IPCom itself has a significant patent portfolio that covers all aspects of mobile network and device technology, including core and RAN, mobile messaging, applications and services. These patents and standards extend beyond mobile network infrastructure to include enhancements for IoT devices, smart wearables and applications for vertical use cases such as transport and manufacturing.
For the last decade, our R&D department has presided over our global patent portfolio, which includes 35 patent families that are essential for the key mobile communications standards that support 2G (GMS), 2.5G (GPRS), 3G (UMTS) and LTE. Our portfolio of standard essential patents covers the full scope of mobile telecommunications, including user experience, multimedia messaging, packet data transmission and digital rights management.
Our comprehensive – and growing – portfolio of patents exists to protect ideas, and the people behind them.
IPCom's current patent portfolio including non-standard essential patents encompasses over 200 patent families in the field of mobile communications, with more than 1,000 patents registered in Europe, the US and Asia, most of which have been granted.
SMART METER GATEWAY
Smart meters are coming to Germany! To help drive the nationwide roll-out of energy-saving IoT devices, IPCom has launched its Smart Gateway Licensing Program (SMGW).
The Metering Point Operation Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz, MsbG) has stipulated the replacement of traditional meters with internet-connected ‘smart’ devices, marking a sizeable step towards a greener, more sustainable Germany. But to be successful, those companies involved in the roll-out must ensure that their assets meet the requirements of the certification process, and deliver optimum quality of service for end-users.
Who is SMGW for?
IPCom's SMGW Licensing Program will enable IoT system and application developers who are not traditionally IP experts – such as those in the utilities industry – to ensure that their assets are fully licensed and comply with EU standards and regulations. It will also enable licensees to monetise their assets by protecting them against infringement.
The Program provides complete transparency for retailers of smart meters, as they can ensure that they are buying, stocking and reselling compliant products, helping to avoid disruptions to their supply chains and mitigate financial and legal risks.
How will SMGW help my business?
IPCom's SMGW Licensing Program is your gateway to IP. The electronic LSCD will make it easy to distinguish between licensed and unlicensed assets, and working with IPCom means partnering with a team of experienced legal and IP experts who will help you navigate the complex IP litigation landscape.
The Program offers a straightforward route for manufacturers and others to move into and capitalise on the IoT economy. It offers peace of mind for retailers. And it ensures that those using intelligent metering infrastructure (be they businesses or home owners) are running devices that provide them with the greatest cost- and energy-saving benefits.
WHAT IS SMGW?
Being internet-connected (or ‘smart’), each Smart Meter communicates inside and outside its local network, e.g. with the local consumer for checking his/her power consumption of the last day or week or with the power supplier and the grid operator to allow timely accounting for consumed energy.
To ensure the communication of each Smart Meter in a local network is save and respects security, privacy and reliability demands, a Smart Meter Gateway (SMGW) is established as the single central communication component in a local network. The SMGW collects metering data from smart meters and securely stores and distributes that data. The SMGW is considered by the national regulator a part of the critical infrastructure and therefore has to comply with exact technical specifications, get a certificate proving this compliance and be installed and operated according to clearly defined guidelines.
This technology is patented, and as every Smart Meter Gateway must use this technology, every Smart Meter Gateway must also be covered by a License Status Confirmation Document (LSCD). The MsbG and roll-out of a smart infrastructure presents a significant opportunity for manufacturers, but only if they take the crucial legal due diligence during this initial deployment stage.
The SMGW logo is a recognised and trusted symbol for retailers looking to stock fully licensed products. It’ll help prevent patent infringement by other players and will bring transparency to the tech IP playing field.