SEPs and the Autos: Lessons for the Internet of Things (RECORDING)
As cars quickly adopt improved connectivity, SEP owners and those in auto-related industries find themselves at the center of new developments in technology and the law. 5G SEP owners and automakers are experiencing a unique collision in business and IP cultures. The lessons that emerge will be useful for other industries that want to become part of the Internet of Things (IOT).
Our panel includes the senior vice president of a patent pool of SEP owners geared to autos and the IOT, the director of IP at the leading ride-sharing company, and a law professor who specializes in standards. They will focus on important and evolving legal concepts that inform negotiations in this area, as well practical ideas for improving approaches to licensing discussions. Among the topics to be discussed:
- Can SEP owners vary royalties based on device characteristics, or the level in the distribution chain, and remain compliant with FRAND?
- How to establish a FRAND royalty in a new market with no comparable licenses
- The strengths and weaknesses of patent pool solutions
- The possible use of third-party experts to opine on the essentiality of patents included in standards
- How negotiation issues between SEP owners and carmakers differ from issues involving smartphones
- Other lessons applicable to the IOT
- Jorge Contreras, University of Utah School of Law
- Bill Harmon, Uber
- Luke McLeroy, Avanci