RF Front-End Modules for Cellphones Patent Monitor

Get updated data on RF front-end module patent activity: new patents, patents expired or abandoned, latest patent transfers and patent litigation.

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The telecommunications revolution of the early 21st century has led to the development and proliferation of more and more communications devices . Recent estimates have shown that there are almost 10 mobile or cellular handsets for every person on earth. One consequence of such phenomenal growth in handset proliferation is the concomitant demand for data and has led to the need to use more of the radio spectrum. Indeed, from 4 bands in the 2000’s, we now use more than 30 bands and this number will keep increasing with the upcoming 5G. To manage all these bands, RF modules for mobile handsets have been widely developed in order to fulfil the increasing requirements.
Today we are at the first step of 5G networks that will become a RF communication standard in 2020. RF front end modules (RF FEM) are among the key components for 5G applications and their market will be highly impacted by the new standard. Indeed, according to Yole Développement, the RF FEM market will reach $22,7 M by 2022 showing a CAGR of 14%.
RF FEM players face numerous challenges that goes from device performances to packaging. Indeed, the increase number of data bands and data types result in a increasing module size, complexity and cost. Understanding the patented technologies and players’ IP strategies give a serious advantage to detect business opportunities, identify emerging solutions and anticipate competitor’s positions.

The RF FEM patent monitoring service allows you to take advantage of a monthly-updated Excel file and benefit from both quarterly analysis reports and direct interaction with our analysts. The monthly Excel files include new patents, patents expired/abandoned, patent transfers (re-assignment, licensing) and patent litigation/opposition. This useful Excel patent database allows for multi-criteria searches including priority date, patent assignees, claims and legal status of patents.  The quarterly reports provide the IP trends over the three last months, with a close look to key IP players and key patented technologies. The direct access to our analysts offers you Q&A session and open discussion on specific patented technologies or company IP portfolios.


Keep a watch on your competitors’ IP activities and their future intentions.
With the help of the patent monitoring service, you will be aware of your competitors’ current patenting activities, their IP dynamics, patent transfers including acquisitions and licenses, patent litigation, technology development and R&D strategies. You will also be able to early detect new entrants in your business area.

Keep track of the latest technology developments and be ahead of technology trends.
By keeping note of any recent patent filings, you can track the newest innovations in the field. You will get details on claimed inventions and you can follow technology developments. New technical solutions could inspire and improve your R&D activity.

Prevent registration of IP rights that may be harmful to your business.
You will obtain information on patent applications filed even before exclusive rights have been granted and you can react in time to prevent registration of IP rights that may be harmful to your business.

React in time to infringements and mitigate legal risks.
Monitoring newly-issued patents allows you to regularly assess your freedom-to-operate, ensuring your products or processes are not covered patents and thus they can be manufactured, sold or used safely without infringing valid IP rights owned by others.

Take advantage of free technologies and decrease R&D project risks.
By tracking both expired patents and abandoned patents, you will be able to identify inventions entering the public domain that you can use safely for your development.

Understand the current IP trends and IP strategy of competitors
On a quarterly basis, the report will provide the IP trends over the three last months, with a close look to key IP players and key patented technologies. Main patent applicants and their inventions, blocking patents, promising patents and key patents newly expired or abandoned will be highlighted.

Access to the IP analyst
Take advantage of direct interaction with our analysts by phone call and/or email and get specific input for specific patented technologies and company IP portfolios through Q&A session and open discussion (100h a year).

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