A year on from making a similar announcement back in September 2018, Nokia has stated that, as of October 2019, it has declared to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) that it has identified over 2,000 “patent families” as being “essential” for maintaining a 5G standard.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Economic Analysis and Statistics Division, a patent family is “a set of patents taken in various countries to protect a single invention”.
The 5G standardization process is managed by 3GPP, a partnership of seven standards development organizations, including ETSI. Nokia has played a key role both in creating 5G technology and in working with ETSI to bring about a consistent global 5G standard. The 2,000 declared technologies include many created by Nokia at its renowned Nokia Bell Labs, based in Denmark.
According to Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, Nokia has “long understood the importance of open standardization in enabling others to build on our innovation and create new products for people around the world. Through licensing, other businesses and industries can benefit from Nokia’s innovation, as we seek to enable an ever more connected world”.