NTT DOCOMO has reached an agreement to grant South Korea-based Samsung a patent license covering DOCOMO's standard-essential patents.
The agreement includes both parties' cooperation in business and standard setting activities. As part of the agreement, Samsung is to pay licensing fees to DOCOMO.
DOCOMO has now granted standard-essential patent licenses to more than 30 companies. DOCOMO receives licensing fees for its standard-essential patents, which are paid via patent pools or directly by individual companies.
DOCOMO plans to continue its patent licensing as a world leader in the research and development of mobile-network and service technologies for systems based on the W-CDMA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and to-be-standardized 5G standards.
In a separate news, US semiconductor company Tessera Technologies filed a lawsuit against Samsung for patent infringement. Samsung had a licensing agreement with Tessera since 1997, but the patent licence expired in December 2016, according to a statement by Tessera.