Tuesday, May 12, 2009

3GPP LTE Essential Patents Landscape 2009: 2Q Update

This is a brief report for 3GPP LTE (Long Term Evolution) essential patents landscape. By the definition of “ETSI IPR Policy”, "Essential Patents" is an IPR that it is not possible on technical grounds to make, sell, lease, otherwise dispose of, repair, use or operate equipment or methods which comply with a standard without infringing the IPR.

This report analyzes the lists of patents declared essential to 3GPP LTE appear at the ETSI IPR Online website. The declared essential patents include patent applications in pending and published as well as issued patents in the United States before May 1, 2009.

As of April 30, 2009, there were 579 (cf. 471 in 1Q) declared essential patents. By the status of the applications, the patents are further classified into the total of 140 (cf.117 in 1Q) issued patents, the total of 244 (cf. 214 in 1Q) published applications, and the total
of 195 (cf. 140 in 1Q) pending applications.

The active contenders for essential patents IPR competition are Qualcomm, Interdigital, Nokia, Nortel, Texas Instruments (TI), Samsung, LG, ETRI, Sony, and Icoding. In 2Q, Sony, LG, and ETRI are the new contenders compare to the 1Q analysis.

As of April 30, 2009, the Qualcomm (207) is the leader followed by Interdigital (147).

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