OxFirst's Fourth IP and Competition Forum Globalisation And FRAND

Coming to Grips With The Interplay of IP & Competition Law

18 October 2019 - St Cross College, University of Oxford - CPD Accredited - Continuing Professional Development

Panel Discussions
Speaker Profiles
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Honourable Judge Fabian Hoffmann

Conference Chair

Judge Fabian Hoffmann has served as a judge of Bundesgerichtshof
(Federal Court of Justice) in Karlsruhe, Germany since 2010. He is a .member of the 10th Civil Division (X. Zivilsenat) which has, inter alia, jurisdiction on patent dispute matters. Before this appointment, he was a Judge at the Oberlandesgericht (Higher Regional Court) in Frankfurt am
Main, where he still lives. Before his appointment as Judge, he was an Assistant Lawyer admitted to the Bundesgerichtshof in Karlsruhe, drafting submissions on civil law appeals held before the Bundesgerichtshof. Judge Hoffmann studied law at the JohannWolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. In year 1980/1981, he was an exchange student in New Jersey, USA. He is a member of the Expert Group of European Commission on licensing and valuation of Standard Essential Patents. In this group, he is especially interested in establishing licensing mechanisms for SEP, the judicial handling of such parents and patents valuation.

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Professor Eric Sergheraert

University of Lille

Since 2009, Professor Eric Sergheraert has been Legal Patent Manager for
International IP case law database Darts-ip. He is also a Professor at the University of Lille in France. He has a PharmD, a PhD, a certificate of aptitude for the profession of lawyer and a diploma in patents from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg. He has 18 years’ experience in the IP field and has worked in the IP service Departments of Macopharma Pharmaceutical Laboratory, EGYP and Véron & Associés.

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Professor Valerio Sterzi

University of Bordeaux

Professor Valerio Sterzi is associate professor (Maître de conférences) in Economics at GREThA CNRS UMR 5113 & University of Bordeaux. He is currently also the chairman of the Strategic and Scientific Committee. His main research interests focus on economics of innovation and economics of patent. In year 2009, he received his Ph.D. in Economics and Management of Technology from the University of Bergamo (a joint program by Polytechnic University of Turin and
University of Brescia). He has made frequent academic visits such as to Harvard University and University of Insubria. Prior to that, he was a junior research fellow at Cespri, Bocconi University, and received a M.Sc. in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University in 2007.

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Professor Thomas Cotter

University of Minnesota

Professor Thomas F. Cotter joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in
2006. From 1987-89, Professor Cotter clerked for the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce, United
States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City from 1988-90, and at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1990-94. From 1994-2005, he taught at the University of Florida College of Law, where he held a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship and directed the school’s Intellectual Property Law Program. From 200506, he was a Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law. In 2007, he was named to a two-year Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Law School, and in 2008 was named to the Briggs and Morgan Chair in Law.

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Steve Faraji


Steve Faraji is the Chairman of the ETSI IPR Special Committee. He is a qualified German and European Patent Attorney specializing in computer implemented inventions and software. Steve advises on licensing issues, in particular regarding the use of ICT standard-essential patents in the automotive industry. In the past, he worked on prosecution and litigation of ICT patents for a major patent law firm in Munich. He has a degree in electrical engineering and information technology from UniBw in Munich, Germany.

  • Federal Court of Germany
  • University of Lille
  • Universite de Bordeaux
  • Italian Competition Authorities
  • Queen Mary University
  • DG Comp and CRAI
  • Business and Property Court, Manchester
  • Brunel Law School
  • University of Leicester
  • World Patent Information
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Poznan University
  • University of Sheffield
  • BEIS
  • Crystal Web
  • IP Finance
  • IP Kat
  • ETSI
  • University of Oxford