Dec. 30, 2022
Recently, Huawei announced that it would renew the patent license agreement with Nokia, which is subject to confidentiality provisions and cross licensing provisions will not be further disclosed.
As we all know, Huawei and Nokia are important contributors to telecom standards in the ICT field. Among them, Huawei is the largest telecom equipment manufacturer in the world. At present, it has about 10% of 4G patents, about 20% of 5G, Wi Fi 6 and H.266 patents, about 30% of OTN and 10G PON patents, and about 20% of IETF patents.
Nokia is one of the leading manufacturers in cellular networks, optical terminals, fixed wireless access and other fields. In terms of 5G only, according to the 5G technology patent competition report released by IPlytics, Nokia ranked fifth in the number of patents applied by the European Patent Office (EPO) or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) every year since 2015 and by April 30, 2022.
From a global perspective, with the transformation from 4G to 5G and the combination of ICT industry and digital transformation, the competition and cooperation between enterprises has entered a new stage. Patent wars, cross agreements and patent renewals are more intensive. Large enterprises also often adopt cross licensing.
Not long ago, on December 9, Huawei and OPPO announced the signing of a global patent cross licensing agreement, which covers the basic patents of cellular communication standards, including 5G standards.
On December 11, Ericsson announced that it had reached a multi-year global patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement includes cross licensing of necessary technical patents related to cellular standards and licensing of some other patent rights.
The digital transformation makes the ICT industry face huge development opportunities. For the mainstream platform technical standards, the efforts of the entire industry are required. More and more enterprises mutually recognize the value of intellectual property, which is conducive to continuously promoting and attracting more industry participants to invest in R&D innovation, and improving the sustainable innovation capability of the entire industry.