Brace Yourselves for a 5G Patents Punch-Up

January 24, 2020

As Chinese rivals ramp up their filings and shout loud about their portfolios, wireless and video technology patents specialist InterDigital has taken what looks like the bold step of unveiling its IPR (intellectual property rights) pricing structure in an effort to become a more transparent company.

Taken in isolation, such a move is to be applauded, providing some insight into what can often appear to be a byzantine market for mobile device IP license payments that is understood almost exclusively by its participants, a phalanx of lawyers, and the smartphone vendors that have to write the licensing checks, but few others.