Presentation and Discussion

Two Empirical Studies on Standard-Essential Patents (studies commissioned by European Commission, DG GROW)

“Empirical Assessment of Potential Challenges in SEP Licensing”
“Essentiality Checks for Potential SEPs – Framework for Assessing the Impact of Different Policy Options”

Thursday May 4th 2023, 01:00pm – 05:00pm CET | Residence Palace Brussels

Empirical Studies on SEPs (Challenges in SEP Licensing and Impact Assessment)

Agenda & Speakers


12:30pm - 1:15pm
Lunch Reception

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Presentation of the Study "Empirical Assessment of Potential Challenges in SEP Licensing" (Pohlmann, Baron, Arque-Castells and Sergheraert)

2:30pm - 3:15pm
Q&A with audience

3:15pm - 3:45pm
Presentation of the Study "Essential Checks for Potential SEPs - Framework for Assessing the Impact of Different Policy Options" (Baron)

3:45pm - 5:00pm
Panel discussion: assessing the impact of policy options for increasing transparency about essential patents (Baron, Pohlmann and panel of invited experts)

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Drinks Reception

Tim Pohlmann-1
Tim Pohlmann, Ph.D.
CEO & Founder
Pere Arque-Castells-1
Professor Pere Arque-Castells, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Groningen
Justus Baron-1
Justus Baron, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Northwestern University
Eric Sergheraert[4]
Professor Eric Sergheraert, Ph.D.
University of Lille


Presentation of two studies on the “Economic Impact Assessment of SEPs”, commissioned by the European Commission (DG GROW)

Register to join an exclusive in-person event where a consortium of lead researchers will present the results of two Empirical SEP studies commissioned by the European Commission (DG GROW):

  • Empirical Assessment Study of Potential Challenges in SEP Licensing
  • SEP Transparency Impact Assessment Study
The study on the “Empirical Assessment of Potential Challenges in SEP Licensing“, provides an empirical assessment of potential challenges in SEP licensing. The “SEP Transparency Impact Assessment Study” discusses and assesses potential policy options with respect to one specific policy issue, namely transparency regarding the actual essentiality of patents declared to be potentially standard-essential (declared SEPs).
Both studies were commissioned to a consortium consisting of lead researcher Dr. Justus Baron (Northwestern University), Dr. Tim Pohlmann (IPlytics and TU Berlin), Dr. Pere Arque-Castells (University of Groningen), and Dr. Eric Sergheraert (University of Lille). IPlytics provided extensive data access to the group of researchers for the empirical part of the study. The consortium was supported by an advisory group that includes industry practitioners (including SEP licensors and licensees), subject matter experts, legal experts as well as judges and academics. The purpose of both studies is to provide the EU Commission with relevant empirical information and economic analysis concerning the potential reform of the framework for valuation and licensing of Standard Essential Patents (“SEPs”). 
The presentation of the study results will be followed by two expert panels with speakers from the industry. Eric Stasik, Jorge Padilla, Benno Bühler, and Taraneh Maghamé are among the first confirmed speakers.


Residence Palace Brussels, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

Online Registration

To register for the online broadcasting, please click here.


In-Person Registration

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We also would like to make you aware that in the morning hours of the same day, another study will be presented at the same venue, namely: “The European Standardisation System at a Crossroads”, a study by Justus Baron and Pierre Larouche, and sponsored by CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe. You are welcome to join the presentation of this study as well. Please click here to register for this event.