The International Telecommunication Union is planning on hosting a "patent roundtable" on October 10th in Geneva, where it hopes that major industry players can have an open discussion on all of the patent lawuits going on around the world. The main focus will be Fair Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) issues, getting into the nitty-gritty of what actually does and does not constitute FRAND and whether litigating with said patents makes sense. It's a contentious issue for sure, with the FTC in the US reportedly pursuing an investigation along similar lines as well as an antitrust probe in Europe

The ITU's Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré, complained about the current situation and expressed a bit of hope concerning the panel's prospects for finding resolution:

We are seeing an unwelcome trend in today’s marketplace to use standards-essential patents to block markets. There needs to be an urgent review of this situation: patents are meant to encourage innovation, not stifle it. Acknowledging patent holders and user requirements, as well as market needs, is a balancing act. This timely multi-stakeholder roundtable will help press for a resolution on some of the critical issues.

However, it's not known yet who will actually participate in the roundtable and, more to the point, whether the UN organization will actually be able to come to any consensus on these issues — much less enforce anything.