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Patent licensing industry transition as we enter the world of 5GMarch 13, 2018During Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 (Barcelona, February 26th to March 1st), 5G was the most discussed and highlighted topic. At MWC, almost all global telecommunications service operators announced their plans to deploy their 5G services commercially some as early as late 2018.Subscribers Only
Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?October 13, 2017This insight article (second of two part series) analyzes Apple’s external and internal environment that contributed to a patent war against Qualcomm and the potential impact the patent war can have on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – to SEP or not to SEP?August 14, 2017On January 20, 2017 Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm at the Southern District Court of California. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of breach of contract, violation of unfair competition laws and requested judgement on royalty rate it must pay for Qualcomm’s standard essential patents. (SEPs) Since Apple’s initial legal lawsuit, both companies filed additional lawsuits in different jurisdictions and the dispute grew into a full scale patent licensing war. This article provides summary and analysis of the licensing dispute between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.Subscribers Only
Can Xiaomi Surge with its own SoC?March 01, 2017At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with Xiaomi’s recent announcement of the Mi 5c, the company announced a milestone with the inclusion of its own “in-house” SoC, the Surge S1. The development of its own SoC may help improve Xiaomi’s IP position and unlock increased sales potential for its smartphones.Subscribers Only
Design patents are the latest casualties of the Apple, Samsung smartphone patent war; review of the Supreme Court decision and its ramificationsDecember 09, 2016On December 6th, the United States Supreme court released a decision to send the patent case between Apple and Samsung back to the Federal Circuit. This insight will provide the background of the decision and provide IHS Markit’s view on the decision’s potential impact on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
For big companies like Apple, patent litigation is one of its everyday businessesNovember 11, 2016This article will look into Apple’s recent patent trial verdicts and patent settlements. These cases will be used as examples to provide overview on how a company involved in tens of patent litigation can assess its future potential liability.Subscribers Only
Breaking Through the Gigabit-per-Second Speed barrier with Additional Shared and Unlicensed LTE SpectrumOctober 10, 2016While the 5G wireless standard and promise of order-of-magnitude improvement in data throughput are still at least 4 to 5 years away from deployment, the industry will need to rely on highly evolved LTE-A networks to fill the gap in wireless broadband capacity. That means LTE-A networks needs to scale beyond the gigabit-per-second limit, offering a performance on-ramp to the next generation 5G networks. In order to do so, significantly more spectrum will be required to continue LTE-A evolution and network enhancements. While additional licensed spectrum are being planned for auction, the total amount of licensed spectrum available will still come up short relative to supporting LTE-A networks beyond the gigabit-per-second performance realm. This begs the question, where can the industry go to find additional spectrum to make next generation performance a reality?Subscribers Only
Smartphone patent licensing landscape in key regionsAugust 17, 2016The objective of the article is to examine patent rulings in the past few years that have made major impacts on the smartphone industry in four different regions: United States, Europe, India and China. In particular, this article will examine the following two aspects of the patent industry that are relevant to the smartphone market: I. Rulings made on Standard Essential Patent (SEP) royalty rates II. Recent changes in patent laws for each regionSubscribers Only
Samsung gives home court advantage to Huawei by litigating in ChinaJuly 25, 2016Last week, Samsung Electronics said it sued Huawei Technologies for patent infringements through multiple courts in China. Samsung’s spokeswoman said the company sued Huawei in Beijing court about two weeks ago for allegedly infringing six of its patents. The types of patents and the other Chinese courts involved in the patent litigation were not provided. Back in May, Huawei sued Samsung in the United States and China for infringement of patents that are related to 4G communications technology, operating systems and user interface software. Suing Huawei in China is Samsung’s first patent infringement filing in response to Huawei’s patent suit filed against them earlier. From the outset, Samsung’s decision to fight Huawei in China seems a little bit surprising considering China is regarded as a jurisdiction with weak patent protection rights. Adding the fact Samsung will be facing a well-known local company at its backyard, the task of gaining benefit from this litigation filing seems like a daunting task. Below are the two major reasons on why Samsung chose China as the first jurisdiction to litigate against Huawei despite the obvious challenges.Subscribers Only
Patent landscape in China will design Apple’s regional sales strategyJune 23, 2016Recently, there have been numerous reports on Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus receiving an injunction in Beijing last month. The court injunction was given by China's municipal tribunal in response to a design patent infringement compliant filed by a smartphone startup named Shenzhen Baili. Until the news was announced, Shenzhen Baili - and its parent company Digione - were an unknown player in the China’s smartphone space and it seem to fit the profile of a non-practicing entity (NPE) - or colloquially referred to as patent troll. Shortly after the court injunction order, Apple appealed the court order requesting a review of the ruling. Since then, Apple’s appeal to review the ruling has been accepted and Apple will be able to sell its iPhone 6 and 6 plus models in China until the order is reviewed by the Beijing IP court.
