Fraunhofer and KPN Join Sisvel’s Wi-Fi Licensing Program
Sisvel UK announced today that Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and KPN have joined Sisvel’s Wi-Fi Licensing Program which aggregates Wi-Fi patents from different patent holders. The licensing program will assure the growth and interoperability of Wi-Fi technology by providing fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory access to worldwide patent rights that are essential to the IEEE’s 802.11 Wi-Fi standard and related Wi-Fi Alliance specifications.
“We are very pleased that Fraunhofer IIS and KPN have decided to enter Sisvel’s Wi-Fi Licensing Program," said Nicholas Webb, Managing Director of Sisvel UK. “We have made substantial progress with our participating patent owners, and the joint licensing program we are putting together will promote broad-based adoption of the Wi-Fi standard”.
The addition of Fraunhofer IIS and KPN to the previous licensors further strengthens this patent pool, differentiating its offering from other licensing programs where few patents owners are represented, and makes it the most relevant “one shop stop” for licensees seeking to acquire the necessary rights to commercialize Wi-Fi enabled products.
Sisvel 802.11 Wi-Fi Joint Licensing Program
IEEE 802.11 is a family of specifications for wireless local area network (WLAN) communications in the bands from 2.4, up to 5 GHz that has continued to evolve since the official publication of the first wireless LAN standard in IEEE Std. 802.11-1997 and many subsequent enhancements. The IEEE 802.11n specification added multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and several other enhancements, and was formally adopted as IEEE Std. 802.11n-2009. More recently, the IEEE has further enhanced WLAN throughput in the 802.11ac specification.
The essential patents licensed under Sisvel Wi-Fi Licensing Program are owned by different companies.
Information about the licensors, terms and conditions of Sisvel licenses under these patents, including royalty rates and the types of products covered, is available on: www.sisvel.com
Started in 1982 when Sisvel S.p.A. was founded in Italy, the Sisvel Group has become a world leader in managing intellectual property and maximizing the value of patent rights. The Sisvel Group is global in scope and reach, with subsidiaries in Italy (Sisvel and Sisvel Technology in None Torinese), the United States (Sisvel US and Audio MPEG in Metropolitan Washington, DC), China (Sisvel Hong Kong), Japan (Sisvel Japan in Tokyo), Germany (Sisvel Germany in Stuttgart), Luxembourg (Sisvel International), and the United Kingdom (Sisvel UK), with over one hundred professionals worldwide with engineers, legal, and licensing expertise. Sisvel has a long history of managing successful patent portfolios including those related to the audio compression standards known as MP3 and MPEG Audio, and widespread technologies such as OSD (On Screen Display), ATSS (Automatic Tuning & Sorting System), and WSS (Wide Screen Signalling - for automatic switching of television image formats). Sisvel currently operates patent pools and joint licensing programs for the DVB-T, DVB-T2, LTE/LTE-A and Wi-Fi standards, together with its Sisvel Wireless licensing program and is in the process of creating a new licensing program for DVB-C2.
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