Nokia now has over 4,000 essential 5G patent families

Nokia now has over 4,000 essential 5G patent families Ryan is a senior editor at TechForge Media with over a decade of experience covering the latest technology and interviewing leading industry figures. He can often be sighted at tech conferences with a strong coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other. If it's geeky, he’s probably into it. Find him on Twitter (@Gadget_Ry) or Mastodon (

Nokia is among the world leaders in essential 5G patents and has secured its place with the announcement that it’s passed the 4,000 families milestone.

The Finnish vendor has invested over €130 billion (£111 billion) since 2000 on R&D to build its patent portfolio.

Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said:

“We’re proud to have reached the milestone of 4,000 high quality patent families declared as essential to 5G but the work does not stop there.

Our focus is on innovating for the future. Driving the development of the next generation of cellular standards and enabling entire industries to build upon our inventions.” 

A study released in March found that Nokia held more than 3,500 essential 5G patent families—meaning the company has created up to 500 over the past eight months alone.

The vendor contributes its inventions to open standards in return for the right to license them on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

Earlier this year, Samsung reached an agreement with Nokia to access its video standards. Under the agreement, Samsung will make undisclosed royalty payments to Nokia in return for access.

(Image Credit: Nokia)

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