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Part 1: Research Roundtable on Standard Essential Patent Determination Approaches

December 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST


The uncertainty regarding the essentiality of declared SEPs is an important topic in the policy debate about FRAND. Different approaches have been proposed to increase transparency about the number of truly essential patents in different patent holders’ portfolios. As assessments of the proportion and number of truly essential patents owned by different patent holders play an important role in FRAND determinations, it is crucial to understand the diversity of existing approaches, and how to properly interpret their results.

Join Justus Baron, Senior Research Associate, Northwestern University, and Tim Pohlmann, CEO of IPlytics on Tuesday, December 7th and Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, 4 pm CET, 10 am EST, for a 2 x 90-minute wide-ranging round table discussion about SEP determination approaches and economic implications. The two-part webinar will start with a presentation of 4 recent research articles (December 7th), presenting and discussing approaches such as generalized essentiality checks of individual SEPs, assessments of random samples, and predictive models using semantic comparisons between patent and standard documents as well as data on technical contributions and patent citations:

  • Justus Baron: Precision and bias in the assessment of essentiality rates in firms’ portfolios of declared SEPs
  • Rudi Bekkers: Overcoming inefficiencies of patent licensing: A method to assess patent’s essentiality for technical standards
  • Fabian Gaessler: Truly Standard-Essential Patents? A Semantics-Based Analysis
  • Keith Mallinson: Essentiality Rate Inflation and Random Variability in SEP Counts with Sampling and Essentiality Checking for Top-Down FRAND Royalty Rate Setting

The roundtable will be moderated by Tim Pohlmann, CEO at IPlytics. Join the discussion and save your spot. Register below for parts 1 and part 2 of the research roundtable. Please note: you will be able to attend both events with a single registration and using the same Zoom link.


December 7, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
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