Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Qualcomm's IPR Strategy

In interview with the Korea Times
(http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2009/05/133_44748.html), Qualcomm's Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs expressed that Qualcomm's aims are to become Intel in mobile technologies.

Qualcomm's CDMA technology is now used in nearly all of the 2G and 3G networks globally. Patent portfolio for Qualcomm's CDMA technologies is the profit center from patent royalties and CDMA chips.

With the company's purchase of Flarion in 2005, Qualcomm is now holding the most competitive patent portfolios in OFDM and MIMO, which is the key 4G technologies used in LTE and WiMAX.

In TechIPm's patent landscape research for 4G mobile technologies, Qualcomm was the IPR leader in several areas: LTE essential patent candidates, Mobile WiMAX PCT publications, USPTO issued patents in MIMO technology, USPTO published patent applications for Femto Cell. (Refs. http://www.slideshare.net/alexglee/4gpatents-analysis2009q2brief; http://www.slideshare.net/alexglee/3gpplteessential-patents2009q2brief; http://techipm-innovationfrontline.blogspot.com/2009/07/mobile-patent-landscape-multi-national.html)

By building a strong partnership with the major mobile phone manufactures such as Samsung, LG, and Nokia, Qualcomm dreamed about the day when "Qualcomm Inside" is in front side of every future mobile phones.

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