Xiaomi has been steadily accumulating patents. Now what?June 11, 2016On May 31, 2016, Microsoft and Xiaomi announced that they are expanding their global partnership. One of the key details of the global partnership was patent cross licensing deal that included the transfer of 1,500 patents from Microsoft to Xiaomi. Also beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi’s Android devices will come pre-installed with Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Skype applications. Other terms of the deal were not released.
NTT DoCoMo’s summer smartphone lineup indicates domestic players continue to prevail in JapanMay 16, 2016On May 11th, NTT DoCoMo unveiled its 2016 summer lineup of mobile devices – 10 smartphones, 3 tablets and a mobile Wi-Fi router. DoCoMo’s summer models include five new smartphones – Sony Xperia X Performance, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Sharp AQUOS ZETA, Fujitsu Arrow SV and Disney Mobile DM-02H made by LG. All five new smartphones are scheduled to launch in May and June.Subscribers Only
Carrier Aggregation: Nowhere to Go but Up!October 01, 2015Up until now, this series has focused primarily on the downlink side of carrier aggregation (CA) as we explored what CA is, how it is currently deployed and what is available now. The downlink side is also how the industry has...
Apple Conjures More Success With the “Identical” but Innovative iPhone 6SSeptember 08, 2015With the iPhone 6S, Apple has introduced many more innovations than it added with last years' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple has performed the ultimate conjuring trick: Change everything about the iPhone, but make it look almost identical to the old model. As a result, IHS forecasts the magic of the iPhone business will continue to drive Apple.
Carrier Aggregation: Adoption Running on all CylindersJuly 30, 2015As mentioned in the previous article in this series, there are multiple levels of carrier aggregation or CA which enable different categories of LTE user equipment (UE) capability. Typically, the higher the level of CA...
Carrier Aggregation: Making the Whole Greater than the Sum of its PartsMay 14, 2015Five years after the initial commercial launch of Long Term Evolution, the latest 4th generation cellular technology supporting fully mobile connectivity from devices such as smartphones and tablets, it is clear that consumer demand for faster and lower latency connectivity is far from ...
3G/4G Reference Platforms: Delivering on the PromiseOctober 28, 2014In previous articles of this series, IHS touched on selecting the right reference platform for specific design requirements and then how to use that reference platform to maximize the number of addressable markets through...
3G/4G Handset Globalization Through LocalizationOctober 13, 2014In the previous introductory article of this series, IHS outlined an overview of how device OEMs might utilize cellular reference platform designs and how to assess them to select the best platform for a given set of design objectives. In that article, the OEMs objective was...
3G/4G Reference Platforms: Not Just ChipsetsJune 04, 2014Having surpassed the 50% adoption rate 2 years ago, smartphones, across all tiers, are forecasted by IHS to represent over 3/4ths of all phones shipped this year. By 2017, 9 out of every 10 mobile phones will be smartphones. It is clear that smartphones are...
LTE advanced: Running is easier after learning how to walkMay 08, 2014In the previous article of this series, IHS explored the intricacies of designing and commercializing LTE modem solutions. Even supporting what some might call “basic” LTE presented technical challenges as well as opportunities for...