InterDigital, Cinterion extend patent agreement, include 4G coverage

On Monday, InterDigital, Inc, a wireless telecommunications research and development company, announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, patent license agreement with Cinterion Wireless Modules. The agreement has been amended to add coverage for the 4G technologies LTE and WiMAX, and to extend the license term to 2016.



On Monday, InterDigital, Inc, a wireless telecommunications research and development company, announced that its patent holding subsidiaries have amended their worldwide, non-exclusive, patent license agreement with Cinterion Wireless Modules. The agreement has been amended to add coverage for the 4G technologies LTE and WiMAX, and to extend the license term to 2016.


The patent license, which previously provided coverage for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) modules and PC Cards, also has been expanded to cover modules for use in certain consumer electronic devices such as personal computers, tablets, and gaming devices.  The original contract was set to expire at the end of 2012.


This agreement with Cinterion (Munich, Germany) further expands the licensing of InterDigital’s 4G portfolio into areas of opportunity such as the growing markets for consumer electronic products and M2M devices, says InterDigital (King of Prussia, Penn., USA)


“At the time of the signing the original agreement in 2009, no M2M module providers or consumer electronic module providers had plans for 4G deployment,” says Larry Shay, executive vice president of intellectual property at InterDigital.  “As 4G has been increasing deployed, and as seen with our last 3 announcements (Sierra, UBlox, and Cinterion), module providers now see a need to include 4G in their agreements.


According to Shay, although InterDigital does see 4G and LTE playing a role in M2M, the company expects 4G to have a larger uptake in consumer devices.