The SEP Couch with Tim Pohlman


Recent Episodes

January 17, 2024 The SEP Couch, Episode 7: Examining the U.S. Policy Perspective on SEPs

Jamie L. Simpson is the Chief Policy Officer and Counsel for the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) and has previously served as Chief Counsel for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and in various roles at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In the latest episode of The SEP Couch, Tim Pohlmann spoke with Simpson about  how IP is dealt with in the United States and, in particular, the topic of standard essential patents (SEPs), and explained that the situation is certainly more complicated than is appreciated from the outside.

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December 7, 2023 The SEP Couch: Sun Patent Trust’s Approach to Commercializing SEPs

Joe Casino is a partner and the Intellectual Property Chair at Wiggin and Dana and the Managing Trustee of Sun Patent Trust. Joe has been involved in licensing and patent enforcement for more than 25 years and is currently the Secretary for the Licensing Executives Society standard-setting program for developing an ANSI standard of best practices for licensing negotiations. In this episode of the SEP Couch podcast, Joe describes his extended experience in all aspects of intellectual property law and explains how standard essential patents (SEPs) cases are different from other patent cases.

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October 19, 2023 The SEP Couch: Avanci’s 5G Vehicle SEP Program

Laurie Fitzgerald brings over a decade’s worth of experience to the table in the realm of patent licensing and intellectual property. In her current capacity at Avanci Vehicle, she plays a pivotal role in spearheading the platform’s expansion, encompassing over 80 automotive brands and licensors responsible for a significant portion of 3G/4G/5G cellular Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). On this episode of The SEP Couch, we delve into the intricate details of the recently launched 5G Vehicle SEP Program by Avanci.

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July 21, 2023 The SEP Couch: Eli Mazour and the Art of SEP Claim Drafting

In the latest episode of The SEP Couch, Tim Pohlmann interviews Eli Mazour, a partner with Harrity & Harrity LLP and host of the Clause 8 podcast. With experience working alongside Qualcomm and other innovation leaders, Mazour navigates the difficulties inherent in standard essential patents and explores how companies on either side strive for change. He underscores the need to comprehend technology, beyond merely perusing patents and standards.

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June 12, 2023 The SEP Couch: SEPs and Brazilian Law

In this episode of The SEP Couch, Otto Licks and Roberto Rodrigues from Licks Attorneys share their experience with SEP litigation in Brazil, which is becoming a preferred venue for worldwide patent disputes because of its efficient decision-making, bifurcated system, and high-quality patents. Brazilian courts assume patents to be valid, and the number of SEPs that have been invalidated during litigation is very low. Patent holders must provide evidence of licensing negotiations before preliminary injunctions can be issued, but Brazilian courts do not determine a FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) rate. Brazil has never been involved in anti-suit injunctions in the past, and the courts consider the licensing negotiation track record in their decision making.

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June 3, 2023 The SEP Couch: ZTE’s Mang Zhu Talks SEP Portfolio Management

In this episode of The SEP Couch podcast, Tim Pohlmann, CEO and Founder of IPlytics, interviews Mang Zhu, who is Chief IP Strategy Officer and Head of Patent Asset Management for ZTE Corporation. Mang began her career at Motorola in 1994, and by 2003, after joining the IP team, she established a process that ensured the tracking of standardization activities during the patent prosecution process. Mang’s methodology was optimized at Motorola during the LTE development period and supported all of Motorola’s standards essential patent (SEP) licensing activities thereafter.

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About This Podcast

In the SEP Couch podcast, Tim Pohlmann, CEO and Founder of IPlytics, hosts discussions with industry leaders, academics and policy makers on current topics around standard essential patents (SEPs) and as they relate to FRAND, licensing, litigation, dealmaking, policy, and regulation as well as general trends for markets where SEPs matter. Invited guests are interviewed in a 45-minute podcast format expressing their personal views on topics under discussion among IP professionals when it comes to essential IP. This podcast encourages an open discussion format while it remains neutral to the controversial opinions and viewpoints of invited guests.

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