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“International Symposium toward the resolution of disputes concerning SEPs” was held


We are now in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), in which various things that have not been connected via networks hitherto, such as home electronics and automobiles, can be done so. Also, we are moving toward the 5G era, i.e., the fifth generation mobile communication system, in which larger amounts of data can be exchanged in real time. Meanwhile, standard essential patents (SEPs) are being used for manufacturing products using advanced communication technologies, such as IoT. Licensing negotiations that were conducted among companies in the telecommunications industry also are now being conducted between and among different industries. As a result, new issues have arisen about licensing agreements in terms of, for example, differences in licensing rules and methods of determining royalties.

Under these circumstances, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) is working to formulate guidelines to be used to help prevent or smoothly resolve disputes over SEPs. At this symposium, experts from within and outside Japan, including researchers from RIETI, legal professionals, and intellectual property professionals, will collaborate to discuss and report on the current and future issues involving SEPs. Discussions will be held on international arbitrations that are expected to settle licensing negotiations and disputes involving SEPs immediately in an integrated manner.

Time / Date

9:30 - 18:00 / Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Main Room, Kioi Conference (1-4 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)




Japan Patent Office (JPO) / Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)


English /Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)


  •  9:30- 9:35  Welcome and opening
    KISHIMOTO Yoshio (Vice Chairman, RIETI)
  •  9:35- 9:55  Keynote speech “Facilitating SEP Licensing -JPO's approach-”
    MUNAKATA Naoko (Commissioner, Japan Patent Office) (Presentation (PDF:441KB), Speech (PDF:33KB))
  •  9:55-10:25  Special lecture 1 “Changes in the environment surrounding SEPs and trends in each country in recent years”
    David KAPPOS (Former Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office) (Presentation (PDF:1,252KB))
  • 10:25-10:55 Special  lecture 2 “Current situation and issues of international arbitration for resolving disputes concerning SEPs”
    Randall RADER (Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) (Presentation (PDF:849KB))
  • 10:55-11:05  Break
  • 11:05-12:25  Panel 1 “How should we face license negotiations involving SEPs?”
    • Moderator
      Heinz GODDAR (Senior Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert/ German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trademark Attorney)
    • Panelists (in alphabetical order)
      Christian LOYAU (Legal Affairs Director, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)) (Presentation (PDF:395KB))
      Gustav BRISMARK (Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Ericsson) (Presentation (PDF:193KB))
      NAGASAWA Kenichi (Group Executive of Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters, Canon) (Presentation (PDF:2,197KB))
      SUZUKI Masabumi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law) (Presentation (PDF:182KB))
  • 12:25-13:40  Lunch break
  • 13:40-15:00  Panel 2 “How should we resolve conflicts about SEPs between different industries in the 5G era?”
    • Moderator
      David KAPPOS
    • Panelists (in alphabetical order)
      Dan LANG (Vice President of Intellectual Property, CISCO)
      ENDO Yoshihiro (General Manager, Intellectual Property and Standardization Division, Honda Motor)
      Ilkka Rahnasto (Vice President Head of Patent Business, Nokia Technologies Ltd.)
      Max OLOFSSON (Director of Licensing, AVANCI) (Presentation (PDF:206KB))
  • 15:00-15:10  Break
  • 15:10-16:30  Panel 3 “What is the appropriate royalty under the FRAND terms?”
    • Moderator
      NAGAOKA Sadao (Faculty Fellow and Program Director RIETI / Professor, Tokyo Keizai University) (Presentation (PDF:117KB))
    • Panelists (in alphabetical order)
      BJ WATROUS (Vice President & Chief IP Counsel, Apple Inc.) (Presentation (PDF:355KB))
      Dylan LEE (Deputy Director for IP Licensing and Transaction, Huawei)
      John Han (SVP & GM, Qualcomm Technology Licensing)
      TAKAHASHI Hiroshi (Manager, IP Development Section 1, Advanced Research & Manufacturing Technology IP Department, Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Corporation)
  • 16:30-16:40  Break
  • 16:40-18:00  Panel 4 “Possibility of international arbitrations as a means for resolving IP disputes”
    • Moderator
      TAMAI Katsuya (Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo)
    • Panelists (in alphabetical order)
      Jiang Zhipei (Former Chief Judge, IP Supreme People’s Court)
      KATAYAMA Eiji (Attorney at Law, Patent Attorney, ABE, IKUBO & KATAYAMA) (Presentation (PDF:91KB))
      Klaus GRABINSKI (Judge, Federal Court of Justice in Germany) (Presentation (PDF:26KB))
      Randall RADER

[Last updated 10 April 2018]

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