NGMN Recommendations regarding the Transparency of SEP Disclosures
|From Contact||Klaus Moschner|
|To Contacts||The IETF Chair|
The IETF Chair
|Attachments||180627 Liaison NGMN IPR Forum|
1. About the NGMN Alliance The NGMN Alliance is an industry organization of leading world-wide Telecom Opera-tors, Vendors and Research Institutes (see www.ngmn.org) and was founded by interna-tional network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and per-formance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations. The NGMN Alliance will drive and guide the development of all future mo-bile broadband technology enhancements with a focus on 5G. The targets of these activi-ties are supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organ-isations. 2. NGMN 5G Work-Programme, IPR Eco-System for 5G SEP In February 2015 the NGMN Alliance published its 5G White Paper providing consoli-dated 5G operator requirements (https://www.ngmn.org/5g-white-paper.html). With ref-erence to IPR, NGMN is developing recommendations and an implementation strategy supporting a more transparent and predictable IPR eco-system for 5G Standards Essen-tial Patents (SEP) across industries that will support sustainable implementation of 5G technologies and ensure that innovation is stimulated and innovators appropriately re-warded. One of the business objectives is to make 5G accessible for all types of devices from high-end smartphones and tablets down to low-end MTC (Machine Type Commu-nication) devices such as smoke detectors and sensors. In support of this objective, the IP licensing terms and conditions for 5G market should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory so as to enable sustainable and successful mass deployment of any 5G service or Product Type including MTC devices to support the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the objectives is to improve the transparency of 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) Disclosures. 3. Recommendations In order to achieve this objective, NGMN is kindly requesting Standards Developing Or-ganizations working on 5G technologies to consider the recommendations in the en-closed Annex relating to the disclosure and licensing of patents and patent applications (collectively, “Patents”) as potentially essential to a standard. NGMN is continuing to im-prove the recommendations and may come up with further updates. Any feedback on the recommendations in this Liaison Statement will be appreciated. References None.