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Near Field Communication is an efficient technology for communications with short ranges. It offers an intuitive and simple way to transfer data between electronic devices. A significant advantage of this technique is the compatibility with existing RFID infrastructures. Additionally, it would bring benefits to the setup of longer-range wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth, Wifi. NFC is based on existing contactless infrastructure around the world that is already in use by millions of people on a daily basis.NFC phones also offer enhanced security, enabling the user to protect the secure applications through the phone's user interface features.
We searched for NFC patents and analyzed them for different trends within PatSeer.
Among different insights we gathered from analysis of the patents and applications filed on NFC, some of the notable ones are:
1. Research in Motion has aggressively built a large portfolio of patents and applications over NFC in the last 3 years
2. Apple hasn’t focused much on NFC and so its portfolio is ranked 13th in terms of number of unique families
3. While Electronics firms filed earlier, the last 5 years has seen most patents being filed by Mobile phone manufactures and innovations from companies such as Apple, Qualcomm, ZTE Corp and RIM have appeared only after 2007.
4. Firms focused more on Application using NFC as an enabling technology include FirstData Corp, RIM, Apple, Korea Telecom, Microsoft and Nokia.
In the second part of the report we categorize the NFC patent set and will look at further analysis of the Patents around those categories.