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- 2G & 3G Patent Landscape
- Analysis of 2G & 3G Patents - Top Patent Holders
- Key Players in 2G & 3G Patent Landscape - Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Alcatel-Lucent, Samsung
- Monetization of 2G & 3G Patents - Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) with Strong Patents
- Seminal & Standard Essential Patents
- Potential Licensing & Litigation
Emerging technologies such as 4G-LTE, attract the lion’s share of industry and media attention. However, 2G and 3G wireless networks remain highly relevant, currently supporting over 80% of all mobile phone activity.
Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent are among those who developed the building blocks of today’s wireless world. They collectively control the majority of all patents in the 2G and 3G space. Nokia, LG and Qualcomm alone own more than 43 percent of all seminal, or strong, patents. The playing field has evolved dramatically in recent years, edging these brands to slowly fade from the minds of consumers. However, they will continue to exert an outside influence on current market leaders such as Apple, Google and Samsung – who control today’s mobile device and handset ecosystem.
2G and 3G technology patents have been at the crux of ongoing patent wars and they will fuel a significant escalation in activity during the next five years, even as top patent holders seek to monetize their portfolios through aggressive licensing and litigation strategies. Leading patent holders have already launched initiatives against major competitors, with some having sold patent rights to SMEs and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs). It is highly likely, given the increasing pressure on these companies to generate revenue, that many will become more aggressive by entering into new agreements with “patent privateers” to monetize their assets. The result will be a measurable increase in litigation and licensing.
The report explores key 2G and 3G patent holders, providing details on the number and category of overall, standard essential and seminal patents. It also delves into SMEs and PAEs that control a large percentage of seminal and standard essential patents. Nearly nine percent of seminal 2G and 3G patents are currently held by SMEs and PAEs, and approximately five percent of all standard essential patents for 2G and 3G are held by two companies - Innovative Sonic Ltd and Vringo. This report also reveals that certain small companies key 2G and 3G patents have remarkably high patent monetization potential.