Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Via Licensing Builds LTE Patent Pool with Major Players

Via Licensing announced an LTE patent pool that includes the contributions of some major players:  AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telef√≥nica, and ZTE Corporation.
The patent pool aims to accelerate innovation by providing efficient, transparent, and cost-effective access to LTE standard essential patents.  Participation in the LTE licensing program is open to all owners of LTE essential patents. Any party that believes they hold a patent essential to the LTE standard is encouraged to submit the patent for evaluation and, once qualified, to participate in this valuable offering.

“We are delighted to have been able to participate in a truly collaborative effort from a broad spectrum of industry players to provide one-stop shop access to LTE standard essential patents that the pool provides,” said Dr. Toru Otsu, Managing Director of Intellectual Property at NTT DOCOMO. “We feel confident that the pool will play a huge role in accelerating growth of the LTE ecosystem by meeting both the needs of licensors and licensees.”