Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 375 E. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Technology standards play an essential role in the development of critical emerging technologies, such as 5G, AI, Connected Cars, and more. As an example, standards for connectivity technologies, enable not only mobile devices, but an increasing number of applications in industry verticals such as education, transportation, health, retail, etc., contributing to a fully connected future world.
The development of these critical and highly innovative technologies is enabled by voluntary industry-led Standards Development Organizations (“SDOs”) and by thousands of standard-related and standard-essential patents (“SEPs”).

In a globalized economy, leadership in critical technologies is of increasing importance to countries and economies. Thus, incentivizing investment in these technologies is a high priority. The licensing of these technologies, or SEPs, occurs at a global scale. Courts and regulators in different countries compete to set the rules for leadership in technology standards innovation and products, and the related SEP licensing ecosystem, thus influencing the global technology equilibrium. In this context, a balanced framework for licensing of SEPs on Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (“FRAND”) terms is more important than ever.

This one-day expert conference will discuss the importance of leadership in technology standards, how to enable a global rules-based standards ecosystem with strong governance principles, the role of SEP licensing, as well as the economic rationales and approaches to determine the value of standards and SEPs. Leading economists and standards experts will discuss the shifting geopolitical landscape, the various business models in the standards ecosystem, and the importance of global standards. Intellectual Property licensing executives will share insights that form business strategies and licensing negotiations.


08:00 – 09:00

Breakfast Welcome Reception

09:00 – 9:15

Introduction by the hosts

9:15 – 9:30

Keynote Address

9:30 – 10:45

Session 1: Leadership in Global Standards Development

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15

Session 2: Governance Principles for Global Standards

12:15 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:30

Session 3: Current Challenges of Global SEP licensing: An industry perspective

2:30 – 3:30

Session 4: Governance of SEP Dispute Resolution in a Challenging Geopolitical Environment: A Fireside Chat

3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 5:00

Session 5: Empirical Approaches for Valuation of SEPs

5:00 – 6:00

Drinks Reception



Global Standards Leadership Conference 2022 Speakers

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