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Monday, September 13, 2010

The Pros and Cons of Standard Setting

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The Swedish Competition Authority is hosting a conference on The Pros and Cons of Standard Setting.

Pros and Cons 2010

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We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which is open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.

Seminar in Stockholm on November 12

This year, the theme for the seminar is "The Pros and Cons of Standard Setting". As in previous years we will arrange a seminar in Stockholm on November 12 where the contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will be the discussants.

Programme, Friday 12 November

8.30 Registration and coffee
9.00 Introduction by Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Swedish Competition Authority
9.10 Introduction by the moderator: Svend Albeak
9.20 Tineke M. Egyedi: On the Implications of Competing Standards.
Discussant: Jörg Nothdurft.
10.20 Coffee
10.50 Klaus M. Schmidt: On Standard Setting and the Incentives to Invest.
Discussant: Laure Durand-Viel. 
11.50 Anne Layne-Farrar: Business Models and Standard Setting Process.
Discussant: Jan Kees Winters
12.50 Lunch
14.00 Richard J. Gilbert: FRAND commitments v. ex ante disclosures of licensing terms. 
Discussant: Juan Delgado
15.00 Coffee 
15.30 Damien Geradin: On the risk of "reverse hold ups"
Discussant: Peter Freeman
16.30 Closing of seminar

Each speaker has 35 minutes for their presentations; the discussants have 15 minutes each, leaving 10 minutes for general discussion.


The seminar venue is World Trade Center Stockholm, directly adjacent to Arlanda Express, the express rail link with Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The conference venue is marked by red dot.


Tineke M. Egyedi, Delft University of Technology
Damien Geradin, Tilburg University
Richard J. Gilbert, UC Berkeley
Anne Layne-Farrar, LECG Consulting Chicago
Klaus M. Schmidt, University of Munich

We have the pleasure of announcing that the following senior officials will comment on the presentations:

Juan Delgado, National Competition Commission, Spain
Peter Freeman, Competition Commission, United Kingdom
Jörg Nothdurft, Bundeskartellamt
Jan Kees Winters, Netherlands Competition Authority
Laure Durand-Viel, French Competition Authority

Moderator of the seminar will be Svend Albaek, DG Competition.


We need your registration at the latest on the 8th of October 2010. Please register here.

All matters regarding registration and accommodation are handled by

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our head of the organizing committee Arvid Fredenberg at .

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