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Here’s Why Nokia Is About To Get More Money Out Of Its Patents

July 13, 2016, 9:20 AM UTC
Nokia's Chief Executive Rajeev Suri addresses a press conference at the Nokia head offices in Espoo, Finland, on April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEHTIKUVA / Markku Ulander *** FINLAND OUT *** (Photo credit should read MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nokia (NOK) and Samsung (SSNLF) have expanded their patent cross-licensing deal, leading Nokia to anticipate a significant boost to its licensing sales.

Nokia’s existing deal with Samsung was last extended in 2013—the compensation for this cross-licensing pact was settled through arbitration in February of this year.

However, things have changed at Nokia quite significantly since 2013. Notably, Nokia bought out Siemens’ stake in their networking-equipment joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks, and also bought Alcatel-Lucent, a rival equipment manufacturer.

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So, on top of the 9,900 patent families already held in the portfolio of Nokia Technologies (the division that deals with licensing), the company also got 3,700 patent families through the Siemens deal, and a whopping 17,500 patent families from Alcatel-Lucent.

Nokia probably isn’t licensing the lot to Samsung, but it certainly has more to offer these days, and it said Wednesday that it expects Nokia Technologies’ annualized net sales for patent and brand licensing to grow to a run rate of around €950 million ($1.05 million) for 2016, up from €800 million for 2015.

“We welcome this expanded agreement with Samsung which recognizes the strength of our assets, and we continue to pursue new licensing opportunities across a number of diverse industries,” said Ramzi Haidamus, the president of Nokia Technologies, in a statement.

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As for Nokia’s own need for the patents of others, the Finnish firm isn’t making phones these days—just licensing its brand—but it does still make telecoms network equipment and is branching out into new areas such as studio-grade virtual reality cameras and digital health devices.

Nokia’s shares were up 4.5% Wednesday, though the company announced on the same day the transfer of 415,408 shares to participants in its equity-based incentive plans, in line with a recent adjustment.