Meet the Arbitrator

Carter Eltzroth
Washington, DC

Arbitrator.  Carter Eltzroth is an arbitrator named by the World Intellectual Property Organization, notably on the adjudication of disputes covering standard essential patents. For over 25 years, his focus has been in digital media technology, notably digital video broadcasting, pay media services and related fields.

Experience.  After serving as law clerk in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Chicago), Carter joined Shearman & Sterling in New York. He has been outside and general counsel to pay media technology companies in Brussels, and founded and led the Association européenne pour la protection des oeuvres et services cryptés, an antipiracy association. He has served for 15 years as part-time Legal Director of the DVB Project, a standards development organisation in Geneva. In the United States, Carter is Managing Director of, focused on complex intellectual property licensing structures and on dispute resolution, where his clients have included the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.

Within DVB and for WIPO, Carter has promoted the use of arbitration and other forms of ADR to resolve disputes relating to standard essential patents.

Education.  Carter has degrees from Oxford and Columbia, and a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was Teaching Fellow and International Fellow. He speaks French.

Author/presenter. Carter has written and presented extensively on standard essential patents, including the arbitration of IPR disputes required within the DVB Project. He recently authored Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes in the International Bar Association publication, Arbitration News (February 2014). A selection of his recent publications is available at

Recognition. Carter is adjunct professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, where he has taught Intellectual Property and Standards Development. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has served on advisory boards, including Telia Sonera and the International Intellectual Property Institute, and is a voting member of the IPR Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute.

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