Franklin Pierce School of Law Hosts Renowned Thought Leaders at Spring Summit on SEPs and FRAND at Mount Washington


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Omni Mount Washington Resort

Courtesy of Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Two-day event explored the intersection of antitrust and patents

CONCORD, NH – UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law welcomed world-renowned thought leaders on intellectual property for its Spring Summit at Bretton Woods, NH, at the Omni Mount Washington Resort, entitled “Exploring Intersections.” This Summit focused on the FRAND and SEP issues raised at the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust.  The diverse views on the topic are highlighted in the hundreds of comments received in light of the July 9, 2021 White House Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy | The White House. The Summit featured discussion and debate by former CAFC Judge Arthur Gajarsa and former USPTO Directors Andrei Iancu and David Kappos. The Summit will took place April 24-26, 2022.

Summit participants—who include IP leaders from Microsoft, Qualcomm, Dolby, Johnson & Johnson, Fortress, and Dell as well as members of academia, high-profile firms, and aggregator entities—also discussed the European Commission’s DG GROW, which published its Public Consultation on SEP licensing on February 15.  The consultation was accompanied by a Call for Evidence for an Impact Assessment and raises specific questions on a number of topics including problems related to SEP licensing, essentiality, FRAND and enforcement.

Micky Minhas

Micky Minhas, JD/LLM '97

“We are excited to host such distinguished thought leaders,” said Micky Minhas, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and 1997 JD/LLM graduate of UNH Franklin Pierce. “We take as a starting point that there are strong views on either side of these difficult issues. Given this backdrop, the attendees will explore common ground that we can build upon.”

The Summit ws invite-only, but certain presentations and discussions were live-streamed, watch them here:

UNH Franklin Pierce has ranked in the Top 10 for Intellectual Property for more than 30 years by US News & World Report. For more information about the school’s IP programs, please visit Intellectual Property Law Program | University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.