The advent of 5G technology expands the relevance of wireless communications beyond the domain of mobile telecommunications providers. More industries have access to faster, reliable and ubiquitous wireless data. Perkins Coie attorneys know the specifics of 5G technology as well as the legal, commercial, industrial and regulatory implications of this new wireless frontier.
Our team has been at the forefront of the 5G evolution, advising companies on broad legal issues in 5G that range from patent procurement, FCC regulations, intellectual property licensing and business transactions. Our representative experience includes:
- Competitor patent/breach of license case for a semiconductor leader involving more than three dozen foundational patents relating to the 5G base station market.
- Multiple patent license transactions relating to 5G wireless standards.
- Patent applications in technical areas such as network slicing, beam forming and management, data integrity and ciphering, non-orthogonal multiple access and millimeter wave communication in 5G.
- Patent mapping to 3GPP standards.
- Patent portfolio development to help create missing pieces of network infrastructure to facilitate wide-scale acceptance of 5G services.
- Patent portfolio development for a new physical layer (new antennas and modulation techniques) for the 5G market.
- Patent portfolio development for an international technology company in the fundamental areas in 5G communication.
Growth of 5G Technology
From 1G in the 1980s to 4G in the 2010s, wireless technology had focused primarily on higher speeds to satisfy an ever-increasing appetite for mobile phone data. With 5G however, businesses and consumers will see a plethora of new use cases beyond mobile phones, such as ultra-reliable, low-latency communication useful for autonomous vehicles, uncrewed aerial vehicles and real-time virtual reality (VR), such as in surgery. 5G will permit massive machine-type communication (mMTC), which will provide coverage to the myriad of connected devices expected with the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, including smart cities, smart homes, transportation and manufacturing.
In addition, enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) will provide gigabyte speeds, enabled by denser cellular networks (achieved via small cells and heterogeneous networks), massive MIMO, advanced beamforming and new radio access technologies via millimeter wave frequency bands. As a result, mobile phones will be able to interact with AI servers, conduct blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, and provide real-time AR/VR content, such as interactive entertainment.
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