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5G/Telecommunications Practice Group

The development and roll-out of 5G telecommunications networks promises to revolutionize the delivery of information, video content and the interconnection of devices across the globe.  These advanced telecommunications networks will not only improve the speed at which information is transferred and acquired, but it will reduce the latency in networks to negligible levels and greatly improve the quality of data communication.  5G mobile communications technology will provide the core technology that will enable near instantaneous and real-time communication and transfer of data between various devices on a wireless network.  This technology has enabled the development of self-driving cars, autonomous drones, virtual reality, ultra-fast access to the internet for smartphones and other devices, and the cost-effective storage, retrieval and analysis of massive data sets in the cloud.  The connection of the home and the car to the internet, along with virtually any other device (the “internet of things”) is also a substantial benefit.  The potential uses and benefits of 5G networks and technologies appear endless and are being expanded every day. 

Owners of patents which claim technology used in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless systems have had the ability to control or influence how those mobile technologies are used in smartphone and computer applications for many years.  Owners of patents which claim technology that embodies the 5G standards will likely exert similar control and influence on those high-speed broadband networks, and the multitude of devices that operate within them.  Any company which owns 5G Standard Essential Patents will therefore be able to receive royalties from any other company which applies or implements that technology in their device or network system.  This makes obtaining strong families of patents within the mandatory and optional 5G standards specifications essential for any company that wishes to be an innovator and remain competitive in this industry.

NSIP Law’s patent attorneys have decades of experience working with major international corporations, research institutions and universities to assist them with protecting their wireless and wireline telecommunications technologies.  NSIP Law’s patent attorneys possess a detailed knowledge and deep understanding of 5G mobile communications networks and the devices that are connected to them.  They are intimately familiar with the standard 5G specifications set by the Technical Standards Group (3GPP 5NR), including their mandatory and optional portions. 

Our patent attorneys also have many years of experience working with clients in the context of predecessor and complementary technologies, including GSM/GPRS and CDMA formats, 3G, 4G, LTE, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and 802.16 (WiMAX), which provides them with a unique perspective regarding the magnitude of the technological advances and opportunities that 5G technology presents.  This enables NSIP Law to provide our clients with professionals who are experienced in each 5G standard technology category and each product technology, such as the physical layer, the MAC layer, and RRC layer in UMTS(3G), as well as LTE (4G) and RF / Antenna technologies.

Our patent attorneys also possess extensive experience with the technologies that are integral to the consumer devices and other User Equipment which connects to the advanced 5G networks, such as smartphones and computer systems.  A thorough understanding of the 5G standards documents and the Patent Pool Licensing Policies of the standardization organization (3GPP 5NR) will allow NSIP Law to assist our clients with optimizing their opportunities to obtain Standard Essential Patents and to maximize the royalty revenue that they derive from their 5G/telecommunications patent families.

5G Telecommunications Practice Group

Whether it be the hardware layers, signal formation and composition or the products connected to the 5G networks, our experienced patent attorneys understand how to describe its technical functions and operation, and claim its innovative qualities as your intellectual property.  Our patent attorneys regularly work with 5G and telecommunications technologies in the following fields:

  • 5G - Radio Access Network (RAN)

    • Layer 1 – Physical layer
    • Layer 2 – Medium Access Control (MAC) layer
    • Layer 3 – Radio Resource Control (RRC) layer
  • Antenna & RF (Radio Frequency) Technology

    • Beamforming (Smart Antenna)
    • MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output)
  • Mobility Management & Handover.

  • Spreading sequences & Multiplexing.

  • Connected products: smartphones, tablets, “the internet of things.”

Our patent attorneys also work to continually remain up-to-date on the latest decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in order to maintain a complete understanding of the types of computer implemented inventions in the advanced wireless communication field that may be eligible for patenting under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.  They are therefore able to focus on the most effective ways in which to describe and claim 5G wireless communication inventions in the patent application in order to enhance their patent eligibility, as well as avoid or overcome rejections of the patent claims by the patent examiners at the USPTO.

5G Telecommunications Practice Group

Our experienced patent and trademark attorneys collectively have decades of experience in assisting clients with protecting every aspect of their wireless telecommunication-based inventions.  In particular, we have distinguished ourselves by providing a comprehensive solution to the protection of this important area of intellectual property, including the following demonstrated capabilities:

  • Working with clients to put in place policies and procedures which identify and document 5G/telecommunications-related inventions that may be eligible for intellectual property protection, especially those which embody a 5G standard, which may therefore be declared as a Standard Essential Patent.

  • Counseling clients regarding whether, and what aspects of their 5G/telecommunications-related inventions may be eligible for utility patent protection.

  • Working with clients to create and implement a robust patent management strategy that includes maximizing the acquisition of Standard Essential Patents within the 5G standardization process, as well as technical patents which claim innovations in consumer products that represent applications and implementations of 5G technologies.

  • Utilizing our extensive knowledge and experience of the standard setting process to provide strategic advice for each stage of 5G standardization and our clients’ participation in it.

  • Working with clients to prepare the specification and claims for 5G/Telecommunications-related utility patent applications, with reference to the most recent Court and PTAB decisions, in order to maximize the likelihood that the invention will be found patent eligible under the Alice v. CLS Bank

  • Applying their extensive technical understanding of 5G and telecommunications technologies to work with Patent Examiners at the USPTO in order to resolve rejections of the patent claims that are based on the description of the 5G/telecommunications invention in the specification, or the claiming of the invention in view of the prior art that is of record in the case. Such efforts often involve educating the Examiner regarding the technology, how it functions, and why the prior art would not apply. 

  • Assisting clients with establishing a licensing program for maximizing the royalty revenue streams that they may derive from licensing their patents as a Standard Essential Patent, or as a patent that is essential to a particular application or implementation of 5G technology to commercial products.

  • Assisting clients with Inter-Partes Review and Post-Grant review proceedings, whether as Petitioner or Respondent.

  • Preparing infringement, validity and other “freedom to operate” opinions for our clients in the telecommunications field.

  • Our Design Patent and Trademark Group assists our clients with preparing and prosecuting design patent applications which claim the ornamental visual features of the static or animated graphical user interfaces and interactive user experiences that may be associated with their 5G-based inventions, as well as the ornamental designs of the products which embody such inventions. Our Design Patent and Trademark Group has been consistently ranked among the top practice groups of its kind in the United States.  In particular, the dedicated professionals within this group have been pioneers in expanding the types of computer-based designs and wireless device designs that will be accepted for patenting by the USPTO.

  • Our Design Patent and Trademark Group also assists clients with the registration, policing and enforcement of the trademark rights for the brand names and design logos that are associated with their 5G and telecommunications inventions and the products which embody them.

Please contact our Managing Partner, Charles Y. Park, at Charles@nsiplaw.com in order to discuss how NSIP Law may assist you with your 5G and telecommunications-based inventions.

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