As was widely reported this month, a number of leading companies in the telecoms industry, including AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, NTT DoCoMo and ZTE, have linked up with technology licensing firm Via Licensing to form a patent pool for Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless patents. According to a press release, the programme “significantly reduces the risk of litigation for those organizations that are building products or services based on the LTE standard”. This week, Via Licensing announced a one-time fee waiver for any companies that sign up to the pool by next April.

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