The smart factory will be driven by disruptive technologies, such as AI-controlled robots, cloud-monitored machines, real-time sensors, automation technologies connected to the Cloud, and augmented reality. All the said technologies will use connectivity standards to enable communication between all physical parts of a factory. To ensure connectivity in smart factories, private 5G networks connect machines and production streets to the cloud, Wi-Fi allows data transmission within factories, and video compression standards such as VVC will enable smart factory VR applications as well as camera based robotic vision or surveillance.
Standards such as 4G/5G, Wi-Fi or VVC are subject to thousands of so called standard essential patents (SEPs). Yet many companies in the manufacturing industry have no access to SEPs, which creates legal risks and uncertainty as connectivity standards are fully implemented in existing smart factory systems. Moreover, many of the manufacturing companies that adopt standards subject to SEPs, have little expertise in negotiating SEP licenses.
Understanding the overall SEP landscape, however, is critical for the smooth connectivity standard adoption, maintaining profitability, and protecting the capacity to sell new products, components or systems with enough access to third-party patent rights. In this webinar we will discuss the role of SEPs for connectivity technologies for the smart factory application, provide an overview of the landscape of declared SEPs, pooled SEPs as well as discuss standards development initiatives that are relevant or will become relevant for the manufacturing sector.