Aqua Licensing to sell former Nokia & Alcatel-Lucent patents

Friday 25 August 2017 | 08:17 CET | News

Aqua Licensing was retained to manage the sale of a large telecommunications patent portfolio that was previously owned by Nokia and developed by Alcatel-Lucent / Bell Labs, Nokia Technologies and Nokia Networks. The portfolio consists of 4,260 patent families, comprised of 6,069 granted patents and 734 patent applications. The portfolio includes patent families from six technology clusters, 'Wireless,' 'Services,' 'IP and networks,' 'Access fixed and optical networks,' 'Hardware' and 'Components and user experience, mechanics and materials.'

The patents have been acquired by an investment entity established to manage the orderly liquidation of the assets. Some of the patents will be made available through Aqua's IP Investor Pool to venture backed startups.

Alcatel-Lucent was formed in 2006 through a combination of the Alcatel and Lucent Technologies businesses. The assets include patents from the former AT&T Bell Labs Laboratory, which is now owned by Nokia, following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia. The portfolio is predominately made up of former Alcatel-Lucent patents, which make up 82 percent of the assets offered.

The portfolio is being made available for cash purchase, in whole or in part, on a first-come, first-served basis. Offers will be considered for large or small lots, although individual families will not be broken.

Aqua will offer discrete sub-sets of the purchased assets designed to be of interest to buyers in specific markets.

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