15 November, 10:00 - 18:00 CET | The Hotel, Brussels


10:00 Welcome Remarks

  • Ief Daems, FSA Chair

10:05 Regulatory Take – Policy on SEP Licensing in the Making

  • Anne von Zukowski, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Hanna Anttilainen, DG COMP, European Commission
  • David George, UK Competition and Markets Authority

Moderator: Lewis Crofts, MLex

11:00 Which Role is for Competition Law in SEP Licensing

  • Nicholas Banasevic, Gibson Dunn
  • Alfonso Lamadrid, Garrigues, College of Europe

Moderator: Evelina Kurgonaite, FSA Secretary General

11:35 Coffee Break

11:55 Fireside Chat with Ian Forrester KC, Former Judge at the General Court of the EU

Moderator: Evelina Kurgonaite, FSA Secretary General

12:25 Lunch

13:45 Fireside Chat on SEP Licensing in Europe with Dr Benno Buehler, CRA

Moderator: Rory O’Neill, ManagingIP

14:30 Address by Honourable Mr Justice Marcus Smith, UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

Moderator: Robert Pocknell, FSA Board Member, N&M Consultancy

15:00 SEP Licensing in Practice: Facing Business Realities

  • Ana-Mariya Madzhurova, Fairphone
  • Rebekka Porath, Intel
  • Nils Ekström, Volvo
  • Martin Ekelund, Nordic Semiconductor

Moderator: Ief Daems, FSA Chair

16:10 Coffee Break

16:30 SEP Licensing Policy in the Making – Industry Take

  • Mariola Hauke, CLEPA
  • Mark Greven, ACEA
  • Claire Grossmann, ESMIG

Moderator: Alexander Prenter, FSA Senior Policy Adviser

17:20 Address by  Judge Nathalie Sabotier, French Supreme Court

17:50 Closing Remarks

  • Evelina Kurgonaite, FSA Secretary General

18:00 Friends of FRAND Awards & Drinks

Nathalie Sabotier

Justice at the French Supreme Court. Ms Sabotier has been a civil judge for over 25 years. Until recently, she was the presiding judge at the 3rd Chamber of the High Court, the Chamber specialised in IP law. Before her appointment to the High Court, Ms Sabotier was a referendary judge at the Cour de Cassation. She holds a “DEA” degree in private property law from the Sorbonne University – Paris I.


The Honourable Mr Justice Marcus Smith

President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal since November 2021. Sir Marcus Smith was called to the Bar in 1991 and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2010. He was appointed as a Chair at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2009. He became a High Court Judge (Chancery Division) in January 2017. He is authorised to sit as a judge of Financial List and of the Patents Court, and sits additionally in the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery) and the Administrative Court. Between 2019 and 2021, Sir Marcus Smith was the Supervising Judge for the Business and Property Courts of the Midland and Western Circuits and Wales.

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Ian Forrester, KC

Ian Forrester, KC is a former judge in the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). He served from 7 October 2015 to 31 January 2020. Prior to being appointed to the General Court, he practiced as a barrister in Scotland (with Maclay, Murray & Spens), and New York (with Davis Polk & Wardwell) until 1972, following which he appeared before the CJEU in Brussels and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He subsequently established Forrester & Norall, which merged with White & Case in 1997. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. Arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); author of numerous publications.

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Hanna Anttilainen

Hanna Anttilainen is a Deputy Director at the European Commission’s DG COMP who leads Unit C1, which deals with SEP-related antitrust cases, and which has been closely involved in the work on the revision of the standardisation chapter in the Horizontal Guidelines. Hanna has over 20 years of experience in competition law. She has worked for the European Commission since 2011 Prior to joining DG COMP, she worked for nearly 13 years in Brussels in private practice in the area of competition law. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of Helsinki University in 1998 with a Master’s degree.

Anne Von

Anne von Zukowski

Legal and Policy Affairs Officer at the European Commission’s DG GROW C4 Unit (Intangible economy). Anne joined the European Commission in 2011 and has spent almost a decade working on intellectual property policy, including on standard essential patent licensing. Anne holds degrees from the Université Montpellier I and Paris X; she also studied at the University of Potsdam.


Nicholas Banasevic

Nicholas Banasevic is a Managing Director at Gibson Dunn Brussels office. Until recently, he served as Acting Director at the European Commission’s DG Competition (DG COMP). In 20+ years at DG COMP, Nicholas led many high-profile antitrust investigations, particularly in digital and ICT markets. He also worked on virtually all SEP-related antitrust matters for the last two decades, including probes into Samsung and Motorola on the use of injunctions that subsequently led to the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in Huawei v ZTE; also on earlier cases, e.g. Rambus etc.


