Mario Lopez, Vice President, Charles River Associates to Determining FRAND Royalties for Standard Essential Patents in 2020 LIVE Webcast

Top Quote The Knowledge Group, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Mario Lopez, Vice President, Charles River Associates will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Determining FRAND Royalties for Standard Essential Patents in 2020 LIVE Webcast.” End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 24, 2020 - This event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM ET.

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    About Mario Lopez
    Dr. Mario A. Lopez is a vice president in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice of CRA. Dr. Lopez has provided expert testimony on patent infringement cases in US district courts, the US International Trade Commission, and internationally. He has also advised on patent and standard essential patent disputes in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, India, and China.

    He has been involved in several high-profile disputes involving fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) cases including Ericsson v. D-Link, Innovatio, Realtek v. LSI Corporation, and TCL Communications v. Ericsson. Dr. Lopez also regularly advises both manufacturers and patent holders in licensing negotiations over royalties.

    He co-authored a paper published in Antitrust, outlining methodologies for determining FRAND royalty rates. He has written articles and given presentations on economic approaches to licensing negotiations, the valuation of intellectual property, and economic issues that arise in ITC proceedings.

    He has valued patent rights related to several technical standards, including cellular (2G GSM, 3G-WCDMA and CDMA, and 4G-LTE), Wi-Fi (802.11), AAC, H.264, HEVC (H.265), AMR-WB/EVS and MoCa standards, among others.
    About Charles River Associates

    Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategy expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world.

    With proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, CRA consultants have provided astute guidance to clients in thousands of successful engagements. We offer litigation and regulatory support, business strategy and planning, market and demand forecasting, policy analysis, and risk management consulting.

    Our success stems from the outstanding capabilities of our consultants, many of whom are recognized as experts in their respective fields; our close relationships with a select group of respected academic and industry experts; and from a corporate philosophy that stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and responsive service.

    Headquartered in Boston, the firm has offices internationally.


    In order to prevent patent-licensing problems, standard-setting organizations (SSOs) have created fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms to ensure that standard-essential patent (SEP) owners will get patent benefits without unfair bargaining. Earlier this year, as patent holders are generally free to charge the users of their patents, the developers of technical standards have agreed to license the former’s SEPs to manufacturers of standardized products at royalty rates that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

    However, as FRAND commitment arises as a contractual obligation, determining the appropriate FRAND royalty rate for an SEP has become a challenging task. Although courts, policymakers, academics, and SSOs have been attempting to affirm the concept of FRAND and the determination of a FRAND royalty, there has been no general set of common principles that have been agreed upon. Thus, creating a more complex industry for SEP owners and businesses.

    In this LIVE Webcast, intellectual property (IP) professionals, Matthew Lynde (Cornerstone Research) and Mario Lopez (Charles River Associates) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in determining FRAND royalties for SEPs. As experts, they will also present important issues surrounding this significant topic including the recent FRAND court rulings and the best practices along with significant outlooks on what to expect in this rapidly evolving legal climate.

    Key topics include:
    • FRAND Royalties – What You Need To Know
    • Recent Trends and Developments
    • Challenges in Determining FRAND Royalties
    • Recent Notable Cases
    • Best Practices
    • What Lies Ahead

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