Tilburg Law and Economics Center

TILEC conference on: Patent pools 2.0: Modernizing collective licensing mechanisms in the IoT context

Date: Time: 12:00 Location: Tilburg University

26 April 2019, Brussels

Purpose of the conference

Patent pools can be a source of efficiencies when they comprise patents protecting complementary technologies. While patent pools have been successful in several areas, attempts to create patent pools have failed with respect to mobile communication standards, such as 3G and 4G, where the main SEP holders have stayed away from the pool and engaged in bilateral negotiations. This had led to significant litigation. Bilateral negotiations are hard to envisage in the IoT context where thousands of companies, large and smalls, while have to implement mobile communication standards. In that context, patent pools and other forms of collective licensing mechanisms may be an attractive alternative. Patent pools have, however, often been criticized for their aggressive licensing tactics, and some of them seem to suffer from significant design flaws. If reliance on patent pools is the right way forward in the IoT context, it is important to make sure that they are correctly designed and managed. Against that background, the purpose of the conference is to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of patent pools, the regulatory framework under which they operate, the challenges they face and the ways in which they should operate to provide an attractive alternative to bilateral licensing in the IoT era.

Draft program
9:00 Welcome speech and introduction
  Prof. Damien Geradin, EUCLID Law & TILEC, Tilburg University
9:10 – 10:00 Patent pools in the ICT sector: Setting the scene
  Chair: Robert Pocknell, N&M Consultancy
  What is a patent is a patent pool and different types of pools
  Prof. Michael Mattioli, Indiana University
  Patent pools: The pros and the cons
  Kirti Gupta, Qualcomm
10:00 – 10:20 Coffee break
10:20– 11:05 Patent pools in the ICT sector: Setting the scene (continuation)
  Fostering the formation of patent pools
  Carter Eltzroth, DVB Project
  What economic theory has to say about patent pools
  Dr Avantika Chowdhury, Oxera
11:05– 11:30 A survey of the 5G Landscape
  Dr. Tim Pohlmann, IPlytics GmbH
11:30 – 12:20 Keynote speech
  “A Review of Contemporary Research on Patent Valuation: Lessons for Patent Pool Royalty Allocation”
  Prof. Rob Merges, UC Berkeley
  Professor Rafal Sikorski, Poznan University, SMM Legal
12:20– 13:30 Lunch
13:30– 15:00 Patent pools – A discussion of some practical issues
  Nicholas Townsend, Sky
  What governance system for patent pools
  Thomas Chia, Via Licensing
  Patent pool and SEPs: Setting FRAND terms
  Mathias Hellman, Ericsson
  Patent pools and the value chain: Who should take a license?
  Matthias Schneider, Audi
  Ief Daems, Cisco Systems
15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 – 16:00 Policy session:
  What can be done about essentiality?
  Prof. Rudi Bekkers, Technical University of Eindhoven
  Nikolaus Thumm, European Commission
16:00– 17:30 Roundtable: Patent pools 2.0 – What is the right way forward in the IoT era?
  Patent pools 2.0: A discussion of the core features
  Prof. Damien Geradin, EUCLID Law & TILEC, Tilburg University
  Roundtable participants:
  Dylan Lee, Huawei
  Prof. Rob Merges, UC Berkeley
  Jan Sandstrom, NSN
  Martin Heinebrodt, Bosch
  Guillaume Ménage, France Brevets
17:30 – 17:40 Conclusions
17:40 Cocktail

The Registration fee includes:  access to the academic conference sessions, coffee/tea/lunch and drinks during the conference day.

Registration fee: € 250

There is a Registration Waiver for Invited speakers, Academics and TILEC members.


The registration deadline passed on 17 April, However few seats are still available.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact us trough: tilec@tilburguniversity.edu and we will register your manually.


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