Moderator: Igor Nikolic

Dr. Igor Nikolic is a Research Fellow at European University Institute, Italy. He specialises and writes in the areas of standard essential patents, innovation and technical standardisation, intellectual property and competition law. He published a book ‘Licensing Standard Essential Patents: FRAND and the Internet of Things’ (Hart Publishing 2021) examining the law, policy, and economics of SEP licensing. At EUI he gives lectures on patent licensing and 5G policy issues. Igor has given presentations at various international conferences and published in academic journals on different topics related to standardisation, FRAND commitment, SEP disputes, the appropriate level chain for licensing and licensing negotiations groups.

He obtained PhD at University College London, where he is also associated as a Senior Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Law, Economics & Society. He taught competition and IP law at UCL, King’s College and the University of Turin and worked as an external consultant for the World Bank. Igor is also a qualified attorney at law advising on competition, intellectual property and regulatory issues.

Assessing the Patent and Trademark Office’s Inventorship Guidance for AI-Assisted Inventions

By Alexander Kersten As new applications of artificial intelligence (AI) become more sophisticated, AI tools are increasingly used to assist in the process of invention. However, given that inventorship is limited to natural persons under U.S. law, AI’s growing utilization has raised questions around whether AI-assisted inventions should receive patents,
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Securing IP and the Future of Pandemic Preparedness

By Jeffrey Depp In December 2021, member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) at a Special Session of the World Health Assembly created an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (“Pandemic Agreement”). The
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The Use of March-In Rights Could Undermine Innovation and National Security

By Hideki Tomoshige and Sujai Shivakumar By accelerating new products to market, the nation’s innovation system—a network of interconnected activities across university researchers, small and large businesses, and venture capital and other financial organizations, among other actors—enhances economic growth, competitiveness, and national security. Securing the future of this innovation system
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