21° Pranzo Antitrust/Antitrust Lunch: “The interface between competition and IP”


antitrustitalia’s 21st lunch is scheduled on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

Exceptionally, the event will be held at the Auditorium of Madou Tower (Place Madou – 1049 Brussels ) and NOT at Confindustria Bruxelles.

The speaker Nicholas Banasevic – Head of Unit in unit C3 of DG Competition dealing with Antitrust – will give a presentation in English on:

The interface between competition and IP – when can injunctions based on standard-essential patents be anti-competitive?

Many of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers are engaged in extensive patent litigation against each other around the world. The presentation will focus on one specific type of patents, namely those that are declared to be essential in industry standards. By providing an overview of the Commission’s recent Motorola and Samsung Decisions, the presentation will highlight in what circumstances injunctions based on standard-essential patents (SEPs) may be anti-competitive, and will analyse the legal framework used by the Commission.

Nicholas Banasevic is Head of Unit in DG Competition of the European Commission of the unit responsible for antitrust in the field of IT, the internet and consumer electronics. He is Case Manager of the Commission’s ongoing Google investigation and was Case Manager of the Commission’s Motorola and Samsung investigations. Prior to that, he worked in mergers where he was the Case Manager for the Deutsche Börse/NYSE Euronext case. He was previously the Case Manager for the Commission’s Intel and Rambus cases and a Case Officer on the Commission’s Microsoft case.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:30.

Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €10 to cover the cost of the lunch.

The event is approved for 2 CLE credit for the Italian bar association.

Please confirm your attendance at antitrustitalia@antitrustitalia.itas soon as possible.

In order to ensure access to Madou Tower the day of the event, all attendees that are non-EU officials will be required to provide the date of birth and ID number together with their confirmation of attendance. Please provide date of birth and ID number when confirming your attendance.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will not notify the cancellation by Sunday 26 October, there will be a fee of €10 to be paid via bank transfer in order to cover the cost of the lunch.

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