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.

China’s Practice of Anti-Suit Injunctions in SEP Litigation: Transplant or False Friend?

In 2020, China abruptly became the largest grantor of anti-suit injunctions (ASIs), which are court orders that prevent the opposing party from beginning or continuing a proceeding in another jurisdiction. China’s use of ASIs, which were used to address patent litigation initiated in a foreign country, was explicitly supported by
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The Battle Over Patents: A Summary

Adapted from The Battle over Patents: History and Politics of Innovation, edited by Stephen H. Haber and Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Oxford University Press, 2021). Complaints about the patent system are not new. Virtually all arguments that critics seize upon today to support their suggestions for a patent reform have
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IP is Not IP: Intellectual Property is Not Industrial Policy, and Why This Matters 

Competition by China with the United States for global leadership in innovation has prompted anew an age-old policy debate: What are the best policies and legal institutions to promote next-generation inventions like 5G, AI, and mRNA vaccines? Are innovations best promoted and distributed either through industrial policy initiatives like prizes,
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