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The state of play with SEPs in an Unwired world



A complex web of new case law and new policy has transformed the landscape for standard-essential patents (SEPs) in recent years. With the emergence of China as an IP power and the roll out of 5G, SEP discussions have become more global in nature and have been loaded with even more consequence for licensors and licensees alike. Plus, as we wait for the UK Supreme Court’s decision in the Unwired Planet case, for companies on both sides of the licensing equation it has never been more important to keep up to date on key developments in the standards world.  

As we are awaiting a court decision, the date of this webinar may be subject to change.






Richard Lloyd
Editor, IAM

Richard Lloyd is the editor of IAM, based in Washington DC.



Christof Augenstein
Co-founder, Kather Augenstein

Christof Augenstein is co-founder of Kather Augenstein and has been active as a litigator for more than 15 years. He became a certified specialist in intellectual property in 2007, enforcing IP rights such as patents, trademarks and designs in litigation.

Clients around the world value his advice in extensive, technically complex patent infringement litigations. Dr Augenstein has been widely recommended in directories (IP Star Managing IP, JUVE and ‘Germany’s best lawyers” by Handelsblatt) for his legal advice in the field of IP rights. His awards confirm not only his technical expertise, but also his relentless dedication to the interest of his clients.

Dr Augenstein is chair of the Standing Committee on Unitary Patent (UPC) Q 243 at the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and also a member of the Standing Committee on Enforcement Q 224.





Simon Ayrton
Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP

Simon Ayrton is a partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist IP law firm based in London. He specialises in IP litigation, arbitration and counselling. Often drawing on his technical background, he has broad expertise advising clients in relation to IP and technology disputes in the electronics, software and consumer goods sectors, advising on heavyweight and high profile technical dispute resolution. Mr Ayrton handles cases in the UK courts, UK IPO and EPO, and is regularly involved in the coordination of proceedings with parallel actions elsewhere in the world.


Kevin Post
Partner, IP Litigation, Ropes & Gray

Kevin Post is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation group. He works extensively with high-technology companies handling their complex patent disputes. He has litigated patent cases in nearly every significant patent jurisdiction, including the US federal courts, ITC, PTAB and the Federal Circuit. Mr Post has tried multiple cases involving SEPs and RAND licensing issues, including breach of contract cases. From providing licensing support, patent portfolio analysis and due diligence to handling all aspects of trial preparation and trial, his experience has touched on all phases of IP litigation.


30 April 2020
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min