Today, OPPO announced that it has signed a multi-year global patent license agreement with Ericsson. The agreement covers patent licensing and cooperation on several other projects. ‘This agreement will lay a solid foundation for further cooperation between the two parties in the 5G era.’ Adler Feng, Head of OPPO Global Intellectual Property Department, says: ‘We are pleased to enter into a global cross-license agreement, including business collaborations, with Ericsson. We look forward to working with Ericsson to drive cutting-edge innovation in products and services.’
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In fact, Ericsson is among the world’s leading providers of communications technology and services. It’s been the leader in this niche, but in March 2018, Huawei surpassed Ericsson. Gustav Brismark, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson, says: ‘This important deal confirms the value of our patent portfolio and further validates the Ericsson FRAND licensing program. Ericsson has signed more than 100 patent license agreements to date, and we are delighted to sign a mutually beneficial agreement with OPPO.’
Adhering to the patent-first strategy, OPPO has always attached great importance to patent accumulation and reserves. As of January 2019, OPPO has more than 33,000 patent applications worldwide and more than 8,000 patents. In addition to the latest agreement with Ericsson, OPPO has signed a number of patent licensing agreements with a number of industry partners, including Qualcomm, Dolby, and Nokia. OPPO will continue to work closely with leading industry partners to bring the best products and experiences to consumers around the world.
Actually, this agreement between OPPO and Ericsson covers their respective 2G, 3G, and 4G patent portfolios. But in addition, it also outlines business cooperation on a number of projects related to 5G including device testing, customer engagement, and demonstrations at MWC19 Barcelona.