Alfonso Lamadrid

Alfonso Lamadrid is the head of Garrigues Brussels office and a member of the firm’s EU & Competition practice. He has a vast litigation experience, having represented clients in over 75 cases before the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He is Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), director of the EU and Spanish Competition Law Course at the IEB (Madrid), Visiting professor at the Brussels School of Competition (Brussels), and has lectured at several national and international universities and institutions , including Harvard Law School, the European University Institute, the Academy of European Law, the London School of Economics, the Global Competition Law Centre, the European Association of Competition Law Judges, etc. Alfonso is the author of the specialist EU competition law blog www.chillingcompetition.com.


Benno Buehler

Vice President at Charles River Associates. Previously, he was a senior member of the Chief Economist Team of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP). He started his career at an international management consultancy. With over a decade of competition policy experience, Benno did the economic analysis in a number of antitrust matters such as the Samsung and Motorola standard essential patent cases. He also shaped DG COMP’s economic assessment in several high profile horizontal and non-horizontal mergers, such as Qualcomm/NXP, Google/Motorola and others. He was also involved in a number of policy initiatives such as DG COMP’s review of the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation. His experience covers a wide range of sectors, including high-tech, (mobile) telecommunications and broadband. His academic work has been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Industrial Economics and the European Economic Review. Benno holds a PhD in Applied Microeconomics jointly from the University of Toulouse and from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.


Mariola Hauke

Senior Legal Manager at CLEPA. Mariola is a qualified lawyer with an over 15 years’ experience in the EU domain, she managed to get an in-depth knowledge of the EU, its structures, and decision-making processes. Prior to joining CLEPA, Mariola was working in the European Parliament, thanks to that position she possesses an excellent comprehension and familiarity with a variety of the European matters.  At CLEPA during several years as Technical Manager Mariola was in charge of environmental and safety topics. Now as Senior Legal Manager, her scope includes among others intellectual property rights, liability of products, Artificial Intelligence, compliance and antitrust legislation.


Ana-Mariya Madzhurova

Legal Counsel at Fairphone, a Dutch social enterprise which is a front-runner for sustainable technology and scalable impact solutions to trigger higher transparency, social and environmental performance in the industry. The scope of her work includes; corporate governance, regulatory compliance, GDPR and privacy, due diligence and intellectual property. Ana-Mariya holds degrees from Maastricht University in European Law and Globalization and Laws (specialisations Corporate and Commercial). 

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Nils Ekström

Nils Ekström, M. Sc Applied Physics, LL.M, is a European patent attorney with over 30 years’ of experience. For the last decade, Nils has worked at AB Volvo dealing with third party matters, including enforcement and defense, assisting with IP matters in M&A’s, collaborations, sourcing, technology licensing as well as tackling issues related to SEP licensing. He previously spent 13 years at patent law where he gained extensive practical experience of patent prosecution across various industries and technologies including automotive, household electronics, hygiene products, etc. He also held positions at the Swedish Association for Patent Attorneys (SPOF) and European Patent Institute, epi assisting with inputs in relation to legislative proposals etc. He had previously spent six years at then a small patent department of AB Volvo working on capturing innovation and leading prosecution of the portfolio. Nils started his career within the IP domain as an examiner at the Swedish patent office first in the field of mechanics with a shift to the area of electronics as a consequence of the fast expansion in the telecom domain.


Marc Greven

Legal Affairs Director of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Brussels-based trade association that represents the common interests of the European motor vehicle manufacturers with the EU institutions. His work involves the permanent monitoring of the EU regulatory framework and public policy measures affecting the automobile sector in Europe. His responsibilities include competition law, intellectual property rights, and consumer law as well as internal compliance. He holds law degrees from the University of Leuven and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.


Evelina Kurgonaitė

Evelina Kurgonaitė-Swoboda is the Secretary General at the Fair Standards Alliance. She previously served as Head of Policy Strategy and Legal Counsel at Samsung Electronics in Brussels. Evelina has some 18 years of experience in EU & competition law and public affairs. Having spent seven years in private practice – including at Sidley Austin and Morrison Foerster – Evelina established and managed the European arm of global news service PaRR, part of the Financial Times group at the time. Evelina holds LL.M from Helsinki University and MA from King‘s College London. Evelina is the founder and chair of Women AT (W@) – a platform that connects and promotes women professionals around the world.