November 4th-5th, 2017
In India, the Information and Communication Technology sector plays a vital role in the growth of the economy. With the second largest consumer base, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives rely on the sector for its objective of enhancing digital literacy, improved connectivity and access to technology. As the Indian government continues to introduce economic programs, there has to be parallel focus from the government to harness the development of ICT sector in India and boost its global competitiveness. The sector however currently faces several challenges at both the global and national levels with respect to technical standard setting and licensing of patents in communications technology , factors critical to innovation in this industry.
This two-day Conference addressed some of these challenges by deliberating with all stakeholders about the way forward. JIRICO’s 3rd Conference focused on (but not limited to) the following critical themes-
THEME 1: INNOVATION FOR GLOBAL ECONOMY: POLICY CHALLENGES
The thrust of the current policy of the government in key sectors is to promote innovation and make India a global manufacturing hub. This session will deliberate on relevant policies pertaining to IPRs, competition and investment that play a key role in enhancing the innovation index of India and helping it realize its global aspirations.
THEME 2: INNOVATION IN THE ICT SECTOR
This session will highlight some current trends in the ICT sector pertaining to imports, taxation, manufacturing, licensing and R &D index of mobile phone companies in domestic markets. The aim is to critically reflect on such factors that have an impact on ease of doing business in India as well as the overall digital transformation experience of Indian consumers.
THEME 3: REFLECTIONS ON SSO IPR POLICIES
The IPR policies of Standard setting organizations play a pivotal role in regulating standardization. The evolution of standards in the light of improvement in technology too is affected by SSO rules governing IP rights. Over the last few years, the fixing of royalty base and others elements under FRAND terms has attracted significant debate giving rise to a need for re-examination of these rules by some. This session seeks to explore IPR policies of SSOs and how they influence innovation and competition in markets after standards are set.
THEME 4: PATENT DAMAGES IN SEP CASES AND COURT ADJUDICATION
The grant/denial of injunctions, award of enhanced damages, calculation of damages and other relevant issues have been central to the jurisprudence on patent remedies in SEP cases. This session will focus on patent damages in SEP cases and draw comparisons between courts that have adjudicated over such disputes across jurisdictions.
THEME 5: ROLE OF COMPETITION AGENCIES GLOBALLY: CONTEMPORARY CASES
While it is largely accepted that standardization has a significant role to play in the consumer market, a large number of these benefits may not get realized due to abusive conduct of parties (licensors and licensees) once the standards are set. Major corporations have of late come to face increased antitrust scrutiny regarding their licensing practices before various forums across the world. This session revisits the important contemporary questions and scepticism surrounding industry practices such as hold ups, reverse hold ups, anticompetitive acquisitions, royalty stacking, tying practices and others and how competition agencies have approached these issues across various jurisdictions at present.