/// Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung Well Positioned for Next Round of Mobile Patent Wars

February 20, 2012  |  All Things Digital


With the mobile patent wars showing no signs of slowing up any time now, it bears looking at which companies have the key patents for the next round of cellular technology. That’s also what the folks at Article One Partners thought, so they conducted a study, along with Thomson Reuters, to see who holds what with regards to patents on 4G LTE technology. When it comes to the patents rated “highly essential,” the study found that Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and LG held nearly half of the patents. When adding in the proviso of the patents also being highly novel, the study found that Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and Ericsson collectively own 55 percent of the highly essential and most novel patents. While things are still shifting, the results should help companies better understand where they fit in when it comes to the next generation of wireless technology. “One of the things companies can use this kind of work is for landscaping,” Article One investor and director Marshall Phelps said in an interview. If a company notices it doesn’t have much intellectual property in an area that most people see as essential, Phelps said “that might tell you where you have holes in your portfolio.” Of course, the real problem remains — namely that most of the major wireless companies are suing one another rather than licensing each other’s technology

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