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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
Huawei takes a leaf from Xiaomi’s book with European Honor brand launchNovember 03, 2014Huawei beats Xiaomi to offer its direct to consumer Honor range of handsets in Europe. The European Honor handsets will be distributed exclusively via online channels. The initial smartphone models include chipsets from Mediatek and Huawei's Kirin and are priced aggressively at €139 and €299. This is a bold brand strategy for Huawei because it risks spreading itself too thin and also risks its established operator relationships.
Apple SIM is a Test for Mobile Operators' Main Business ModelOctober 17, 2014Apple SIM threatens to fundamentally change the relationship between mobile operators and users. Making it easy for users to switch carriers and tariffs makes market competition more efficient and places pressure on operator revenues and profitability. With this initial launch, Apple is testing the business model and technology. If successful, Apple has a number of ways it will look to extend the Apple SIM strategy...
EU set to free up 3G spectrum for 4GNovember 14, 2012The European Commission has decreed that all EU member states will have to make spectrum currently assigned to 3G services available for next generation services by June 2014. The ruling relates to the 2100MHz band which is used for 3G services in every...