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Nokia (NOK) Inks 5G Patent Deal With Vivo, Settles Disputes

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Nokia Corporation (NOK - Free Report) recently inked a multi-year patent cross-license agreement with smartphone maker Vivo. Per the deal, Vivo is required to make royalty payments to Nokia on mutually agreed terms. The deal is likely to terminate all pending patent litigations between the two companies in all jurisdictions.

A 5G patent cross-license agreement is a legal arrangement where the parties mutually agree to license each other's 5G-related patents and emphasize developing new products and services without violating one another’s intellectual property rights.

The licensing agreement with China-based Vivo is the sixth major deal in the past 13 months, the other collaborations being with Apple, Samsung, OPPO, Honor and Huawei.

The development is likely to sustain Nokia’s licensing business in the long run and solidify its portfolio in the 5G ecosystem.

Nokia is well-positioned for the ongoing technology cycle, given the strength of its end-to-end portfolio. The company’s deal win rate is encouraging, with notable successes in the key 5G markets of the United States and China. The company invests in R&D to drive innovation, develop new technologies and maintain competitiveness in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry across the globe.

It currently has 319 commercial 5G deals with communications service providers globally. It has 110 live 5G networks, both public and private. The 5G portfolio is increasingly gaining traction among enterprise customers.

Moreover, as Nokia progresses toward the conclusion of the smartphone licensing renewal cycle, it is likely to witness healthy momentum in the fields of automotive, consumer electronics, IoT and multimedia. The company is expected to generate an annual net sales run-rate of 1.4 billion to 1.5 billion euros ($1.51 billion to $1.62 billion) in the midterm.

Since 2000, Nokia has invested around €150 billion in R&D, which is composed of around 20,000 patent families, including more than 6,000 patent families declared essential to 5G. This makes the company a leader in the patent portfolio industry. Under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, Nokia contributes its inventions to open standards in return for the right to license them.

Companies can save on a substantial investment by easily licensing Nokia’s technologies and software and not having to build their own. The collaborations are expected to foster innovations and promote the development of new products and services in the market.

The stock has declined 24.3% in the past year compared with the industry’s fall of 0.3%.

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