Each time telecom patent holders Ericsson and Qualcomm flex their muscles, an Indian Original Equipment Manufacturer loses out. Can they keep this up?
Ericsson, the Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer, has been using litigation as part of its strategy to get more licensees in India
In contrast, Qualcomm, another major telecom patent owner in India, has been using advocacy and academic grants to law schools
The Indian OEMs like Micromax and Intex are caught between these patent enforcers and the invasion of Chinese smartphones
India needs to try and do for telecom what it did with pharma or biotechnology i.e. incentivise research and development
“These guys were scary smart and know how to position themselves in every part of the wireless ecosystem” – Om Malik
The “scary smart” guys veteran technology journalist Om Malik was referring to in his 2005 article was Qualcomm.
In 2010 India was the market that helped Qualcomm conclusively establish LTE as the global 4G standard, defeating rival Intel’s WiMAX. The sheer size of the Indian telecom market was large enough to tilt the scales (China was already LTE). So high were the stakes that Qualcomm spent $1 billion to buy spectrum in the cities of Mumbai and…
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