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Ericsson and Huawei extend global patent cross licence agreement

Ericsson and Huawei have expanded their global patent licensing deal.

The agreement includes a cross licence that covers patents relating to both companies' wireless standard-essential patents (including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards). Under the agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company's standard essential patents and technologies globally.

As part of the renewed agreement, Huawei will make ongoing royalty payments based upon actual sales to Ericsson from 2016 and onwards.

Jianxin Ding, Head of Global Intellectual Property, Huawei Technologies, said: "This new agreement reflects the two leading companies' joint view that innovation and intellectual property rights shall be protected, and reasonable compensation for the implementation of intellectual property rights is vital to promoting technology innovation, sharing and standardising technology, driving and accelerating industry evolution."

Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson, says: "In the future, everyone and everything will be connected through the Networked Society and Internet of Things. Our role is to drive this transformation, opening up new ways to innovate, to collaborate, and to empower people, business, and society".

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