The patent licensing picture remains unclear for wireless. Some estimate more than 160,000 patents were declared essential for LTE standards; early reports indicate the number of declared 5G standard essential patents will be at least double that number. With hundreds of global companies vying to license patents declared essential to parts of the standard, what will this mean for the next generation of communication?
Meanwhile, the U.S. government recently called for developing alternatives to reliance on the technology of Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei. While the government continues to have concerns over security, what does this mean for a 5G standard so advanced and ready for full deployment?
Among the uncertainty, which is already clear is that heavy cross-licensing, patent litigation, and patent pooling generate billions of dollars of legal liability and 5G will spark new and unpreceded patent wars that will dwarf previous ones.
Join Gene Quinn, President, and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc, on WEDNESDAY, February 19, 2020, at 12:30 pm EST, for a conversation on the patent landscape for standard essential patents, FRAND and other licensing issues and the looming 5G patent wars. Joining Gene will be Kevin Jakel, CEO of Unified Patents, and Jorge Contreras, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.