Saturday, September 5, 2009

LTE Patent Portfolio as Strategic Business Tool

4G mobile communication, especially LTE, is one of recent hot topics among emerging technologies and high-tech business. It is easy to find increasing number of news about LTE innovation and business in the news media:

1. Verizon Wireless Completes Successful LTE 4G Data Calls In Boston And Seattle

2. Motorola's LTE Trial In Japan

3. LG, Nortel demonstrates LTE-CDMA handover

4. Samsung's LTE Innovation Leadership

One interesting point in recent LTE related news is that LTE patent portfolio is used as a strategic business tool, especially for marketing and PR purpose:

In recent press interview for “LG's Successful LTE-CDMA Handover"‎, Dr. Scott Ahn, President & CEO of LG Mobile Communications, expressed that LG will lead the 4G innovations based on about 300 LTE-related patents and experiences in leading the LTE standardization.

Yin Weimin, President of LTE at Huawei, advertised in recent press interview that Huawei has been granted 147 Long Term Evolution (LTE) patents by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), representing 12 percent of the total existing 1,272 LTE patents assigned by ETSI as of August 2009. He said that “The achievement reflects our pioneering vision and firm commitment to support operators worldwide as they evolve towards delivering advanced services to end-users through LTE networks”.

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM) called Nortel's LTE patents a 'Canada's National Treasure'. (

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