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"Although standards bodies typically require their members to declare potentially Essential patents, they do not perform any analysis - so the true ownership of patents is unclear. PA's insights bring clarity to the industry."

PA Consulting Group launches its latest technology patent landscape report for IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi).

Many companies own patents that they claim are “Potentially Essential” to wireless standards. Standards Essential Patents (SEPs) are embedded within the standard itself and are infringed by all equipment complying with the standard – they cannot be avoided by clever engineering. Understanding the patent landscape is a complex challenge for those involved in patent licensing and royalty negotiation.

In the absence of transparent patent ownership licensees, policy makers and regulators struggle to set the correct prices for patent acquisitions, patent transfers, licenses and damage awards. The objective of PA's analysis is to bring clarity to the size of the patent landscape for Wi-Fi.

PA's database and report provide the information that the industry needs
Following on from our highly successfully independent analyses of the WCDMA (3GPP-FDD), cdma2000 and LTE (3GPP-LTE) essential patent landscapes PA Consulting Group is pleased to announce the availability of its independent analysis of the patent landscape for IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi).

The first release (Q3 2013) of our Wi-Fi analysis includes US granted patents from:

  • The 90+ Companies that have submitted Letters of Assurance (LoA) to the IEEE against 802.11 standards
  • Technical Specifications of 802.11-2012 (covering 802.11a, b, g and n).

Our methodology consists of four stages:‬

  • Defining appropriate search criteria
  • Company search – generation of a long-list of assets
  • Filtering - generation of a short-list of relevant assets
  • Evaluation, categorisation and documentation.

The full detail of our methodology is transparent to our customers.

PA’s essential IPR databases are based on detailed evaluation of the patents. The complete Wi-Fi package includes access to the online database and an associated report.

The database contents include for each patent that we have successfully evaluated:

• details of the patent family (application number, patent number, equivalents, filing date, grant date)

• comments from PA’s engineer who reviewed the patent:- typically a few sentences of information including the Specification section which the patent is relevant to

• PA’s conclusion: whether the patent is potentially technically essential to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), useful but not technically essential to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), or not relevant to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi),.

The report summarises our findings drawing conclusions about the Wi-Fi patent landscape.

PA has worked in IPR in wireless technology since the mid-1990s, beginning in GSM and evolving to 3G, cdma2000, LTE and WiMAX. PA researches and publishes a range of off-the-shelf Essential IPR reports.

PA's reports are well known in the industry and have been purchased by more than 25 leading manufacturers of infrastructure and handsets, including some of the biggest players in 3G including leading base station and handset manufacturers in Europe, the US, Japan and Taiwan.

To request more information or a free trial of our online patent analysis database, please contact us now.

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