The Academy in its 2023 edition will focus on the licensing and litigation of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).
In today’s interconnected world, global technological standards like 4G, 5G, and Wi-Fi play a pivotal role in fostering interoperability, connectivity, and innovation across various economic sectors. They serve as fundamental building blocks of the digital economy and the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT). However, disputes related to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) have become a pressing issue, captivating the attention of courts and regulators worldwide. The complexities surrounding SEP licensing and litigation have necessitated a deep understanding of the legal, economic, and policy dimensions involved.
By delving into the intricacies of SEP licensing and litigation, the Florence Patent Licensing Academy recognises the critical need to equip early and mid-career professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate this rapidly evolving landscape. This executive course is particularly timely given the recent proposal for a Regulation by the European Commission, which aims to address the challenges posed by SEP disputes and ensure fair and balanced licensing practices within the European Union.
By participating in the Academy, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the international standards-development process, the concept of FRAND licensing commitments, SEP litigation trends in Europe, the US, and China, as well as insights into competition law and policy surrounding SEPs.
In addition to the course, participants may attend the Autumn Conference on “Fairness in the Digital Age” on 19-20 October, free of charge.
Any questions? Contact your course facilitator
The course is specifically designed for junior to mid-career professionals, including:
- in-house counsels
- officials from intellectual property offices and competition authorities
- advocacy officers
- specialised journalists
Participants will learn about:
- The international standard-development process
- The notions of patent holdup and holdout
- The meaning of FRAND licensing commitment
- SEP litigation and cases in Europe
- SEP litigation and cases in US and China
- How to approach good-faith SEP licensing negotiations in line with global best practices
- SEP licensing negotiations in practice
- SEP litigation strategies
- Competition law and policy towards SEPs
- The draft EU Regulation on SEPs
At the end of the course, participants who have regularly attended the classes and completed the course evaluation survey will receive a ‘Certificate of Attendance’. The Certificate will be delivered both to participants opting for the residential and the online track.
Certificate of attendance
The Certificates are released by the European University Institute, a leading post-graduate research centre, founded in 1972 by the Member States of the European Union.
Attendance to the Florence Competition Autumn Conference is not compulsory in order to obtain the Certificate of Attendance.
Continuing Professional Development
The course’s final certificate is eligible to provide training credits for lawyers from Germany, Austria and Ireland.
In addition, the course is currently under review to award training credits for lawyers in Italy, Belgium and France.
If you need assistance in liaising with your bar association for accreditation, please contact Anna Ferrari and she will assist with the process.
- Regular fee: 1500 €
- National Regulatory Authorities, National Competition Authorities, Full-time academics, as well as partners and donors of the Centre for a Digital Society: 1200 €
- If you are a student or a researcher, please contact the course facilitator, Anna Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for a discounted fee. Please note that a student/researcher certification must be provided.
We encourage prospective participants in the residential track to register as early as possible to start planning their travel to Florence well in advance.
Please note that the course fees will not be reimbursed in case of cancellation after the course start.
For more detailed information about the Patent Licensing Academy, download the programme of the 2022 edition.
- Patent Licensing Academy - 2022 programme
- Updated on: Mar 13, 2023
- ENG (1.32 MB - pdf)