Ericsson will transfer almost 2,000 patents to Unwired Planet

Unwired Planet will use the portfolio to raise revenue for both companies

By Loek Essers, IDG News Service |  IT Management

Ericsson has one of the largest mobile patent portfolios in the industry, with over 30,000 patents, it said in November when it filed two patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung. Ericsson said it filed the suits because the companies had failed to reach a licensing deal on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for patents it claims are essential to implementation of a number of industry standards.

Ericsson did not immediately respond to a request for comment but said in a statement that the deal with Unwired Planet is an alternative channel for the company's intellectual property licensing.

Unwired Planet, formerly named Openwave, pioneered early mobile data technologies such as the WML (Wireless Markup Language) and WAP (Wireless Access Protocol).

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