Nokia today announced it has signed its last remaining major smartphone patent license agreement and concluded its smartphone patent license renewal cycle which began in 2021. Nokia Technologies – Nokia’s licensing business – will now enter a period of stability with no major smartphone agreements expiring for a number of years.
Today’s announcement follows recent agreements with Honor, OPPO, vivo, and the new agreement now concluded with a company whose license expired earlier, as well as the license agreements signed with Apple and Samsung last year, and Huawei in December 2022.
As a result, Nokia Technologies currently has an annual net sales run-rate (contracted recurring net sales) of approximately EUR 1.3 billion, excluding catch-up net sales. In addition to the remaining addressable smartphone market, it will continue to focus on opportunities to grow the annual net sales run-rate through patent licensing in areas such as automotive, consumer electronics, IoT and multimedia, to reach a run-rate of EUR 1.4-1.5 billion in the mid-term.
Considering the many agreements Nokia Technologies has signed in the quarter, its Q1 net sales are expected to benefit from significant catch-up net sales in excess of EUR 400 million related to prior periods of non-payment. This is consistent with the assumption that Nokia provided in its Financial Report for Q4 and Full Year 2023 for Nokia Technologies to generate at least EUR 1.4 billion of operating profit in 2024 including the benefit of catch up net sales.
Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have successfully completed our smartphone license renewal cycle. These seven major agreements demonstrate the strength of Nokia’s patent portfolio and the smartphone industry’s continued reliance on Nokia’s technology in their devices. Conclusion of our smartphone license renewal cycle will enable us to focus on growing our licensing run-rate in new areas. We have already made significant progress in these growth areas and have a strong pipeline of future opportunities.”
Nokia’s industry-leading patent portfolio is built on around €150 billion invested in R&D since 2000 and is composed of around 20,000 patent families, including over 6,000 patent families declared essential to 5G. Nokia contributes its inventions to open standards in return for the right to license them on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Companies can license and use these technologies without the need to make their own substantial investments in the standards, fueling innovation and the development of new products and services for consumers.