Nokia’s 5G patent portfolio has topped the findings from Independent Analyst firm, (PA Consulting), through its 5G patent independent study.
Through the study on Standard Essential Patents, which published in April 2021, the firm concluded that Nokia is leading the ownership of granted patents that the researchers found essential to 5G standards.
This finding also marked the second time Nokia’s leadership in 5G Standard Essential Patents has been confirmed by PA Consulting’s research.
Previously, Nokia was also ranked as number one in a study published in 2019. The analyst firm conducted their own technical analysis of the 5G patent landscape, investigating whether the patents are truly essential to the 5G standard, instead of relying on patent holders’ own raw declaration numbers.
Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies said, “These independent findings reflect the significant contribution Nokia makes to developing industry standards, our continuous investment in R&D, and the strength of our patent portfolio.”
“The study also serves as a reminder that when evaluating the strength of a patent portfolio, it’s important to consider not just the number of patents but also their efficiency,” he added.
Nokia has been significantly contributing to the development of industry standards, holding a variety of leadership positions in major industry standardisation bodies.
Adding to it, Nokia is listed among the most active contributors and drivers of key features in 5G standardisation.
Notably, Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio is built on more than €130 billion invested in R&D since 2000 and is composed of around 20,000 patent families, including over 3,500 patent families declared essential to 5G.
To enable the right to license their technology on FRAND terms (fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory) Nokia contributes its inventions to open standards. Companies can license and use these technologies without the need to make their own substantial investments in R&D.