Standard essential patent (SEP)/FRAND disputes: How SMEs can utilize mediation

This free program will discuss how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use mediation in negotiations or disputes related to standard essential patents (SEPs) and “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) licensing. Register to attend.

The program is organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, and will feature:

  • Opening remarks by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and Marco Alemán, WIPO Assistant Director General, IP Innovation and Ecosystems Sector
  • A panel with representatives of two SMEs, who will discuss how mediation can facilitate SEP licensing
  • Case histories from a WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center representative, providing an overview of WIPO’s alternative dispute resolution service for SEP/FRAND disputes
  • A panel discussion with WIPO neutrals, who will offer details about what is involved in the mediation process

The program will end with a question-and-answer session.

There is no charge to attend this virtual program, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the WIPO registration page.

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A detailed agenda is available on the WIPO registration page.

Additional information

For non-press inquiries, contact Christian Hannon in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs or  

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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