In most industries, patents are primarily used to protect an invention from use by competitors. In the telecom industry, this is not always the case; patents play an active role in advancing technology through standardization and licensing. At Ericsson, we are committed to making those patents that are essential for developing standards widely available via licensing.
This benefits established companies, while also enabling new enterprises to enter the telecom market.
We are also committed to – and strong advocates for – ensuring that licenses are available on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms that compensate the companies that invest in developing standards.
During negotiations for our licensing programs, the potential licensee has the opportunity to validate the basis on which we claim that a patent is essential. More than a decade of such negotiations, with over 100 companies, confirms that we have the strongest GSM, WCDMA and LTE patent portfolio in the industry. And we expect to maintain this leading position beyond 2G, 3G and 4G standards. For the 3GPP LTE standard (4G), Ericsson is the single largest contributor of approved LTE submissions through June 2014 (please see report from Signals Research).
At Ericsson, we are committed to making those patents that are essential to standards widely available via licensing. Through Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (F/RAND) licensing, we give ...
Through technology licensing we provide specifications to proprietary technologies such as different interfaces. These specifications are offered and allow for regular updates and could include ...
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