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Place du Congrès, Brussels, Belgium

Participation in this event is free of charge.



Innovation, Standards and IPRs


5G networks and services are going to craft the building block of future gigabit society: a momentous transformation of the digital and telecoms world. Today, ICT and ‘vertical’ companies are introducing new business models and investment strategies in order to respond to that transformation. Meanwhile, policy makers and regulators are seeking a new way to govern the complexity of 5G ecosystem without negatively affecting its incremental value from existing products and services.

In this perspective, in order to maximise social welfare and maintaining strong incentives towards innovations in ‘5G markets’, public bodies and companies are asked to encourage the development of standards, interoperability, harmonisation and maintaining an efficient ‘institutional and contractual’ design in the production and enforcement of IP licenses.

This workshop organized by Deep-IN Network in cooperation with CEPS will shade some lights on these issues.

The first session of the workshop will deal with policy and market strategies introducing new cooperation tools and coordination mechanisms in all segments of its horizontally and vertically extended value chain. This process is aimed to make ‘5G markets’ move toward a balanced framework (still to be defined) between cooperation and competition and thus enabling the so-called co-opetition in 5G markets.

The second session of the workshop will focus on Standard Developing Organisations (SDOs) and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) which are essential in the 5G and IoT ecosystem. SDOs are supposed to play a key role in ensuring a smooth interplay between patents and standards. Indeed, innovation needs both sustainable and efficient standardisation process and a balanced licensing environment, also in order to address the risk of hold-up and hold-out opportunistic behaviours throughout the value chain.

Fair Reasonable And Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) conditions has often been considered a key to such a balance, and are increasingly used in other EU contexts (e.g., Data Economy and FinTech). Nevertheless, the hurdles underlying the economic and legal assessment of ‘what FRAND is’ has implied a massive litigation that has not tackle legal uncertainty because of an inconsistent bodies of case-law worldwide.

Lorenzo Pupillo Lorenzo Pupillo
Lorenzo Pupillo

Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity@CEPS Initiative

Speakers list
Antonio Manganelli

Director, DEEP-IN Research Network

Stefano da Empoli

President, I-Com

Sandro Mendonça

Board member, ANACOM /Professor of Economics

Antonio Nicita

Commissioner, AGCOM / Professor of Economic Policy

Andrea Renda

Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy, CEPS

Peter Stuckmann

Head of Unit, Future Connectivity Systems, DG Connect

Rosario Baratta

Head of Competition Law, GSMA

Maarit Palovirta

Director of Regulatory Affairs, ETNO

Wassim Chourbaji

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Amaryllis Verhoeven

Chair of the Commission Expert Group on Licensing and Valuation of SEPs

Damien Geradin

Professor of Competition Law & Economics, Tilburg University

Eric Brousseau

Scientific Director, Chair Governance and Regulation, University Paris-Dauphine

George Padilla

Head of Compass Lexecon Europe