Perspectives on the valuation of FRAND, injunctions and licensing commitments
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What the Panel Discussion is About

The panelists will present on their analysis of FRAND valuation methods and licensing commitments arising from Unwired Planet vs Huawei. Maurits Dolmans will present his recent paper ‘FRAND licensing commitments – Back to first principles’ where he argues for a re-evaluation of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case and suggests the court should have looked at competition law differently. Dr Roya Ghafele, OxFirst Director, will present her paper, ‘A valuation perspective on the FRAND injunction issued in Unwired Planet vs Huawei’, in which she presents an analysis of the valuation methods used in the case to allow a quantification of the value of a FRAND injection. Both papers feature in World Patent Information’s special collection on Standard Essential Patents and the discussion will be moderated by Jane List, Editor-in-Chiefof World Patent Information.

About the Speakers

Jane List

  • Since 2014, Jane List has been Editor-in-Chief of World Patent Information, a journal focussed on the world of IP information, IPRs for industrially applicable innovations, their management and analysis, big data analysis, IP policy and education. She is Founder and Director of Extract Information Ltd. Based in Cambridgeshire, EIL assists clients by providing commercial, scientific and intellectual property (IP) information and management assistance primarily for SMEs in the high technology, and health sciences sectors.

Maurits Dolmans

  • Maurits Dolmans is a Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a position he has held since 1994. His practice is focused on antitrust issues in various industries, especially IT, artificial intelligence, FRAND licensing for standards, telecom, media, but also energy, medical, chemical and manufacturing throughout in both the UK and the EU. Maurits has represented high-profile clients in high-profile cases, including Google for a wide range of matters involving search services, advertising, patent strategy and acquisition of Motorola. Maurits is extensively published and brings considerable expertise to this discussion

Dr. Roya Ghafele

  • Dr. Roya Ghafele is the founder and Managing Director of OxFirst, (www.oxfirst.com) an award-winning law and economics consultancy that specialises in helping organisations value their Intellectual Property in disputes, for licensing and sales purposes and the commercialisation of ideas and innovation, on preparation for Stock Market floatation as well as general management considerations. Much of its work is with tech companies as well as advising on public policymaking in the area of technology transfer. The firm has won the ‘Best IP ValuationFirm in the UK’ award by Global 100 for three years in a row, most recently Oxfirst was also named Best IP Valuation Firm by the Magazine ‘International Lawyer’, among many other accolades.

    She is a visiting Professor at Brunel University, London as well as being an accredited expert witness to courts in England and Wales. Prior to founding OxFirst, Dr. Ghafele held an Assistant Professorship with the University of Edinburgh, a Departmental Lectureship with Oxford University and a Research Fellowship with the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.  Other than that, she worked for the OECD and WIPO as an economist.

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