Free online discussion: Do we need an IP Valuation? –
What Role and Purpose for IP Valuation?

What this Discussion is About:
In the landmark decision of Huawei v ZTE, the CJEU requests an adequate explanation for a licensing offer. This approach might differ from the historic practice of license negotiations, which by and large succeeded without IP valuation – an economic explanation of the IP‘s value. In the wake of Huawei v ZTE, the correct determination of a license rate has been the focal point of many SEP-disputes before state courts. In spite of that, IP valuation remains scarce. Hence the question, do we really need an IP Valuation? What role do IP Valuation methods play in IP transactions? Is there a need to value IP economically or can markets continue as before? What are the consequences of introducing an IP valuation in IP disputes before state courts?


Dr Matthias Zigann is Presiding Judge at the Regional Court Munich I. There he is heading the 7th (patent) division since December 2012. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the IP Dispute Resolution Forum.


Dr. Matthias Schneider is is chief licensing officer (patents) at Audi AG. He has been active in IP management and licensing for many years, working for companies such as Nokia or Siemens. He is an experienced IP licensing negotiator with a technical background in telecommunication,


Matthias will represent the historic practice of license negotiations.

Professor Roya Ghafele has been the Managing Director of OxFirst, a law and economics consultancy, since 2011. In addition, she is a Visiting Professor in IP law with Brunel University London. She previously worked as an Economist for WIPO, the OECD and McKinsey.


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