Liaison statement
NGMN Recommendations regarding the Transparency of SEP Disclosures

State Posted
Posted Date 2017-06-06
From Group NGMN
From Contact NGMN Office
To Group IETF
To Contacts The IETF Chair
The IETF Chair
Response Contact
Purpose For information
Attachments NGMN Recommendations regarding the Transparency of SEP Disclosures
1. About the NGMN Alliance
The NGMN Alliance is an industry organization of leading world-wide Telecom Operators, Vendors and Research Institutes (see and was founded by international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations. The NGMN Alliance will drive and guide the development of all future mobile broadband technology enhancements with a focus on 5G. The targets of these activities are supported by the strong and well-established partnership of worldwide leading operators, vendors, universities, and successful co-operations with other industry organisations.

2. NGMN 5G Work-Programme, IPR Eco-System for 5G SEP
In February 2015 the NGMN Alliance published its 5G White Paper providing consolidated 5G operator requirements ( With reference to IPR, NGMN is developing recommendations and an implementation strategy supporting a more transparent and predictable IPR eco-system for 5G Standards Essential Patents (SEP) across industries that will support sustainable implementation of 5G technologies and ensure that innovation is stimulated and innovators appropriately rewarded. One of the business objectives is to make 5G accessible for all types of devices from high-end smartphones and tablets down to low-end MTC (Machine Type Communication) devices such as smoke detectors and sensors. In support of this objective, the IP licensing terms and conditions for 5G market should be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory so as to enable sustainable and successful mass deployment of any 5G service or Product Type including MTC devices to support the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the objectives is to improve the transparency of 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) Disclosures.

3. Recommendations

In order to achieve this objective, NGMN is kindly requesting Standards Developing Organizations working on 5G technologies to consider the recommendations in the enclosed Annex relating to the disclosure and licensing of patents and patent applications (collectively, “Patents”) as potentially essential to a standard. NGMN is continuing to improve the recommendations and may come up with further updates. Any feedback on the recommendations in this Liaison Statement will be appreciated.