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The rising technological advancements have led President Biden’s administration to continuously rethink and reshape its patent-related efforts. Among its initiatives is the review and revamp of the standard-essential patent (SEP) licensing regulation – a step that would amend the 2019 guidance, particularly on concerns related to the issuance of injunctive relief in SEP cases and the proposed recommendations for alleged misconduct.

Listen as experienced patent litigators Brian R. Nester (Covington & Burling LLP) and William Wray (Allen & Overy LLP) provide an in-depth discussion of the latest trends and developments surrounding standard-essential patents (SEP). Speakers will also provide the audience with practical litigation strategies in this rapidly evolving legal climate.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Standard-Essential Patents: Latest Updates
  • SEP Licensing Under Biden’s Administration
  • Demystifying the New SEP Draft Policy
  • Exploring Effective Litigation Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

LIVE Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of patent laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Brian R. Nester, Partner
Covington & Burling LLP

Brian Nester is a first-chair trial litigator with extensive experience litigating before the U.S. International Trade Commission and district courts throughout the country on both patent and trade secrets issues.

Brian has tried more than 20 matters to successful conclusion, including many “bet the company” cases. He represents world leading technology clients, including SK hynix, Microsoft, Nokia, Alibaba, Research in Motion, Samsung, LGE, Seagate, Intel, ASUS, Tyco, and other major computer manufacturers.

William Wray, Senior Counsel
Allen & Overy LLP

Will is a litigator in the Intellectual Property practice of Allen & Overy’s Silicon Valley office. He represents businesses in an array of intellectual property disputes, including high tech patent and trade secret litigation for Fortune 10 companies. Will is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, a Certified Information Privacy Technologist, and has experience litigating data privacy, GDPR, and cybersecurity matters in federal court.


Brian R. Nester, Partner

Covington & Burling LLP


William Wray, Senior Counsel

Allen & Overy LLP
  • Quick Refresher on SEP and FRAND
  • HTC v. Ericsson (Fifth Circuit, August 2021)
  • Continental Auto v. Avanci (Fifth Circuit, February 2022)
  • SEPs and Politics


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Who Should Attend:

  • Patent Attorneys and Consultants
  • Patent Agents
  • Brand Managers
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers & Consultants
  • General Counsel


Brian R. NesterPartner
Covington & Burling LLP
William WraySenior Counsel
Allen & Overy LLP



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