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Ericsson: Ericsson establishes industry patent licensing platform for IoT

* Creation of an independent industry patent licensing platform for Internet
of Things (IoT), intended to be an efficient market place for vertical
businesses' technology licensing needs
* Platform to license on behalf of the joining patent holders, aiming to
simplify access to standardized technology
* Adds to Ericsson's existing IPR&Licensing business strategy, expanding go
to market opportunities

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced an initiative to accelerate the
development of Internet of Things (IoT) by establishing a platform for
licensing of standardized technology to device manufacturers, spanning from
autonomous cars to irrigation sensors. The platform, operated by an
independent company, will adopt a revenue sharing model for contributing
companies and receive a mandate to license on behalf of the joining patent
holders, aiming to simplify access to standardized technology.

This will be an additional go to market model for Ericsson, continuing to
build on its IPR&Licensing business strategy to secure a fair return on its
R&D investment. Ericsson will make its patents for relevant technologies
available through the platform.

The intention of the platform is to be an efficient market place for vertical
businesses' technology licensing needs, with flat per unit licensing fees for
the various verticals that reflect how much of the connectivity technology a
device uses. Companies can incorporate years of R&D and innovation in their
business models by getting access to essential technology and leverage on the
global network. This will enable them to reduce time to market and reach
scale faster.

The new platform will be headed by Kasim Alfalahi, who will leave his current
role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of IPR&Licensing at

Alfalahi says: "We are initiating this market place following discussions with
both wireless industry players and key players in industry verticals. This
platform shows Ericsson's and my personal commitment to provide a solution
that works to the benefit of all parts of the ecosystem."

According to the latest edition of Ericsson Mobility Report, around 28 billion
connected devices are expected by 2021, of which 15 billion will be connected
machine to machine and consumer electronics devices.

Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, says: "Under Kasim's leadership
Ericsson has established a leading position in the IPR licensing market. As
more and more industries embrace connectivity and the Internet of Things, it
is crucial that essential technology is accessible and that innovators
continue to get fair returns on R&D investments. With his experience Kasim is
the right person to drive this exciting new opportunity to accelerate market

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Ericsson establishes industry patent licensing platform for IoT


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