. In the second contribution, Jorge Padilla adresses the controversy over IEEE’s new patent policy. Finally, James Killick examines the degree of convergence that can be seen in the way antitrust authorities approach SEP and FRAND-related issues.

Introduction Josef Drexl Professor, Max Planck Institute, Munich 1. This panel is expected to discuss the competition law issues attached to standard-essential patents (SEPs). Yet, there is a good reason why the organizers of the conference have chosen a title that does not contain any express reference to SEPs. By putting the focus on standard-setting organizations (SSOs) and the process of standard-setting, the panel will react to a more recent shift of the debate on SEPs away from the conduct of SEP owners to the role of standard-setting organizations (SSOs). 2.While in the past years the question was mostly about whether and under which conditions courts and competition agencies could control claims for injunctions of owners of SEPs who had entered into FRAND commitments, i.e.,

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  • Compass Lexecon (Brussels)
  • White & Case (Brussels)
  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munchen)

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Jorge Padilla, James Killick, Josef Drexl, Standard setting organizations and processes: Challenges and opportunities for competition and innovation (New Frontiers of Antitrust, 15 June 2015, Paris), September 2015, Concurrences Review N° 3-2015, Art. N° 74829, www.concurrences.com

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