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The patent pool for lte-m and nb-iot

Sisvel Cellular IoT patent pool brings together more than 30 patent owners with a combined portfolio of thousands of patents. It makes these patents easily available for IoT technology implementers to license on reasonable, equal and predictable terms, in a single transaction.

The terms of the licence and the royalty rates, which start at just US$0.08 per unit, have been designed with the central objective of encouraging greater use of LTE-M and NB-IoT in all IoT devices. After all, we all want to see the cellular IoT space grow further.

The pool represents a significant share of all patents related to LTE-M and NB-IoT, creating efficiencies for all parties.


Thousands of patents essential to the LTE-M/ NB-IoT standards

More than 30 patent owners

Royalties ranging from as low as US$0.08 per unit up to a maximum $2

Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions

Patents go through an independent third-party essentiality evaluation


The royalty rates for Sisvel Cellular IoT programme are offered on a per unit fee basis as follows:

Royalty per unit***


Selling price of US$6 or less

US$ 0.08

Selling price of US$6-US$20

US$ 0.35

Selling price of over US$20

US$ 0.66


Smart Sensor Devices

Selling price of US$6 or less

US$ 0.08

Selling price of US$6-US$20

US$ 0.35

Selling price of US$20-US$60

US$ 0.66

Selling price of US$60-US$130 **

US$ 1.33

Smart Utility Metering Devices

US$ 2.00

* The LTE-M royalty rate also applies to multimode devices featuring both LTE-M and NB-IoT standard data connectivity. ** Sisvel is available to discuss applicable royalty rates for LTE-M Smart Sensor Devices with a selling price of over US$130. *** Please note that the listed rates represent the current royalty structure of the Sisvel Cellular IoT programme and may be subject to alteration in case of substantial changes to market conditions.

List of patent owners

The Sisvel Cellular IoT programme offers a licence to the all the LTE-M and NB-IoT standard essential patents (SEPs) held by:

* Excluding patents held by Via Licensing Alliance LLC and its subsidiaries.

Are you a Nordic Semiconductor customer?

Sisvel has entered into an agreement that enables Nordic Semiconductor to grant its customers sub-licences to the Sisvel Cellular IoT patent pool. If you plan to buy LTE-M/NB-IoT modules from Nordic, you may obtain a licence for your end products directly from Nordic at the time of purchase. Contact your Nordic representative for more information.

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