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9th GRUR Int./JIPLP Joint Seminar

GRUR - 08.10.2018

"The EU approach to SEPs - HUAWEI, its aftermath and potential developments"

Already in 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in its landmark decision HUAWEI v ZTE that in case of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), injunction claims by the patent holder may be barred under certain conditions. It was left to national courts and competition authorities to interpret and apply these conditions. After an intensive debate, the European Commission published on 29 November 2017 its Communication entitled "Setting out the EU Approach to Standard Essential Patents" (COM 2017(712) final) in order to address some of the uncertainties in SEP licesing left unresolved following the CJEU´s decision, and to drive progress for the EU-wide adoption of 5G.

In our seminar, experts from academia, the judiciary, industry and private practice will look at HUAWEI v ZTE and its aftermath in Europe, with a special focus on its effects before national courts in Germany and the UK. Furthermore, the Seminar will try to look into the future to identify potential challenges, changes and developments. 

Confirmed chairs and speakers are: 

  • Dr Beatriz Conde Gallego, Senior Research Fellow, Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich
  • Stephan Freischem, Secretary General of GRUR; Partner, FREISCHEM & PARTNER Patentanwälte, Cologne
  • Prof. Dr Andreas Fuchs, LL.M. (Michigan), Chair of the GRUR Special Committe on Antitrust LAw; Director of the Institute for Commercial and Economic Law, Chair of Civil Law, Commercial and Corporate Law, German, European and International Business Law, University of Osnabrück
  • Dr Claudia Tapia Garcia, LL.M. (Munich), Chair 4iP Council, Director IPR Policy & Legal Academic Research, Ericsson, Herzogenrath
  • Prof Dr. Maximilian Haedicke, LL.M. (Georgetown), Director Department Intellectual Property Law, Institute for Business, Social and Labor Law, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg
  • Dr Frank-Erich Hufnagel, LL.M. (Cambridge), Partner, Bristows LLP, London
  • Dr Sophie Lawrance, Partner, Bristows LLP, London
  • Prof. Dr Jan-Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. (Cambridge), Vice-Chair of the GRUR Special Committee on Antitrust Law; Partner, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, Berlin
  • Dr Michael Ritscher, LL.M. (Georgetown), President of INGRES - Swiss Insitute for Industrial Property; Partner, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
  • Dr Christopher Stothers, Partner. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London
  • Dr Bérénice Thom, Judge at the Civil Chamber 4b of the Regional Court Düsseldorf
  • Dr Gert Würtenberger, President of GRUR; Partner, Kanzlei Würtenberger Kunze
  • Anne von Zukowski, Policy Officer, Unit F/1, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, DG GROW, EU Commission, Brussels

PROGRAMME FLYER (will be uploaded soon)

The event will take place on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 from 14.00 to 21.00 (working programme from 14.00 to 19.00, dinner reception from 19.00 to approximately 21.00) at Industrie-Club Düsseldorf e.V., Elberfelder Str. 6, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany (

Since room capacities are limited to 120 seats we recommend and early registration. By submitting your registration, you acknowledge and agree that GRUR is entitled to charge a cancellation/no show fee in case you should cancel your confirmed registration 


The programme is free of charge but requires a prior and binding registration. 

To submit your registration, please go to the tab "Participants" ("Teilnehmer"), fill your complete contact details into the online form and finalise the submission by clicking on the button "Registration" ("An Veranstaltung teilnhehmen"). If your registration has been successful, you will automatically receive a confirmation of registration via e-mail. Otherwise, please try again or contact Sandra von Lingen ( / +49 (0)221-650 65-155).

Cancellation / no show fee notice: 

By submitting your registration, you acknowledge and agree that GRUR is entitled to charge a cancellation / no show fee of €35,00 in case of cancellation of your confirmed registration 10 days or less prior to the event and/or in case of no show. 

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