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Patent licensing

Build on our patents to make innovative products

For more than 30 years, we have been pushing the boundaries of what's possible in communications.

Through our continuous investment in research and development (R&D), we have created one of the broadest and strongest patent portfolios in the communications industry. We hold Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) for cellular communications, wireless LAN (WLAN) and multi-media technologies.

We contribute to standards to help the industry advance and grow together and our world-class patent portfolio is available to other companies through our patent licensing programs.

We have achieved the highly respected ISO 9001 certification for Nokia's high-quality patent portfolio management.

Patent licensing works

> €130bn

invested in R&D since 2000, including €4.1 billion in 2020 alone

~ 20,000

patent families, of which more than 4,300 declared essential for one or more cellular standards


inventions on which patents were filed in 2020

To enable you to access the patented technology you need, we have dedicated teams and licensing programs for four industries: mobile devices, consumer electronics, automotive and Internet of Things. We currently have around 200 licensees, licensed through our patent licensing programs.

Our experts can help you to enter into license agreements for our SEP portfolio, so that you can add standards-compliant connectivity and video processing to your products.

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Mobile devices

If it connects to a mobile network, it uses our inventions. We work with mobile device manufacturers to license our SEPs for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G.

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Consumer electronics

Our consumer electronics team licenses SEPs for the AVC and HEVC video standards. These are used in devices such as smart TVs and personal computers.

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Connected vehicles use wireless communications to update maps and software, or download infotainment. Our automotive team licenses the patents for connectivity.

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Internet of Things

Our IoT team concludes licensing agreements for our connectivity patents, covering applications such as payment terminals, smart meters and asset tracking.

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SEP licensing principles

We support patent licensing under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

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Join us on a journey through several decades of Nokia innovation, by browsing our interactive innovations gallery.

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If you have any queries about licensing our patents in your products, or if your industry is not represented above, please contact us.