5G versus WiFi 6 and HEVC/VVC versus AV1/VP9. How will technical merit and access to SEPs determine the winner?

Due to the most recent performance improvements of 5G and WiFi 6 generations, and new use cases emerging as part of the next technology revolution, there is predicted to be much more overlap between the wireless WiFi and the cellular 5G standard. But will this competition be only about the technical merit or will access to standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the differences of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) IP rights policy also play a role?

The world of video coding experiences a similar situation where the HEVC and VVC standards compete against the AV1/VP9 standards. While HEVC and VVC are known to be highly patented, AV1/VP9 was initially promoted as patent free but is now licensed through a small patent pool. Again, here we see a very different SEP landscape and differences in accessing those SEPs from multiple patent pools. How will this influence the use of these standards and who is predicted to win the race?

A panel of four experts has discussed these topics in a very lively debate in our webinar Session from Tuesday October 20th 2020. Feel free to download the webinar slides that include a link to the video recording as well as the results of the live poll.

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