Yann Dietrich, IP & licensing

I am the General Counsel of LiMo Foundation, an industry consortium dedicated to creating the first truly open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices. Founded initially by Motorola, NEC, NTT Docomo, Panasonic, Samsung and Vodafone, most of the mobile industry leaders have joined or are joining this consortium.

During the last 10 years, being respectively the head of the legal dept of the France Telecom/Orange IP & licensing division, and EMEA Chief IP counsel for Intel, I developed a large expertise in Intellectual property:
- Patent licensing with the creation of several successful licensing programs related to wireless technologies
– Standardization with the creation of several industry initiatives (homegateway initiative, LiPS forum...), participation to the Board of OMA (Open Mobile Alliance), and recent contributions to the review of its IPR policy by ETSI
– Lobbying with his involvement in many European discussions about IPR as elected chairman of the IPR group of EICTA, the European ICT industry Trade association, and also chairing a sub-group of the ICT Task force created by the European Commission
– Open source being involved from 1999 to help a R&D public organization and then France Telecom/Orange to define their strategy in this field.

I am teaching IP and licensing in two French universities (Paris XIII faculty of economy / Paris Sud, Law faculty - Jean Monnet) and in UK as well. I am the author of several articles about IP/IT law (domain names, Y2K, antitrust law and distribution over Internet ) in different newspapers and law journals, such as Les Echos, Lamy droit de l'informatique...

Furthermore, I am very interested in new technologies, as a programmer when I was younger and now as an intensive users. I was one of the administrator of one of the most important website in French about IT law (http://www.juriscom.net),



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Patents and Standards in the Communication industry - London - Feb 2008

Global patent congress - Copenhagen - Sept 2007 - Patents vs. Trade secrets

EU ICT Task Force - chair of the sub-group Interop, Open source, standards and IPR - October 2006

© Yann Dietrich- 2000 - 2008 - tous droits réservés - dernière mise à jour le 20 juin 2008