The increasing need for and wide implementation of standards is shaping both the market of SEP licensees and SEP holders. Today, it is not just telecoms organizations that hold SEPs. The number of SEP holders has more than doubled in the past ten years. When considering the SEP holders that have self-declared at least 10 patent families over the past 10 years the number of unique companies (considering the highest parent of larger groups) has risen from 99 in 2010 to 261 in 2020 (by factor 2.6x). The rise in the number of SEP holders has gone hand in hand with a growing number of self-declared patents, with the number of patents rising from 82,000 patents (12,000 families) in 2010 to about 305,000 (70,000 families) in 2021. These stats confirm that the number of declared patents in 10 years has more than tripled (by factor 3.5x). SEPs holders can now be found across a diverse range of industries. This is because SEPs today are crucial to almost any large company actively pursuing R&D. When considering the top 30 patent holders in the world, 93% own at least 10 patent families declared as being standard essential. Companies that do not own SEPs are typically from the pharma, chemical and manufacturing industries.

As the number of SEPs continues to rise, in this report we delve into the data to find out which companies are making the figures soar.

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