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Bowman Heiden will be moderating the panel at the hybrid conference “STANDARD ESSENTIAL PATENTS: THE EVOLVING LICENSING FRAMEWORK”.

The conference will take place in one afternoon on April 21, from 3.00 – 5.30 pm CET. The event will start with the presentation and discussion of the book, and will move on with a roundtable discussion on the recent global developments regarding the SEP licensing framework from the academic, policy and industry perspective.

To read more about it and to register please click here.


The Future of Intellectual Property – @IP Awareness Summit 2022

Bowman Heiden will take part as a panelist in the upcoming session on IP & China at the IP Awareness Summit 2022 held at Haas Business School, UC-Berkeley. The session will include James Pooley, David Teece, Mark Cohen, and Jiarui Liu.

IPAS 2022 is a gathering of IP owners, creators, educators, lawyers, organizations and investors, all with a common goal – to explore ways to make the benefits of IP rights, and the issues surrounding them, more apparent to key audiences.

Topics to be addressed this year include:

  • Entrepreneurship and Diversity – Do strong IP rights help or hinder them?

  • The IP Understanding Disconnect – What is it? Why it matters. How to address it.

  • The Impact of  Web3 and ‘Virtual’ Property on IP – AI, blockchain and NFTs

  • China and Global Threats – IP’s role in maintaining an innovation edge

For more info about the IP Awareness Summit 2022, please click here.

Over 50 technology companies now committed to the Diversity Pledge

IAM Magazine presents a new monthly feature in which companies will share stories, learnings, and experiences of their D&I journey related to IP and innovation with the IAM audience. To introduce the series, Suzanne Harrison and Bowman Heiden provide background on the Increasing Diversity in Innovation programme and share some preliminary findings.

Currently, we have over 50 technology companies committed to the Diversity Pledge from both the US and Europe across a variety of different industries as well as over 25 law firms and consulting firms as pledge supporters. The decision to create a pledge at the core of our initiative is quite simple – the achievement of meaningful results requires a commitment to putting in the work (i.e. nothing important is ever easy).

To read the full article, please click here.

Designing SEP Licensing Negotiation Groups to Reduce Patent Holdout in 5G/IoT Markets

Bowman’s latest publication together with Ruud Peters and Igor Nikolic is now available on SSRN. They discuss how LNGs can be designed to significantly reduce transaction costs and the threat of patent holdout while at the same time curtailing potential antitrust risks, especially regarding SEP implementors in the long tail of new IoT markets.

To read more and to download the paper, please click here.

Online training organized by EPO

Online seminar: High-growth technology business forum – growth-financing


Most technology start-ups and scale-ups need venture capital to finance their high-growth needs. Founders and investors must focus on creating value in the company, to be realised through an exit, i.e. selling the company or launching an IPO. This forum highlights the key role played by IPR (intellectual property rights) portfolios and strategy in attracting investments and increasing company value. The featured live case study will be discussed from the perspective of both founders and investors.

For mor information, please click here.

Bowman Heiden comments on 2021 DOJ-USPTO-NIST Draft Policy Statement

This paper is a succinct response to the request for comments regarding the 2021 draft SEP policy statement by DOJ, USPTO, and NIST. Bo has tried to summarize several key insights from his previous research and policy experience that form the foundation for understanding SEP-enabled standards and SEP policymaking, including:

1. SEP-enabled standards have produced market successes, not market failures
2. Why injunctions do not create patent holdup in the SEP licensing context
3. Without injunctions, SEP licensors are in the weaker bargaining position
4. Is there a need for a DOJ-USPTO-NIST SEP policy statement?

To read more, please click here.

A new book by Merima Bruncevic

Regulating Transnational Heritage – Memory, Identity and Diversity.

Book Description

There is a vast body of international and national law that regulates cultural heritage. However, the current regulation remains quite blind to the so called “transnational heritage”. This is heritage where there is no community recognized in law that it can be directly attributed to and that can be responsible for its safekeeping and preservation. It can also be items of heritage where the claim of ownership is disputed between two or more peoples or communities. Transnational heritage challenges the idea of monolithic, mono-cultural, ethno-national states. There are a number of examples of such cultural heritage, for instance the Buddhist Bamiyan statutes in Afghanistan, Palmyra in Syria, the Jewish heritage of Iraq, or various items that are currently housed in large, often Western, museums, as a result of colonial practices. This book explores the regulation of transnational heritage. By discussing many cases of transnational heritage and the problems that arise due to the lack of regulation the book analyses the manifestations of memories and constructions of communities through heritage. It focuses particularly on the concept of community. How are communities constructed in cultural heritage law and what falls outside of the definitions of community? The book underlines that the issues surrounding transnational heritage involve more than a communal right to culture. It is argued that transnational heritage also directly affects wider matters of law such as citizenship, human rights, sovereignty, as well as the movement of people and cultural goods.

For more information, please click here.

Interview with Roberto Castagno


Here is a recent and interesting interview with our CIP advisory board member Roberto Castagno, based on his long experience working with intellectual property.

The head of IPR functions at Neste Oyj since 2020, Roberto Castagno speaks for collaboration at every level: universities and business, lawyers and engineers, economists and patent attorneys.

To read more, please click here.