Mario A. Lopez
Dr. Mario A. Lopez is an expert in the application of rigorous economic methods to intellectual property and antitrust matters. He regularly addresses intellectual property issues in litigation matters, including determining reasonable royalty and lost profits damages in patent infringement disputes.
Dr. Lopez has provided expert testimony on patent infringement cases in US district courts, the US International Trade Commission, and internationally. He has also advised on patent and standard essential patent disputes in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, India, and China. His industry expertise includes telecommunications and cellular, pharmaceuticals and biotech, and computer software and hardware.
He has been involved in several high-profile disputes involving fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) cases including Ericsson v. D-Link, Innovatio, Realtek v. LSI Corporation, and TCL Communications v. Ericsson. He co-authored a paper published in Antitrust, outlining methodologies for determining FRAND royalty rates. Another paper analyzing court-determined FRAND royalty rates was recognized by Concurrences in 2019 as best business article in the category of intellectual property. He has valued patent rights related to several technical standards, including cellular (2G GSM, 3G-WCDMA and CDMA, and 4G-LTE), Wi-Fi (802.11), AAC, H.264, HEVC (H.265), AMR-WB/EVS and MoCa standards, among others.
Dr. Lopez regularly advises both manufacturers and patent holders in licensing negotiations over royalties. He is an expert in the economic valuations of patents and other forms of intangible assets. He has written articles and given presentations on economic approaches to licensing negotiations, the valuation of intellectual property, and economic issues that arise in ITC proceedings.
In antitrust, Dr. Lopez develops and applies econometric models to assess damages in price fixing and monopolization allegations. He has analyzed a variety of antitrust issues such as calculating overcharge due to an alleged conspiracy, and assessing competitive effects of credit card company practices.
PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley