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Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Ericsson is a leading innovator in telecommunications and has a strong commitment to R&D, with substantial contributions to various standards. It is Ericsson’s policy to protect and secure a fair return on its R&D investments by creating, securing, protecting and licensing a portfolio of patents in support of our overall business goals. As a result, Ericsson has one of the industry’s strongest intellectual property portfolios, which includes more than 42,000 granted patents worldwide covering 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.

Value of ICT standardization and IPR for the digital economy

ICT standardization is the only tool capable of enabling billions of interoperable and high performance, secure IoT devices, as well as revolutionary 5G applications such as self-driving cars and remote surgery. Standards are the engine of the digital economy, it is therefore important that incentives to innovate and contribute to open, standardized technology continue.

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FRAND licensing

Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms preserve a balanced system for standardizing essential technology. Companies which invest in R&D are able to receive a fair and timely return on their investment, and those implementing the technology can access the licensing.

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Standardization process

The need to ensure an open, transparent, consensus-based and balanced standardization framework to ensure the broadest possible base of companies contributing technology to standards and an even larger group of companies willing to implement them in their products.

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