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Regulation of ICT standards: local rules, global impact?


27 January 2023

09:30 - 17:00 CET



Online and Theatre, Badia Fiesolana

The conference focuses on global policy trends for international ICT standards and the regulation of standard essential patents licensing.

Global standards for technologies such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Artificial Intelligence play an increasingly critical role in modern infrastructure. In recent years, many countries have implemented policies aimed at pursuing leadership in the development of international high-tech standards. The regulation of the licensing framework for standard essential patents (SEPs) is an important component in standardisation strategies.

Against this background, the conference will discuss the effects of different measures aimed at influencing international standardisation and regulating the SEP licensing framework. The focus will be on the international dimension – how national policies are impacting global standardisation markets and the risks of fragmentation of global standards to national or regional standards.

Practical information

The registration fee for in-person participation is 150 euros. Students, academics, government officials, national regulators and donors of the Centre for a Digital Society can attend free of charge. Online participation is free of charge (registration required).



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Scientific Organiser

Igor Nikolic

Nokia / European University Institute


Pier Luigi Parcu

European University Institute

Dirk Weiler


Joy Xiang

Peking University

Oli Bird

OFCOM / European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations

Maria Alessandra Rossi

European University Institute / University of Chieti-Pescara

Thomas Skordas

Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT

Rudi Bekkers

Eindhoven University

Justus Baron

Northwestern University

Collette Rawnsley


Steve Faraji


Emil Xiaowu Zhang


Shan Jiao

Lifang & Partners

Giuseppe Colangelo

University of Basilicata

Michael Carrier |

Rutgers University

Cordula Schumacher |

Arnold Ruess

Niccolò Galli

European University Institute

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