ElectronicsWeekly: Will 4G get stuck in the technology patent trap?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Feb 2009 21:52
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Each additional standards-based technology will add incremental cost to the product in terms of technical complexity, but also royalty costs. The mix of other technologies expected in modern handsets such as MP3, cameras, DVB-H, GPS and touch screens increase this complexity further. Handset manufacturers trying to decide on which technologies to include face the problem of patent stacking; each new technology added to the product adds a new set of patents, additional licensors and potentially new royalty costs. The main communication technology will probably dominate the royalty burden, but the cumulative bill for the entire product will be significantly higher.
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