|Ericsson Confirms First LTE License Agreements|
Ericsson has signed its first licensing deals for LTE technology in an
initiative to establish industry practice that promotes healthy market
growth of LTE technology. Ericsson has indicated that the licensing
agreements will be made according to Ericsson's proportional share of
the standard IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) that relates to the
relevant product category, ensuring that a maximum cumulative rate on
LTE technology will not exceeding a single-digit rate.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), a leading pioneer of LTE technology, confirms it has signed license agreements for LTE essential patents. Ericsson is a strong advocate for reasonable aggregated royalties and holds the industry's strongest LTE patent portfolio. Ericsson is now taking the lead in establishing an industry practice to promote healthy market growth. This builds on Ericsson's present global licensing program for GSM/WCDMA, now composed of more than 80 agreements and generating significant revenue.
Building on extensive experience in GSM and WCDMA, Ericsson has been driving the development of next-generation mobile technology - 4G/LTE - ever since its OFDM research in the early 1990s. Already today, at the dawn of the technology, Ericsson possesses a substantial number of standard essential patents that are key to developing 4G/LTE products.
Championing industry practice on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing, Ericsson makes its technology available to others. Consequently, licensing arrangements will be made according to Ericsson's proportional share of the standard IPR that relates to the relevant product category. Ericsson likewise honors the same industry practice by ensuring a maximum cumulative rate on LTE technology not exceeding a single-digit rate. This is achieved through bilateral negotiations undertaken in good-faith.
Kasim Alfalahi, Vice President and Head of IPR Licensing and Patent Portfolio at Ericsson says: "This is an important milestone for us to demonstrate our LTE leadership. We aim to strike a balance between providing value for our customers and earning a fair return on our significant R&D investments when other parties have the opportunity to benefit from them."