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Qualcomm signs agreement with EURECOM, IMT and France Brevets to support tech research for future 5G standards

Mar 4, 2019PARIS

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France Brevets, IMT and EURECOM today announced a joint agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) to foster research into new technologies for future 5G standards. Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm will contribute funding and standards expertise to support wireless communications research by EURECOM and its partner organization Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), while France Brevets will provide support in the area of intellectual property strategy.

“5G has the potential to be one of the greatest platforms for innovation and economic growth in technology history,” said Alex Rogers, executive vice president and president, Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “This agreement with EURECOM and France Brevets to support fundamental 5G research in Europe aims to expand the potential for 5G technology in Europe and beyond.”

“As a leading teaching and research institution, EURECOM has a proven track record of fundamental research in cutting-edge wireless technologies. We are particularly interested in focusing our research on key 5G areas like ultra-long-range channel coding, multi-antenna processing, and auto V2X signaling,” said Professor David Gesbert, Head of Communications Systems, EURECOM. “Qualcomm’s support will greatly help develop the next generation of wireless technologies. Through the collaboration with Qualcomm and France Brevets, EURECOM will develop a standardization activity aiming to leverage its expertise in 5G system design through active contributions to the 3GPP," added Raymond Knopp, Professor at EURECOM and President of the OpenAirInterface Sofware Alliance [OSA].

“Institut Mines-Télécom will support part of IP activity generated by the research collaboration. IMT is deeply involved in 5G standards and technologies. It’s a great opportunity for us to improve our positioning in the 5G ecosystem, and to develop a strong relationship with one of the most influential players on the market,” said Christian Picory-Donné, Head of TechTransfer and Partnerships, IMT.

“France Brevets’s mission is to support companies and individuals in the protection of their innovations,” said Yann Dietrich, Senior Vice President, Licensing and IP Counsel at France Brevets. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to support European research into the next generation of wireless communication technologies, especially ahead of the 5G rollout. This agreement is ground-breaking as it will enable public research institutes and SMEs to take part in the 5G standardisation in France.”

The agreement also includes the creation of an annual event for French researchers to learn about how to get involved in 3GPP and promote their technologies into upcoming 5G standards.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Since the inception of EURECOM, the Communication Systems Department has produced world-renowned scientific contributions spanning digital signal processing for mobile communications, information theory, cellular radio systems and wireless networking protocols. In addition to fundamental research, the Institute has strong expertise in open-architecture multi-way real-time radio platforms for use in publicly-funded research projects aiming at demonstrating innovations at all protocols layers (RF to applications). In 2014, it founded the OpenAirInterface (OAI) Software Alliance ( to allow its 3GPP software packages to be used and extended by a world-wide academic-industry open-source community. As of 2018, EURECOM has a European H2020 5GPPP facility for hosting 5G indoor and outdoor experiments around its premises.
EURECOM enjoys a worldwide reputation as a research center in digital sciences.  Its cutting-edge research and technology is the result of the recruitment of international professors from a wide spectrum, as well on its reactivity, its expertise in interdisciplinary projects, and its multiple partnerships.  In 2006, EURECOM was awarded the “Institut Carnot” label jointly with the Institut Mines Télécom for the quality of its research partnerships.
EURECOM chose to focus its research activities on three main areas: communication systems, digital security, and data science.
For more information, visit EURECOM’s website, Twitter and Facebook pages

About IMT
Institut Mines-Télécom is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research for innovation in the fields of engineering and digital technology. Always tuned in to the economic world, it combines high academic and scientific legitimacy with close business relations and a unique positioning in 3 major transformations of the 21st century: Digital Affairs, Energy and Ecology, and Industry. Its training and research for innovation are conducted in the Mines and Télécom Graduate Schools under the supervision of the Minister for Industry and Electronic Communications, in one subsidiary and in institutions that are associate partners or under contract. Institut Mines-Télécom is a founding member of the Industry of the Future Alliance. It has two Carnot labels for the quality of its research partnerships. Every year, around one hundred startup companies leave its incubators.

About France Brevets
France Brevets is a company that strives to ensure the value and protection of high-potential technological innovations. A unique entity within Europe, France Brevets’ mission is to provide leading, high-level expertise in patents and intellectual property and partner with research institutes and companies of all sizes. It activates a variety of programs around the evaluation, assessment, optimization and co-construction of patent portfolios so as to increase the chances of growth and success for its partners within European and international markets. Supported by the French state and the Caisse des Dépôts, France Brevets deploys experts in France, Asia (China, Japan and Korea) as well as North America.
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