Standard essential patent and Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing: The interplay between IP, competition and contract law

CEIPI is pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the advanced training programme “Standard Essential Patent and Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) Licensing: The interplay between IP, competition and contract law” will take place in a hybrid format on 24, 25 and 26 March 2022.


This training programme is aimed at professionals and entrepreneurs in the digital and electronics, automotive, health and energy sectors, lawyers, decision-makers, judges and students.


The seminar is addressed to IP professionals and students.

Teaching language: English.

Educational objectives

The training seminar “SEPs and FRAND licensing : the interplay between IP, competition and contract law“ aims to provide professionals and generally IP enthusiasts with the keys to understanding the legal issues related to SEPs and FRAND licensing and address the many challenges faced in real-life practice, whether as an SEP holder or as a standards implementer.

Telecommunications standards are at the core of the digitalization and globalization of the world, enabling a widespread interoperability of devices to the benefit of consumers. With the development of the Internet of Things and with connectivity features driving industry and consumer demand, more and more sectors (digital and electronic, automotive, healthcare, energy) require interoperable solutions based on standard-essential patents (SEPs).

SEPs are patents necessarily implemented in standard-compliant products. If SEPs owners generally pledge to grant licenses on FRAND terms (i.e. Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory), a lot of uncertainties remain as to how and to whom they should be licensed, generating complex and high profile litigation in multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Licensing terms on SEPs are at the crossroads of IP, competition and contract law, crystallizing the tension between the goals of standardization and the private exclusive rights and legal monopolies resulting from patents.


  • Standardisation and essential patents
  • Presentation of EU competition rules
  • SEPs and competition rules – General issues
  • SEP and competition rules – Huawei/ZTE decision and application
  • What is FRAND?
  • Litigating SEPs: Obligations and strategies
  • Litigating SEPs: View from judges
  • The view from Standard-Setting Organizations
  • The view from Competition Authorities
  • Licensing SEPs: determine the FRAND rate
  • Licensing and litigating SEPs: the view of SEP owners
  • Licensing and litigating SEPs: the view of implementers
  • The future of SEPs - practical case

To download the brochure, click here.

Course materials

The speakers’ presentations and other materials will be available online.

Type of training and certification

  • No exams, an attendance certificate will be issued.
  • An evaluation questionnaire will be distributed at the end of the course in order to measure client satisfaction.

Registration fees


  • 1 600 € TTC early bird (continuous training) for registrations until 4 March 2022
  • 1 800 € TTC (continuous training) for all registrations from 5 March 2022


  • 500 € TTC* (Initial training)

* subject to validation by the university authorities


The training Seminar lasts 2 days and a half.

Timetable (indicative)


Thursday & Friday: 09h30-18h00 / Saturday 09h30-14h00


Hybrid format: participants can follow the seminar online via Zoom or on-site in Strasbourg.

Head of studies

Pauline Debré, IP Partner, Linklaters, Paris.

Nicolas Ereseo, Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg.

Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, Director General and Director of the French Section of CEIPI.

Information and registration

 Registration is now closed

 The registration documents:

 Please send us one of the four following forms, depending on your situation:

         * The Agreement if you work outside of France

         * The convention de formation professionnelle if you work in France and your company pays for your training

         * The contrat de formation professionnelle if you work in France and you pay for your training yourself

         * The Student Agreement if you are studying

Don't forget to name all your documents with your name first (example: Smith-Application form; Smith_CV etc.)

Find all the information regarding the diploma by clicking on this link.

For any other administrative or academic information, please send an email to: frand-seminar[at]

The candidates who sent a pre-registration form must complete there application by sending one of the registration forms here above and the supporting documents needed.


Intellectual property Law