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ITU Patent Roundtable
Geneva, Switzerland, 10 October 2012 Contact:


Preliminary Agenda


10 October 2012
08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 11:00​
Segment 1 (Part I: Background and general perspectives of key stakeholders):
Segment 1 will allow participants to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the current debates relative to standard essential patent litigation, to listen to the views of key stakeholders on this issue, and to consider possible actions that could be taken by the different groups of stakeholders with a view to possibly clarifying the RAND licensing commitment or otherwise reducing the tensions between the standard, patent and competition law systems.

Moderator:  Mr. Knut Blind, Rotterdam School of Management [ Biography ]
  • Welcome address:
     Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary-General
     [ Biography | Speech ]
     Mr. Malcolm Johnson, TSB Director, ITU
     [ Biography | Speech ]
  • General introduction to the issues:
     Mr. Rudi Bekkers, Eindhoven University of Technology
     [ Biography | Presentation ]
  • Competition Authorities’ perspectives:
     Mrs. Renata B. Hesse, United States Department of Justice
     [ Biography ] 
     Mr. Mark D. Seidman, United States Federal Trade Commission
     [ Biography | Presentation ]
     Mr. Thomas Kramler, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission
     [ Biography | Presentation ]
  • Question & Answer Session
​11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
​11:30 -12:30

​Segment 1 (Part II: Specific perspectives of certain key stakeholders in “360 view” format):

Moderator: Mr. Knut Blind, Rotterdam School of Management [ Biography ]

Perspectives from certain key stakeholders:

  • Standard Development Organizations:
     Mr. Antoine Dore, ITU
     [ Biography ]
     Mr. Dirk Weiler, ETSI
     [ Biography ]
  • Industry players:
     Mr. BJ Watrous, Apple
     [ Biography ]
     Mr. Ray Warren, Motorola Mobility
     [ Biography ]
     Mr. Michael Fröhlich, RIM
     [ Biography ]
  • Patent offices: 
     Mr. Michel Goudelis, European Patent Office
     [ Biography ]
     Mr. Stuart Graham, United States Patent and Trademark Office
     [ Biography ]
  • Academic Institution: 
     Mr. Tim Pohlmann, Technical University of Berlin
     [ Biography ]
12:30 - 13:30​ Lunch Break
​13:30 - 15:30

Segment 2: World Café @ ITU Patent Round Table

Facilitator: Ms Saba Imru, ITU [ Biography ]

Rapporteurs: Mr. Robert Barr, University of California [ Biography ] and Mr. Knut Blind, Rotterdam School of Management [ Biography ]

Segment 2 will be conducted as a World Café, an effective collaborative conversation methodology that ensures the active involvement of each and every participant in a generative discussion around the key questions of the Roundtable. The shared dialogue facilitates intensive peer exchanges and is an excellent means to express innovative ideas, reveal emergent trends and consolidate an open network of world-class experts in the field.

The goal of this Segment is to allow participants to actively exchange ideas and better understand each other’s perspectives.  This Segment will be used to generate solutions that will be reviewed and discussed during Segment 3.
For additional information, see document “Structure of the ITU Roundtable”.
​15:30 - 16:30 ​Coffee Break
​16:30 - 18:00

Segment 3 (Roundtable Discussions):

Segment 3 will gather the participants to discuss and brainstorm possible compromises or solutions that have emerged during Segments 1 and 2.

Moderator: Mr. Robert Barr, University of California [ Biography ]

  • Discussion
    All participants
​18:00 - 18:15

Conclusions and closing remarks

​18:15 - 19:30 ​Reception