The SEP Couch with Tim Pohlman


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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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