Demystifying the 5G standard essential patent landscape with manual SEP analysis: Phase 3

In a new report[1], Clarivate patent analysts Gaurav Sawant, Parijat Oak and Ed White identify core patents to 5G standards.

In the report Demystifying the 5G standard essential patent landscape with manual SEP (Phase 2) published in October 2021, we presented findings from our extensive review of the granted patent families declared essential to 5G as of March 31, 2021. In this latest report, we present updated analysis of patents declared as essential to 5G as of December 31, 2021.

For this report, our SEP experts used three strands of analysis, examining:

  • New patent families that had at least one granted patent against the declared 5G standards between April 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021
  • Findings from the Phase 2 report
  • Non-core patent families from the Phase 2 report for which new standards were declared from April 1, 2021

Key observations include:

  • Almost 22% of declared patent families had a significant overlap with the declared standards and are therefore ‘core’ to 5G standards.
  • 35% increase in core 5G patent families in the nine months from April 1, 2021
  • Nearly 88% of core patents are held by the top 14 companies: Huawei, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson, ZTE, Sharp, NTT Docomo, China Academy of Telecommunications Technology, Oppo, Apple, Vivo and Xiaomi.


To learn more, download and read the full report here. 




[1] Clarivate was retained to prepare this report by Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a client. This report reflects Clarivate work product and analysis.