Today, Nokia announced that it now has 4000 5G core patent which is a new milestone for the Finnish company. This milestone demonstrates Nokia’s leadership in the development and standardization of cellular technology. Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio consists of approximately 20,000 patents. According to reports, Nokia’s patents are the outcome of over 130 billion euros worth of research and development. The company has been involved in the promotion of network standardization over the past 30 years.
Nokia said that it has played a key role in all stages of 5G development, such as the definition of 5G-related basic technologies, the formulation of 5G standards in cooperation with the 3GPP organization, and the launch of 5G networks. As 5G deployment accelerates, Nokia’s 5G technology will support a wider range of use cases. Some use cases include vehicle interconnection, cloud robotics, and so on
Nokia’s technological innovation is committed to building open standards. According to Nokia, other companies can obtain its authorization and use these technologies. This means that these companies will not have to invest heavily in research and development on their own. Regarding Nokia’s new achievement, Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said
“We’re proud to have reached the milestone of 4,000 high-quality patent families declared as essential to 5G but the work does not stop there. Our focus is on innovating for the future. Driving the development of the next generation of cellular standards and enabling entire industries to build upon our inventions.”
5G Standard Essential Patents
In February of this year, IPLytics, a world-renowned patent data company, released a report on “Who Is Leading the 5G Patent Race?”. The report captures major organizations that report to ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) on their number of 5G standard-essential patents (SEPs). Presently, there are much more companies with 5G standard-essential patents (SEPs) than last year. Thus, it is important to keep track of the patent leaders in connectivity.
The report covers 22 companies. Among them, Huawei ranks first with 15.39% of applications while Qualcomm is second with 11.24%. Another Chinese manufacturer, ZTE is third with 9.81%. Samsung and Nokia come fourth and fifth respectively with 9.67 and 9.01%. However, this ranking is for the 5G standard-essential patents (SEPs) application.
While Huawei also launched the most application overall, U.S. company Qualcomm comes second when counting granted and open applications. Well, whether we are talking about the 5G essential patent application or existing patent, Huawei is still on top. We look at the patent application because the patenting process can take several years. Thus, after granting the patents, the percentages can change significantly.
For granted 5G essential patents, Huawei is tops with 15.4% while Samsung is second with 13.3%. Qualcomm follows closely in the third position with 13.2% while LG is fourth with 8.7%. ZTE is fifth with 5.6% of the total patents.