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Mobile Patents and Intellectual Property Rights
An industry-wide review of patenting activity and comprehensive evaluation of the companies positioned for market dominance through their strong IPR holdings
Pub. Date: March 2010
Size: 100 pages
Formats: Hardcopy, PDF
Price: £995, £1,495

Patent activity is a good measure of a company’s competitiveness and its ability to protect its long-term profitability. Patents are internationally defendable and ensure that a company with a strong bias towards research innovation will maintain a strong market presence and a good return for its investors.

Patents can be used offensively, defensively, or simply to build company image, and are a key component in a robust business strategy. Ever since NTP’s $612.5m infringement award against RIM, patent disputes have become commonplace and 2010 has seen a rash of new infringement cases with Qualcomm, Apple, Nokia and HTC in the thick of things.

In this report, ARCchart’s patent analysis shows the handset user interface as the highest growth patenting area – mainly as a result of the disruption of Apple’s entry into the market. Imaging is also a growth area, especially around visual search and augmented reality, with Google being particularly prevalent in new patents. Patenting in the run-up to LTE has also accelerated, especially in the key areas of OFDM and MIMO. Although Nokia and Ericsson dominated WCDMA and were very influential with HSPA, it looks like they are losing out to Qualcomm and the South Korean vendors Samsung and LG in the race for new patents in the crucial areas of LTE.

The report draws conclusions from raw patent data showing how a sophisticated patent strategy can build lasting success and continued growth.

Topics of coverage include:

  • How patents help build a competitive advantage
  • The four key patenting strategies in mobile
  • IPR as a proportion of handset cost
  • Latest patenting trends
  • Patent pools
  • Significant new mobile patents
  • Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) – strategies and influence
  • Patent disputes and resolutions
  • Mobile patenting volume analysis
  • Areas of high patenting activity – Navigation, UI, Imaging, NFC and GPS
  • Mobile operator patents
Companies mentioned, discussed or reviewed include:
Acer
Alcatel-Lucent
Alvarion
Apple
AT&T
Avaya Technologies
Broadcom
Cisco
Clearwire
Datang
Dell
DSP Group
Embarg Holdings
Ericsson
France Telecom
Fujitsu
Google
HTC
Huawei
Immersion
Intel
Intellect Wireless
InterDigital
IPCom
LG
LinkMe Mobile
Matsushita Electric
Microsoft
Motorola
NEC
Nokia
Nokia Siemens Networks
Nortel Networks
NTP
NTT DoCoMo
Orange
Palm
Philips
picoChip
Qualcomm
RIM
Samsung
Sanyo
SK Telecom
Sony
Sony Ericsson
T-Mobile
Toshiba
TruePosition
Verizon
Virgin Mobile
Vodafone
ZTE

Answers and opinions are provided with respect to the following essential questions:
  • What innovations is Apple pursuing in mobile?
  • What is the forecast for handset royalty cost over the coming five years?
  • Why is Qualcomm resisting patent pooling efforts?
  • Which companies have had the most patent disputes awarded against them?
  • What are the best strategies for defending against NPEs?
  • Who are the top holders of TD-SCDMA patents?
  • Which companies are best positioned to reap IPR rewards in 4G?
  • How has WCDMA and HSPA patenting evolved over the past five years?
  • Which companies hold the largest number of ‘essential’ LTE patents?
  • After Qualcomm, who are the main owners of OFDM and MIMO IPR?
  • Who are the big R&D spenders as a proportion of total sales?
  • Why do LG and Samsung ranking high for their Patenting Effectiveness?
   
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