Broadcast Date: Tuesday, March 03, 2020
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)



In order to prevent patent-licensing problems, standard-setting organizations (SSOs) have created fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms to ensure that standard-essential patent (SEP) owners will get patent benefits without unfair bargaining. Earlier this year, as patent holders are generally free to charge the users of their patents, the developers of technical standards have agreed to license the former’s SEPs to manufacturers of standardized products at royalty rates that are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

However, as FRAND commitment arises as a contractual obligation, determining the appropriate FRAND royalty rate for an SEP has become a challenging task. Although courts, policymakers, academics, and SSOs have been attempting to affirm the concept of FRAND and the determination of a FRAND royalty, there has been no general set of common principles that have been agreed upon. Thus, creating a more complex industry for SEP owners and businesses.

In this LIVE Webcast, intellectual property (IP) professionals, Matthew Lynde (Cornerstone Research) and Mario Lopez (Charles River Associates) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in determining FRAND royalties for SEPs. As experts, they will also present important issues surrounding this significant topic including the recent FRAND court rulings and the best practices along with significant outlooks on what to expect in this rapidly evolving legal climate.

Key topics include:

  • FRAND Royalties – What You Need To Know
  • Recent Trends and Developments
  • Challenges in Determining FRAND Royalties
  • Recent Notable Cases
  • Best Practices
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE); Group-Internet Based



General knowledge of patent laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


NASBA Field of Study:

Business Law - Technical


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

1.5 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credits)

Speaker Panel:

Matthew Lynde, Senior Vice President
Cornerstone Research

Mathew R. Lynde leads the intellectual property practice at Cornerstone Research. Dr. Lynde’s expert testimony has been accepted in domestic and international courts, tribunals, and arbitration panels in more than sixty-five instances; his work as a consultant and educator spans a range of IP portfolio and valuation issues. In Microsoft v. Motorola, Dr. Lynde calculated reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) royalties in the first bench trail to set a RAND range for standard essential patents.

Dr. Lynde has testified in several other significant cases involving the high-tech, medical, and life sciences industries. In addition to intellectual property, he works in antitrust and competition, securities, and breach of contract matters.

Dr. Lynde’s has more than thirty-five years of experience as an applied economist in government, academia, and business. Prior to joining Cornerstone Research, he was a professor at City University of New York and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, heading up its Silicon Valley intellectual property practice.

Mario A. Lopez, Vice President
Charles River Associates

Dr. Mario A. Lopez is a vice president in the Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice of CRA. Dr. Lopez has provided expert testimony on patent infringement cases in US district courts, the US International Trade Commission, and internationally. He has also advised on patent and standard essential patent disputes in the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, India, and China.

He has been involved in several high-profile disputes involving fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) cases including Ericsson v. D-Link, Innovatio, Realtek v. LSI Corporation, and TCL Communications v. Ericsson.  Dr. Lopez also regularly advises both manufacturers and patent holders in licensing negotiations over royalties.

He co-authored a paper published in Antitrust, outlining methodologies for determining FRAND royalty rates. He has written articles and given presentations on economic approaches to licensing negotiations, the valuation of intellectual property, and economic issues that arise in ITC proceedings.

He has valued patent rights related to several technical standards, including cellular (2G GSM, 3G-WCDMA and CDMA, and 4G-LTE), Wi-Fi (802.11), AAC, H.264, HEVC (H.265), AMR-WB/EVS and MoCa standards, among others.


Matthew LyndeSenior Vice President

Cornerstone Research

  • F/RAND Compliant Reasonable Royalties
  • Measuring and Enforcing F/RAND Compliance
  • Methods and Evidence for Determining F/RAND royalties
  • Cases and Issues
    • Microsoft v Motorola Mobility
    • HTC v. Ericsson
    • FTC v. Qualcomm
    • In re Innovatio
    • D-Link v. Ericsson
    • Core Wireless v. Apple
    • Huawei v. ZTE (CJEU)
    • Interdigital v Huawei (CN)
    • Unwired Planet v Huawei (London High Court)
    • TCL v. Ericsson
  • Apple’s Statement on F/RAND Licensing

Mario A. LopezVice President

Charles River Associates

  • Economic benchmark for FRAND royalty rates
  • Offers and counteroffers: negotiating licenses under uncertainty and asymmetric information
  • Approaches for determining FRAND royalty rates
  • Evaluating claims of holdup
  • Evaluating claims of hold-out

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Patent Lawyers and Consultants
  • SEP Owners
  • Potential SEP Licensees
  • In-house counsels
  • Valuators
  • Appraisers
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Matthew LyndeSenior Vice President
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Mario A. LopezVice President
Charles River Associates



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