Posts Tagged ‘GSM’

A “Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights” in a Global world of standards and competition policies

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The IPR Strategy recognizes explicitly that IPRs create a host of ways for innovators to extract value and reward, and that each is valid. It recognizes that businesses should not be hampered in finding new models to value their IPR. Most strikingly for the standards world, the Communication expressly recognizes in the context of standardization that licensing is an important part of it and that “many European companies nowadays generate a large part of their revenue through licensing of their IP portfolios (page 5)”. The IPR strategy only refers to standardization once, at page 5, and it is interesting that the text looks only at the importance of IP licensing regimes (and by implication the success of the current FRAND patent policy underlying the global standards world), not only in fostering take up for standards, but in incentivizing repeat contributions to allow the standards to evolve. However, as relates the text’s reference to ‘diligent management of IPR’, the management of IPR should be based on commercial decisions, not state involvement (as occurs in copyright). The GSM patent pool model is not necessarily capable of replication.  The success of UMTS, also referred to in the Communication is based on an open licensing model.  It is up to the owners of IPR to decide how best to manage their IPR, and if they are considering joining a standards organizations that standards organization’s IPR rules are clear and balanced so that potential members can make decisions about participation.
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Upcoming: Balancing Antitrust and IPR Protection in EU Legislation

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The IPR Strategy recognizes explicitly that IPRs create a host of ways for innovators to extract value and reward, and that each is valid. It recognizes that businesses should not be hampered in finding new models to value their IPR. Most strikingly for the standards world, the Communication expressly recognizes in the context of standardization that licensing is an important part of it and that “many European companies nowadays generate a large part of their revenue through licensing of their IP portfolios (page 5)”. The IPR strategy only refers to standardization once, at page 5, and it is interesting that the text looks only at the importance of IP licensing regimes (and by implication the success of the current FRAND patent policy underlying the global standards world), not only in fostering take up for standards, but in incentivizing repeat contributions to allow the standards to evolve…..


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Interview with Nav Bains, Mobile Money Director, GSMA

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

This exclusive interview with Nav Bains – Mobile Money Director, GSMA – was conducted for Talkstandards.com via email during October 2010 in relation to the Open Forum Mobile Money for the Unbanked.


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CASE STUDY: M-PESA

Friday, October 1st, 2010

There are currently around 1 million people worldwide who, although without access to traditional banking facilities, own a mobile phone. Further this number of unbanked mobile users is expected to grow to around 1.7 billion by 2012. This growth is driving the development of alternative banking systems, particularly in developing countries. Mobile money allows the transferring of funds between individuals or the payment in retail settings using mobile phones.


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Vertical vs Horizontal Mobile Apps Models

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

In February, 24 of the world’s largest telecoms announced the formation of an alliance – the Wholesale Applications Community – to provided a unified and open platform for the rapidly growing – both in magnitude and fragmentation – mobile application market. The stated aim to enable developers to “deploy a single application across multiple devices (through the use of standard technologies) and across multiple operators”, which will lower costs and improve both the quality and quantity of mobile applications available to consumers.


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The VOLGA flows in mysterious ways

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Last week, I was in Amsterdam as a speaker/analyst at the LTE world series in Amsterdam which is a top Telecoms conference especially for the Operator community. LTE is about ‘Beyond 3G’ networks and that’s an area with lots of standardization discussions (see here and here). At Amsterdam, there were two relevant themes for TalkStandards. I will cover one here (Voice standardization in 4G networks) and I will create a separate post for the other (IPR issues for 4G networks).

There is an informal joke in Telecoms circles which goes like this: When we created 3G we forgot about data, when we created 4G we forgot about voice!


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