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9th GRUR Int./JIPLP Joint Seminar

UPDATE 3 December 2018: We added Prof. Dr Haedicke´s presentation to our event archive (see below on how to access and download presentations). The title is "FRAND and 5G - Challenges for the future".

UPDATE 29 November 2018: The speakers´ presentations are now available!
To access the files, scroll down to the grey `virtual card box´ and click on the tab: "Downloads". There you will find all files made availabe for web use by our speakers.

Please note that Ms Sophie Lawrance´s presentation (which was not included in the MyTransfer Link sent to participants) can be found under "Downloads" as well, the title is "The global footprint of the UK approach to FRAND disputes" (see third presentation = file no. 04.)

UPDATE 18 October 2018: The event is fully booked!

Therefore, we unfortunately cannot accept any further registrations.

"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 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 Institute for Industrial Property; Partner, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG Rechtsanwälte, Zurich
  • Dr Christopher Stothers, BCL (Oxford), 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, Würtenberger Kunze strategic IP lawyers
  • Anne von Zukowski, Policy Officer, Unit F/1, Intellectual Property and Fight Against Counterfeiting, DG GROW, EU Commission, Brussels


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

The working sessions will be held from
from 14.00 to 19.00 (including a coffee break). Please note that the working language is English without simultaneous translation. After work, you are warmly invited to join our dinner reception taking place from 19.00 to 21.00!

Since room capacities are limited we recommend an early registration.


UPDATE 18 October 2018: The event is fully booked.

Therefore, we unfortunately cannot accept any further registrations.


No-show / cancellation fee notice:

A cancellation free of charge is only possible until 20 November 2018. GRUR reserves the right to charge a no-show / cancellation fee of € 35,00 in case of no-show / cancellation after 20 November 2018.
By submitting your registration, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to these no-show / cancellation conditions.

Certificate of attendance:

Upon request, a confirmation of participation can be issued after the event (max. 4.25 hrs).

Contact for requests:

Sandra von Lingen, GRUR Senior Manager International Affairs & Publications, e-Mail:, phone: +49 (0)221-650 65-155,


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