Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things

Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things

Thursday, November 9–Friday, November 10, 2017
George Washington University – Jack Morton Auditorium
School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street NW,
Washington, DC 20052, USA

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:
  • CLE for U.S. Lawyers:  Upon request, the GWU Law School submitted applications to state bar associations for continuing legal education credits. Please note that CLE approval is ultimately at the discretion of individual states and no advance assurance can be given that credit will be granted in all cases.
  • CPD for UK Lawyers:  The conference was accredited with 11.5 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB
  • 30% Discount Code for GWU Alumni and Friends:  gwu-alumni


The UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law and George Washington University’s Faculty of Law are pleased to announce their 3rd Conference on Patents in Telecoms and the Internet of Things.

The conference will be an unique gathering of industry, the judiciary and regulators from the US, Europe and Asia, organised by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property at UCL Laws) and Professor Marty Adelman, Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies of George Washington University’s Faculty of Law.

Key Topics

  • Who should decide FRAND terms when parties cannot agree?
  • The Internet of Things I – Legal and Economic Licensing Issues
  • The Internet of Things II – Practical Licensing Issues
  • Competition and Policy Towards Standard Setting
  • Injunctions – Europe and the rest of the world
  • FRAND Disputes
  • Update on The Unitary Patent Court
  • Economists: Do They Have a Place?
  • The Telecoms Ecosystem
  • Patent Assertion Entities
  • Judges’ Panel


  • The Hon. Mr Justice Birss, High Court of England and Wales
  • Dr Klaus Grabinski, Judge of the German Federal Court of Justice
  • The Rt Hon Prof. Sir Robin Jacob UCL IBIL
  • The Hon. Kathleen O’Malley, Judge of the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit
  • The Hon. James Selna United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Russell Binns Chief Executive Office, AST
  • David Blonder Director, Legal Counsel, Regulatory and Privacy, Blackberry
  • Tina Chappell Associate General Council, Law & Policy Group, Intel Corporation
  • John Colgan Senior Litigation Counsel at Google
  • Jorge L. Contreras Associate Professor, SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah; Internet Engineering Task Force – Legal Counsel
  • The Hon. Theodore Essex Administrative Law Judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • Steve Faraji Senior Manager of Patents Electrics / Electronics, Audi AG
  • Laurie Fitzgerald Principal, McKool Smith LLP
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar European & German Patent and Trademark Attorney, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Stephen Haber Senior Fellow of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University
  • Dietrich Kamlah Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP (Munich)
  • David Kappos Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • David Killough Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
  • Stephen Korniczky Sheppard Mullin LLP
  • Chip Lutton General Counsel and Head of Regulatory Affairs at Nest Labs
  • Monica Magnusson VP, IPR Policy, Ericsson
  • Thomas Chia Director, Patents and Corporate Development at VIA Licensing Corporation
  • Keith Mallinson Founder of WiseHabor
  • Alan Marco former Chief Economist at USPTO
  • James Marshall Partner, Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Noel Maurer Associate Professor of International Affairs and International Business, George Washington University
  • Luke McLeroy Vice President, Business Development at Avanci
  • Kerry Miller Head of IP and Standards, IP Regulatory Affairs at Nokia
  • Suzanne Munck Deputy Director and Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Federal Trade Commission
  • Brian Napper Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting
  • Damien Neven Professor of Economics at the Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Barry Nigro Deputy Assistant Attorney General United States Department of Justice
  • Gil Ohana Senior Director, Antitrust & Competition, Cisco Systems
  • Chryssoula Pentheroudakis Ph.D. Founder of IP VANGUARD with Justus Baron, Northwestern University
  • Will Plut President, Patent Profit International
  • Heinz Polsterer Standardisation & IPR Management, Deutsche Telekom
  • Randall Rader Founder of the Rader Group, International Arbitration of Complex Disputes
  • Pierre Regibeau Charles River Associates
  • Frank Reiner Vice Principle of Licensing, Internet of Things Solutions, InterDigital Communications
  • Alex Rogers Executive Vice President and President of the Technology Licensing Division at Qualcomm
  • Brian Scarpelli Senior Policy Counsel at ACT
  • Gregory Sidak Chairman of Criterion Economics
  • Alesch Staehelin Counsel at IBM
  • Nikolaus Thumm Senior Fellow at the European Commission
  • Cory Van Arsdale Chief Revenue Officer, Global Licensing, Intellectual Ventures
  • Dirk Weiler Chairman of the Board, ETSI
  • Tim Wilson Director, Patents, SAS Institute Inc.
  • Koenraad Wuyts Chief IP Officer at KPN


Lisa Penfold
Events Manager at UCL Faculty of Laws