Sisvel Launches 802.11 Wi-Fi Joint Licensing Program
Sisvel license facilitates access to key portfolios of essential WLAN patents
LONDON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sisvel UK announced today’s launch of a joint licensing program for patents essential to the IEEE’s 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and related Wi-Fi Alliance specifications. Sisvel’s new program offers a license to essential patents owned by Ericsson; the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); Hera Wireless S.A.; Nokia Corporation; and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
“These patent portfolios reflect important contributions to the 802.11 standard and related Wi-Fi Alliance specifications,” noted Giustino de Sanctis, CEO of Sisvel International, “and this joint program represents another advance toward Sisvel’s goal of providing simplified access to essential patents on reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or RAND, conditions.”
“Sisvel’s program creates a new avenue to license critical patents in a streamlined and efficient manner,” explained Timothy Lucie-Smith, Head of IPR Business Management and Finance of Ericsson. “Based on Sisvel’s licensing expertise and decades of experience,” he continued, “we are confident that many manufacturers incorporating 802.11 technology into their products will work with Sisvel to obtain a joint license under the patents in this portfolio.”
Information about the terms and conditions of Sisvel licenses under these patents, including royalty rates and the types of products covered, is available from Sisvel upon request by companies requiring a license.
IEEE 802.11 is a family of specifications for wireless local area network (WLAN) communications in the bands from 2.4, up to 5 GHz that has continued to evolve since the official publication of the first wireless LAN standard in IEEE Std. 802.11-1997 and many subsequent enhancements. The IEEE 802.11n specification added multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and several other enhancements, and was formally adopted as IEEE Std. 802.11n-2009. More recently, the IEEE has further enhanced WLAN throughput in the 802.11ac specification.
Started in 1982 when Sisvel S.p.A. was founded in Italy, the Sisvel Group is a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights. The Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with companies in Italy (Sisvel in None Torinese and Edico in Rome), the United States (Sisvel US and Audio MPEG in Metropolitan Washington, DC), China (Sisvel Hong Kong), Japan (Sisvel Japan in Tokyo), Germany (Sisvel Germany in Stuttgart), Luxembourg (Sisvel International), and the United Kingdom (Sisvel UK), with over one hundred professionals worldwide with technical, legal, and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS (Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signaling – for automatic switching of television image formats). Sisvel currently operates patent pools or joint licensing programs for the 802.11, LTE, UHF-RFID, CDMA 2000, DVB-T, and DVB-T2 standards.
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