Standard essential patents (SEPs): Use of alternative dispute resolution for SEP disputes

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Organized by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center), this webinar will discuss the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for disputes relating to standard essential patents (SEPs).

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will share its case experience in fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) and SEP disputes, and will moderate a panel discussion. The panel will address key issues in SEP licensing, including the:

  • Hurdles to agreeing on SEP licensing terms
  • Impact of courts setting global FRAND rates
  • Role of mediation and arbitration going forward

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Agenda (Note: All times are Eastern Time (ET))

10:00 – 10:10 a.m. ET: Opening remarks

  • Kathi Vidal, Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Marco Alemán, Assistant Director General, IP Innovation and Ecosystems Sector, WIPO

10:10 – 10:20 a.m. ET: WIPO ADR to resolve SEP/FRAND disputes

10:20 –11:20 a.m. ET: Panel discussion

  • Moderator Ignacio de Castro, Director, IP Disputes and External Relations Division, WIPO Center
  • Evelyn Chen, Director, Patent Assertion & Enforcement, Ericsson
  • Steve Faraji, Head of Patents Vehicle / Production, AUDI
  • Russell E. Levine, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago

11:20 – 11:30 a.m. ET: Q&A


Additional information

For more information about the webinar, visit the WIPO registration page or contact WIPO at  

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

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