Commscope and Kathrein ink cross-license agreement

As per the agreement, both companies will have direct access to the other firm’s patents and technologies.

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Commscope and Kathrein ink cross-license agreement Ben Cardwell, senior vice president, CommScope Mobility Solutions.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  April 9, 2017

Network infrastructure solution providers Commscope and Kathrein, have announced a long-term global agreement that will see cross-licensing of portions of their patent portfolios.

Under this new agreement, both companies will be able to access and utilise each firm's patents and technologies. In turn, this will give each company the opportunity to develop novel services and remain competitive in the global market.

Ben Cardwell, senior vice president, CommScope Mobility Solutions, said: "This is a win-win for both parties, demonstrating our mutual commitment to innovation and wireless industry development."

He added: "CommScope engineers will enjoy greater freedom of design, accelerating our research and development in antennas and filters, while Kathrein gains access to our valuable digital DAS patents."

In addition to becoming the first company that Commscope has licensed to its digital DAS patent portfolio, Kathrein has reportedly agreed to put up an upfront payment and pay ongoing royalties, specific to the portfolio. Meanwhile, CommScope gains access to Kathrein's lineup of passive base station antenna and filters.

Commenting on the announcement, Jürgen Walter, executive vice president, Solutions Division, Kathrein, shared: "This agreement reflects the two leading companies' joint view that innovation sharing and standardization of technology is critical to driving and accelerating industry evolution as we head into 5G customer requirements and future deployments."

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