New research puts annual licensing return from mobile market at $14.3 billion or just over $7 a phone 04 Oct 16
Exactly how much is being made from licensing patents to mobile phone manufacturers has become a touchstone issue in recent years leading to some wildly different numbers. The perceived power that the likes of Qualcomm, Nokia and Ericsson hold over the manufacturing community was underlined by a 2014 paper from WilmerHale and Intel which estimated that on a hypothetical $400 phone the royalty stack could be in excess of $120.
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