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Roundtable: China looks ahead to 5G

By Bing Zhao

As 5G moves closer to becoming a reality, Chinese firms are set to play a major role. Stakeholders from key Chinese and foreign contributors and implementers discuss the most urgent IP issues they face going forward

The fifth generation (5G) of wireless technology promises a sea change. In addition to an upgrade in existing connection speeds and data volumes, it will bring interconnectivity to a wider range of devices and empower the invention of totally new technologies. Patents in the 5G area are characterised by their broad applicability across industries. All that additional activity means that a lot of new stakeholders in totally new industry verticals will be entering the licensing space. And we do not yet know exactly what that will look like.

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