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 and WCDMA patent portfolio in the industry. And we expect to maintain this leading position beyond 2G and 3G standards. For the 3GPP LTE standard, for example, we expect to hold some 25 percent of essential patents, making us the largest single holder.
At Ericsson, we are committed to making those patents that are essential for developing standards widely available via licensing. Through Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing, ...
Through technology licensing we provide specifications to proprietary technologies such as different interfaces. These specifications are offered as a subscription, which allows for regular ...
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