Top licensors Ericsson, Microsoft and Nokia all see drop in year-on-year patent revenues
In a sign of just how tough and unpredictable the monetisation market has become, three of the biggest names in the game reported a drop in annual patent-related revenues during 2016.
Ericsson announced its most recent quarterly results late last month. The Swedish telecoms giant reported a steep fall of Skr5.5 billion ($622 million) in year-on-year patent licensing revenues. While that may in part be explained by last year’s results being uncommonly high due to a major settlement and licence agreement with Apple in December 2015, the company’s guidance for the years ahead suggested something more fundamental may be at play...