NFC (Near field communication) is a short-range wireless technology that allows wireless connections between two devices for data exchange in various business transactions. NFC-enabled smartphones are one of major driver for current mobile communications market.
To find the key IPR holders for NFC patents, a keyword search of the USPTO patent data base has been performed. Total of 604 issued patents are identified as of March 1, 2015.
The identified NFC patents are classified by industry standard for NFC technology (ISO and NFC Forum) and major NFC applications. The NFC Forum standard specifications included in the analysis are Activity, Digital, Protocol, LLCP (Logical Link Control Protocol), NDEF (Data Exchange Format), RF/Analog, RTD (Record Type Definition), and Tag Operation. The major NFC applications included in the analysis are NFC device and system (e.g. security), mobile payments, mobile business applications, entertainment, and social networking applications.
Among 83 IPR holders Sony (including Sony Ericsson) is the leader followed by Visa, NXP, Nokia, Broadcom, Round Rock, MasterCard, Blaze Mobile, Microsoft, Samsung, and BlackBerry.
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