By Telecom Lead Team: Sisvel International that
manages intellectual property announced it has acquired 47 patent families
comprised of more than 450 patents and applications originally filed by mobile
handset major Nokia.
The patents and patent applications cover technologies
used in mobile communications devices and services.
Thirty-three of the patent families, consisting of more
than 350 patents and applications, have been declared essential by Nokia to
second, third and fourth-generation communications standards, including GSM,
UMTS/WCDMA and LTE.
The balance of the portfolio consists of implementation
patents including video encoding optimization technologies. The acquired
patents remain subject to certain prior agreements and Nokia is licensed under
the portfolio as part of the acquisition.
“Sisvel has been extremely active in recent years
working with the wireless industry to provide simplified access to essential
wireless patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND,
conditions,” said Giustino de Sanctis, CEO of Sisvel International.
“Acquiring the many essential patents in this key
portfolio is a very significant step for Sisvel and a testament to Sisvel’s
commitment and determination to succeed in this space. We look forward to
offering these essential patents on FRAND terms and to continuing our work
within the wireless industry,” de Sanctis added.
Sisvel has a history of managing successful patent
portfolios including those related to the audio compression standards known as
MP3 and MPEG Audio, and technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS
(Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signaling – for
automatic switching of television image formats).
Sisvel currently operates patent pools for the UHF-RFID,
CDMA 2000, DVB-T, and DVB-T2 standards, and is in the process of creating
patent pools for LTE, DVB-C2 and Wi-Fi.