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Licensing under FRAND terms

We are part of a thriving ecosystem of innovators that provides others with access to our technology. Our objective is to allow the world to benefit from our cutting-edge innovations, constantly pushing the curve of what the industry can do.

Getting a fair return on our R&D investment when another company uses our standardized technology means we can keep investing in research and bring out new ideas, new standards, and new platforms for the benefit of all. That is why Ericsson strongly believes in fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms, which support ‘deep standardization’ and allow for scalable manufacturing, thereby lower prices for consumers.

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Why the telecoms industry is different

In contrast to some industries where patents are primarily used to exclude other companies from a market, patents play an active role in developing the telecommunications industry through standardization and licensing. Members of standardization bodies, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), voluntarily commit to license any essential patents they hold on FRAND licensing terms.

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What is FRAND licensing?

Ericsson supports licensing on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms, known as FRAND, ensuring a healthy ecosystem for the future. FRAND licensing has an established history of global market success because innovative companies that are compensated through patent royalties are then able to re-invest in the next generation of technology, unlocking the latest digital experiences for us all to enjoy. 

Fair access

Anyone can access our technologies at a fair and reasonable rate, and this is at the heart of how Ericsson licenses its patents. Here we take a closer look at FRAND licensing.

Collaborate, share, inform

When companies come together in mutual trust to exchange ideas, FRAND licensing is key to making this happen.

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