Queen Mary University of London Paris LLM - Legal and Technical Standards in the Global “Smartphone Wars” Lecture March 8, 2017

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Legal and Technical Standards in the Global “Smartphone Wars”

We are delighted to announce the Centre for Commercial Law Studies' Spring Intellectual Property lecture by Dan L. Burk, Chancellor's Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine.


Patents have become a lightning rod for controversy in the communications and information technology sectors.  The technical requirements of interoperability and standardization create an environment where standard essential patents may contribute to royalty stacking and monopolization.  This has produced an ongoing series of international legal clashes among manufacturers of hand-held devices, often dubbed the “smartphone wars.”  In this lecture, Professor Burk will discuss the judicial approaches to such standard essential patents on each side of the Atlantic, explaining and comparing the radically different approaches to resolving the smartphone wars.

Date:                 Wednesday 8 March 2017
Time:                 18h
Location:           Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, 9 - 11 rue de Constantine, Paris 7e
There is no fee to attend


About the Speaker 

Dan L. Burk is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a founding member of the law faculty. An internationally prominent authority on issues related to high technology, he lectures, teaches, and writes in the areas of patent, copyright, electronic commerce, and biotechnology law. He is the author of numerous papers on the legal and societal impact of new technologies, including articles on scientific misconduct, on the regulation of biotechnology, and on the intellectual property implications of global computer networks. He is the co-author, together with Mark A. Lemley of Stanford University, of The Patent Crisis and How the Courts Can Solve It, published by University of Chicago Press.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Irvine he held the Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly Professorship at the University of Minnesota. He has taught intellectual property at a variety of other universities including Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Toronto, Tilburg University, and University of Haifa. He was a 2011 Fulbright Scholar in Munich at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law, studying German and European Union biotechnology patenting. He was also the 2015 recipient of a Leverhulme Trust professorship to the London School of Economics, where he delivered the Leverhulme lectures on “Biotechnology and Software Patents in the Innovation Economy.”

Professor Burk holds a B.S. in Microbiology (1985) from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1987) from Northwestern University, a J.D. (1990) from Arizona State University, and a J.S.M. (1994) from Stanford University. He has served as a legal advisor to a variety of private, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union Committee on Patent Policy and the OECD Committee on Consumer Protection.


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