4G Key Technologies
                                     Patent Landscape
                                         2Q. 200...
1. SC-FDMA Patent Landscape


SC-FDMA (Single Carrier-Frequency Division Multiple Access) is a key
technology for LTE Up-L...
Fig. 1.1 Top 5 assignees for SC-FDMA issued patents




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Fig. 1.2 Top 5 assignees for SC-FDMA published patent
applications




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2. OFDMA Patent Landscape


OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access), which is a multiple
access version of t...
Fig. 2.1 Top 25 assignees for OFDMA issued patents




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3. MIMO Patent Landscape


MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) is a key technology for IEEE .802.11n,
WiMax, and LTE uti...
Fig. 3.1 Growth trends for MIMO Issued and published patents




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Fig. 3.2 Top 10 assignees for MIMO issued patents




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Fig. 3.3 Top 10 assignees for MIMO published patent
applications




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4. Femto Cell Patent Landscape


Femto cell is an emerging technology designed for use in residential or small
business ar...
Fig. 4.1 Growth trends for femto cell published patent
applications




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Fig. 4.2 Top 10 assignees for femto cell published patent
applications




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5. Software Radio Patent Landscape


Software radio system is a wireless communications system where
components that have ...
Fig. 5.1 Growth trends for software radio published patent
applications




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Fig. 5.2 Top 10 assignees for software radio published patent
applications




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6. Mesh Networks Patent Landscape


Mesh networks is a key technology for wireless ad hoc networks connected to
each other...
Fig. 6.1 Top 10 assignees for Mesh Networks issued patents




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7. MBMS Patent Landscape


MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) is a broadcasting service such
as TV broadcasting...
Fig. 7.1 Top 10 assignees for MBMS published patent
applications




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4G Key Technologies Patent Landscape

  1. 1. 4G Key Technologies Patent Landscape 2Q. 2009 ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com
  2. 2. 1. SC-FDMA Patent Landscape SC-FDMA (Single Carrier-Frequency Division Multiple Access) is a key technology for LTE Up-Link (from UE to eNode-B) Communication. SC-FDMA reduces the PAPR (Peak-Average-Power-Ratio): high PAPR was the problem with the conventional OFDMA. Analysis for US patents issued before January 1, 2009 and published patent applications before May 1, 2009 shows that 3Com is and Samsung are the leader in issued patent and published patent application respectively. (Fig. 1.1 and Fig. 1.2) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 2
  3. 3. Fig. 1.1 Top 5 assignees for SC-FDMA issued patents ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 3
  4. 4. Fig. 1.2 Top 5 assignees for SC-FDMA published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 4
  5. 5. 2. OFDMA Patent Landscape OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access), which is a multiple access version of the well known OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing) modulation, is the most important technology in current and emerging wireless communications. Analysis for the top 25 assignees in US patents issued before May 1, 2009 shows that AT&T is the leader followed by Matsushita Electric, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Intel, and Motorola. (Fig 2.1) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 5
  6. 6. Fig. 2.1 Top 25 assignees for OFDMA issued patents ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 6
  7. 7. 3. MIMO Patent Landscape MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) is a key technology for IEEE .802.11n, WiMax, and LTE utilizing multiple antennas at both the transmitter and receiver to improve wireless communication performance. Analysis for US patents issued before May 1, 2009 and published patent applications before May 1, 2009 shows that there was a dramatic increase in patent applications recently due to active technology innovations in 4G mobile Communications. (Fig. 3.1) As for the issued patents, Qualcomm is the leader followed by Intel and Lucent as of April 30. 2009. (Fig. 3.2) As for the published patent applications, Samsung is the leader followed by Qualcomm, InterDigital, Broadcom, and TI as of April 30. 2009. (Fig 3.3) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 7
  8. 8. Fig. 3.1 Growth trends for MIMO Issued and published patents ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 8
  9. 9. Fig. 3.2 Top 10 assignees for MIMO issued patents ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 9
  10. 10. Fig. 3.3 Top 10 assignees for MIMO published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 10
  11. 11. 4. Femto Cell Patent Landscape Femto cell is an emerging technology designed for use in residential or small business area cellular base station. Research for US published patent applications shows that the femto cell technology got attention among mobile technology innovators recently Research for US published patent applications shows that the femto cell technology got attention among mobile technology innovators recently, and is expected to be very competitive in technology development near future. (Fig. 4.1) Analysis for Top 10 innovators shows that Airwalk Communications and Qualcomm are the leader followed by Via Telecom and Lucent Technologies as of June 16, 2009. (Fig. 4.2) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 11
  12. 12. Fig. 4.1 Growth trends for femto cell published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 12
  13. 13. Fig. 4.2 Top 10 assignees for femto cell published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 13
  14. 14. 5. Software Radio Patent Landscape Software radio system is a wireless communications system where components that have been implemented in HW are instead implemented using SW. Software Radio is a key technology for 4G mobile communications. Analysis for US patents issued before May 1, 2009 shows that there was a rapid increase in patent applications recently due to active technology innovations in 4G mobile communications. (Fig. 5.1) As for the issued patents, Harris Corporation is the leader followed by Ericsson and Motorola. (Fig 5.2) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 14
  15. 15. Fig. 5.1 Growth trends for software radio published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 15
  16. 16. Fig. 5.2 Top 10 assignees for software radio published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 16
  17. 17. 6. Mesh Networks Patent Landscape Mesh networks is a key technology for wireless ad hoc networks connected to each other network nodes via multiple hops. Analysis for the top 10 assignees in US patents issued before May 1, 2009 shows that Mesh Networks Inc. is the leader followed by Harris, Microsoft, Nokia, and Cisco. (Fig 6.1) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 17
  18. 18. Fig. 6.1 Top 10 assignees for Mesh Networks issued patents ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 18
  19. 19. 7. MBMS Patent Landscape MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) is a broadcasting service such as TV broadcasting and multimedia Newspapers over the cellular mobile networks. Analysis for top 10 assignees in US published patent applications before May 1, 2009 shows that Samsung is the leader followed by LG, Nokia, and Huawei. (Fig 7.1) ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 19
  20. 20. Fig. 7.1 Top 10 assignees for MBMS published patent applications ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 20
  21. 21. Thank you! • If you have any questions • please contact • Dr. Alex G. Lee • at alexglee@ techipm.com ©2009 TechIPm, LLC All Rights Reserved www.techipm.com 21

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