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Niklas  Ostman

Niklas Ostman

Microsoft Corporation
Senior Director of Licensing, IPG Licensing and Law
Redmond, WA, USA


Niklas Östman is Senior Director of Licensing at Microsoft Corporation. In 1999, he received a degree corresponding to a US J.D. degree from the University of Helsinki in Finland. He is admitted to the Finnish Bar Association. Before joining Microsoft in 2012, he was the Head of Patent Licensing for Nokia Corporation playing a central role in creating the largest patent licensing program ever by a European company, mainly around standard essential patents. Earlier in his career, he has also been a partner at a top Nordic law firm. Regarding patent licensing specifically, he has negotiated hundreds of patent licenses ranging from multi-billion dollar deals to royalty free ones and from those covering one patent only to those covering up to 460.000 patents globally. As to patent litigation, he has been involved in patent lawsuits in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, US (TX, VA, CA, WI, DE and US ITC), South Korea, Taiwan as well as in China (Beijing and Shanghai). He has also acted as a trial counsel in patent cases in Finland obtaining several land mark decisions on issues such as the doctrine of equivalence (non-literal infringement), availability of preliminary injunctions and patents for biochemical synthesis routes. As to standard essential patents in particular, he has participated in 100+ lawsuits globally involving essential patents, dozens of patent pools, several anti-trust efforts involving essential patents and also has extensive experience regarding the licensing thereof while having to balance between, on one hand, being the licensor for one of the strongest portfolios in the industry and, on the other hand, being a licensee having to clear IP rights for the sales of up to 500.000.000 cellular devices annually.

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