Thursday 2 March

An Introduction to Standards, Standard Setting Organisations and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)

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Start: Thursday 2 March 2023, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 2 March 2023, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

This webinar will introduce people to the basics of what standards are, how they created and how patents relate to them. It will also briefly touch on the legal issues surrounding these patents – known as Standard Essential Patents.



Adrian Howes, Nokia

Adrian Howes, Nokia

Adrian Howes is Head of IP and Standards in Nokia’s IP Policy team. Prior to joining Nokia, Adrian worked as a senior litigation counsel at Mylan (now called Viatris), a consultant for Sony Computer Entertainment and an associate in the intellectual property department of the law firm Bird & Bird. He is an English qualified lawyer, and studied chemistry and law at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge, respectively.

Adrian’s work at Nokia presently encompasses IP policy issues around standards, patents and software/open source. This includes active involvement in cross-industry discussions on IPR and its place in the next generation of industry standards at SDOs such as DVB, ETSI and the ITU. Prior to being on Nokia’s IP Policy team, Adrian was part of Nokia’s litigation and legal teams.

James Seymour, EIP

James Seymour, EIP

James is Head of SEP at EIP, advising on Standard-Essential Patents across all technology areas, including telecommunications, wireless, video and audio coding. James has been involved in a number of high profile litigation cases in the UK, US, and Germany; and in patent pool, licensing, acquisition and divestment transactions while at EIP.

Before joining EIP, James spent 18 years working as in-house patent counsel for Nokia and Hewlett-Packard in the UK, USA and Singapore. James is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney and holds a UK IP Litigation Certificate. He passed the US Patent Bar while working in the US, and qualified to practice before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore while working in Singapore.

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