Standard-essential patents: The battle over 5G


Rory O'Neill

Standard-essential patents: The battle over 5G

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Future tech will rely on ultra-fast data speeds, making the standard-essential patents on which it operates some of the most coveted IP of all time, as WIPR’s Rory O’Neill explains.

We are about to enter the era of 5G. There is an increasing awareness of the technology but perhaps not so much of the radical impact it is set to have on society. 

Offering unprecedented data speeds between devices, the transformation 5G could visit on industries far beyond traditional telecommunications should not be underestimated.

Underpinning all of this is a bedrock of technological standards, which are essential for the technology to function. These are protected by IP and ownership is fiercely contested by some of the world’s most innovative companies. 

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