Ericsson and Huawei say that they have agreed to extend their global patent license agreement.
According to Huawei, the agreement includes a cross licence that covers patents relating to both companies’ wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards).
Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company’s standard essential patents and technologies globally.
Jianxin Ding, Head of Global Intellectual Property of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd says the new agreement reflects the two leading companies’ joint view that innovation and intellectual property rights shall be protected.
Ding says the deal includes “reasonable compensation for the implementation of intellectual property rights is vital to promoting technology innovation, sharing and standardizing technology, driving and accelerating industry evolution.”
Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson adds that extension of the agreement shows commitment to drive innovation and industry development.
“In the future, everyone and everything will be connected through the Networked Society and Internet of Things. Our role is to drive this transformation, opening up new ways to innovate, to collaborate, and to empower people, business, and society”, Alfalahi adds.
As part of the renewed agreement, Huawei will make on-going royalty payment based upon actual sales to Ericsson from 2016 and onwards. Further details of the agreement are confidential.