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Inventors of the Year

The annual Ericsson Inventor of the Year award acknowledges the talent and hard work of those whose technology innovations enrich the company’s portfolio.

For 140 years, the ideas, technology and people of the company have created a monumental impact in many different ways and on many different levels. As a result, they have transformed lives, industries, and society as a whole.

Award-winning research

Find out about our three 2016 inventors of the year, what inspires them in their personal lives and how this connects to their work.

Read more about our latest winners

With over 45,000 granted patents worldwide, we are a leading patent holder in the wireless industry – which is made possible by our substantial investment in R&D and our creative inventors with an ability to think differently.

For over 20 years, our Inventor of the Year award has recognized the outstanding contributions of our inventors – highlighting the importance of patents and licensing in maintaining our position at the forefront of technological innovation.

Innovation is part of our DNA

Ericsson’s ideas, technology and people have made a monumental impact over the last 140 years, contributing to transforming lives, industries, and society as a whole. Ericsson R&D has enabled­­ many of the everyday activities you take for granted – such as Bluetooth, touchscreen scrolling and 4G/LTE technology – while ensuring other companies benefit from our technology innovations through fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principles. 

As we pave the road to 5G, our industry-leading innovators are driving us towards our vision of the networked society every day – and we strive to recognize, reward and invest in their valuable contributions to the future of communications.

Find out about our 2015 winners

Previous Inventors of the Year

John Diachina

John Diachina

The award is granted for his longstanding contribution of a wide range of inventions relating to GSM, WCDMA, LTE and WiFi (2015)

Magnus Stattin

Magnus Stattin

The award is granted for his inventions relating to Radio Network Architecture and Radio Network Protocols (2015)

Karl Norrman

Karl Norrman

The award is granted for his contributions to ensure Ericsson´s leading position in Security (2015)

Daniel Larsson

Daniel Larsson

Award granted for work as Technical Coordinator for the Standardization Team in 3GPP RAN WG1 (2014)

Gunnar Mildh

Gunnar Mildh

Award granted for work on Radio Network Architecture and Radio Network Protocol (2014)

Panagiotis Saltsidis

Panagiotis Saltsidis

Award granted for his inventions relating to Packet Networks and Ethernet Services (2014)

Thorsten Lohmar

Thorsten Lohmar

Award granted for media delivery work with m-peg broadcast (2013)

Fredrik Gunnarsson

Fredrik Gunnarsson

Award granted for work on smart network nodes (2013)

Rickard Sjöberg

Award granted for video compression (2013)

Henning Wiemann

Henning Wiemann

Award granted for work in LTE and LTE-Advanced (2012)

Thomas Cheng

Thomas Cheng

Award granted for work around channel coding and receiver algorithms (2011)

Muhammad Kazmi

Muhammad Kazmi

Award granted for radio resource management algorithms (2010)

Robert Baldemair

Robert Baldemair

Award granted for air interface design (2010)

Jacob Österling

Jacob Österling

Award granted for work on Ericsson’s RBS 6000 (2010)

Mats Näslund

Mats Näslund

Award granted for work in network security in LTE, IMS and fixed-mobile convergence (2009)