One example case is the LTE patent portfolio of Apple. Currently, Apple holds more than 90 patents directly related to LTE smartphone implementation. Nearly 95% of the LTE patents are acquired from Nortel, Freescale Semiconductor, and Intellectual Ventures. The other example is the LTE patent portfolio of RIM (Research in Motion). More than 10% of RIM’s LTE patents are acquired from Nortel, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent.
In analyzing the patent acquisition status of the LTE IPR shareholders, one interesting point is found: Motorola acquired several LTE patents from RIM. This may indicate a possible alliance among would be competitors for holding of LTE IPRs.
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