4G Intellectual Property Royalties Set to Quadruple over the Next Five Years

Royalties raised from 4G cellular technologies in 2017 will be quadruple that of 2012, reaching over $6B in 2017.  This correlates with the growth of 4G devices and is dominated by handsets.  Just as the market for 4G royalties is taking off, Apple is entering the 4G market in a bigger way with its LTE-enabled iPhone 5.  After being on the offensive with design and software patents, Apple may have to defend itself.  “Samsung, Apple’s prime target because of its market share, is strong in 4G patents and will look to use that against Apple,” notes research director Phil Solis.  “The only problem is that mobile technology patents for LTE are subject to FRAND rules.”  


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