Dr. Mario A. Lopez, Partner with Edgeworth Economics to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Determining FRAND Royalties for Standard Essential Patents

Dr. Mario A. Lopez, Partner with Edgeworth Economics to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Determining FRAND Royalties for Standard Essential Patents

New York, NY, October 12, 2017 —- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Dr. Mario A. Lopez, Partner with Edgeworth Economics will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Determining FRAND Royalties for Standard Essential Patents.” This event is scheduled for November 28, 2017 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

For further details, please visit: https://www.theknowledgegroup.org/webcasts/legal/intellectual-property-law/determining-frand-royalties-for-standard-essential-patents

About Dr. Mario A. Lopez

Dr. Mario A. Lopez is an expert in the application of rigorous economic methods in intellectual property issues, analyzing reasonable royalty, lost profits, and fair, reasonable and non‐discriminatory (FRAND) issues in patent infringement disputes.

Dr. Lopez has been involved in some of the key FRAND royalty cases in the U.S., including as well as numerous cases analyzing FRAND royalty rates. He regularly consults in licensing negotiations over FRAND royalties for both manufacturers and standard-essential patent (SEP) holders, covering a number of technical standards, including cellular (2G, 3G and LTE), Wi-Fi, H.264/5, and MoCa, among others. Dr. Lopez co‐authored a paper published in Antitrust outlining methodologies for determining RAND royalty rates.

About Edgeworth Economics

Edgeworth Economics provides quantitative and economic consulting in the course of litigation and business to its clients, which include world-class law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. Edgeworth experts apply their knowledge and experience, along with state-of-the-art computing infrastructure, to help clients efficiently manage complex issues including antitrust litigation, class actions, consumer financial services, data and HR analytics, employment and labor, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security, and transfer pricing. As a growing firm with a fresh approach, Edgeworth attracts leaders and teachers from across the industry including PhD economists, MBAs, statisticians, and programmers. Edgeworth has offices in Pasadena, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, DC.


Standard-essential patent (SEP) controls any component of a technology and claims an invention that must be used to comply with a technical standard. To prevent potential patent-licensing problems that may be caused by standards, standard-setting organizations (SSOs) impose FRAND obligations. A FRAND commitment is a voluntary agreement between SSOs and patent holders which facilitates wide adoption of standards and ensures SEP owners of patent benefits without gaining an unfair bargaining advantage.

However, determining the appropriate FRAND royalty rate for a SEP is a challenging task. Various U.S. cases, and the FRAND royalty determination methodologies they describe, should serve as guidance for practitioners, SEP owners, and potential SEP licensees.

Our panel of key thought leaders and practitioners will offer a discussion of the methodologies used in determining FRAND royalties as well as updates regarding the latest and significant issues surrounding the topic. Speakers will delve into the depth-analysis of recent FRAND court rulings and will also provide the audience with strategies that will guide them in a rapidly evolving legal climate.

Key topics include:

• FRAND – Legal Primer
• Methodologies
• Recent Trends and Developments
• Challenges in Determining FRAND Royalties
• Notable Cases
• Practical Strategies

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/

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