Nokia Just Sold Hundreds of Its "Essential" Wireless Patents

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Sisvel International, the notorious IP management firm that made headlines in 2010 by teaming with Apple and Siemens to call in a police raid at the CeBIT trade show, is rearming itself. The company announced yesterday that it has acquired hundreds of Nokia-owned wireless patents. Who's ready for some litigation?

According to Sisvel, it has purchased 47 patent families—comprised of 450 separate patents and applications—that were originally filed by Nokia. 350 of of these, Nokia had deemed "essential" to multiple wireless standards including GSM, UMTS/WCDMA and LTE. A large number also deal with video encoding optimization—understandable given Sisvel's extensive existing video technology patent pools.

"Sisvel has been extremely active in recent years working with the wireless industry to provide simplified access to essential wireless patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, conditions," said Sisvel CEO Giustino de Sanctis in a press release. We'll have to wait and see if Sisvel's "fair and reasonable" methodology results in any additional police actions. [BGR - Engadget Image: The AP]