Ideas are assets to be protected
For a company like Orange, digital research is both a means of offering innovative products and meeting new customer needs at a very early stage, and also a way to maintain a competitive advantage over its competitors in the form of the patents.
Orange has a portfolio of 6,930 patents and over 2,000 different sets of software, some of which were developed in the course of joint research projects with start-ups or academic partners. Each year, we file more than 20 patent applications and technical contributions to standardisation.
Among the hundreds of operators worldwide, only four or five are involved in research on future digital technologies. We must capitalise on this unique work.Nicolas Demassieux, Director of Orange Research
The purpose of these patents is to:
- protect our innovations,
- capitalise on our research investments,
- protect Orange’s intellectual property during the negotiation of procurement agreements and partnerships.
In order to make the most of this veritable asset, our intellectual property, Orange uses:
- license agreements that stipulate the terms and conditions under which usage and marketing rights are granted for products protected by patents,
- the transfer of innovative technological property,
- technology spin-offs, i.e. the creation of new structures that allow us to develop and then commercialise innovations.
Orange also participates in approximately 20 groups of patent holders or “patent pools,” which the Group helps establish in order to commercialise standardised technologies and facilitate their deployment. The Group has thus made major contributions to the creation and deployment of technologies such as MP3, MPEG 4, Wi-Fi 802.11, and 4G/LTE.