LIFT: Accelerating Market Penetration and Levelling the Playing Field

Today we announced the launch of a new pool on Wi-Fi 6 technology. One breakthrough aspect is the Licensing Incentive Framework for Technologies (LIFT), which is a structured payment scheme that eliminates the competitive disadvantage that might be caused by being one of the first companies to license a new technology: to explain, companies that take a license for a technology first may have a higher cost of goods than competitors that don’t take the license.

Sisvel’s new LIFT scheme addresses this by adjusting royalty payments based on the percentage of the market that is licensed. You can defer most of your payments unless and until when your competitors also pay.

Specifically, the commitment to pay is progressive: if only a small portion of the market is licensed, most of the liability is deferred until competitors actually pay. What isn’t paid immediately is added to a basket of unpaid liability which is also paid in accordance with the market penetration and is discounted and depreciated over time. The longer it takes for the pool to penetrate the market, the longer you can defer your royalties’ payments.

With LIFT, you enjoy the protection and certainty the license provides, but pay only a fraction of the due royalties unless and until competitors also take the license. You are protected legally and financially.

For more on LIFT, check out our website.

Sisvel is committed to creating licensing terms that work for patent owners and technology implementors, that help shorten technology time to market, accelerate market penetration, and level the playing field. LIFT is just the latest example of this commitment.

Would You Invest $2.3 Billion to Earn $2 Trillion?

Looking at the article title, the numbers have too many zeros for most investors to comfortably apprehend, but assuming that you had $2 billion lying around, would you invest it if you knew it would earn you over $2 trillion? Easy yes for any investor, every single day.

Where are we going with this? In our recent webinar, Neil Shah, partner at Counterpoint Research, reported that in 2021, close to $1.2 trillion of Wi-Fi-based devices were sold, with $1.4 billion in licensing fees paid to the inventors of Wi-Fi technology. In 2025, Counterpoint predicted that over $2 trillion worth of Wi-Fi-based devices will be sold, with $2.3 billion, a bit over 1%, paid to inventors. You can watch the webinar here ( and Neil’s presentation here (


The Value Proposition of Standards

Most who criticize patent pools or royalties in general focus on royalty payments, not top-line sales of products that royalties enabled, or the business and societal value the technology delivered. Without a robust 5G standard and its predecessors, our smartphones couldn’t interoperate, and the cellphone market would be a fraction of its current size. Without a series of DVB standards, the TV market might be a series of closed silos, with different channels requiring different TV sets. Think of how that might look in your living room or kitchen.  

Without a universal Wi-Fi standard, different coffee shops would have different wireless technologies, making connectivity the critical factor when selecting your morning brew. Your workplace or home would need multiple routers to connect to different devices using different wireless technologies. Instead of checking for workout facilities and food services when choosing a hotel, you’d have to ask about supported wireless technologies, and they might be different for your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, and laptop. You get the point.

Looking at the top line question, any investor in their right mind would pay the royalty to enter the market. Clearly, Wi-Fi, smartphone, and TV manufacturers have benefited mightily from the underlying standards. Implementors that step up and pay the royalties support the innovation system that created these technologies and their associated markets. They help fund future technology generations that deliver even more enhanced products and services.

Technology implementors that hold out and refuse to pay these royalties are seeking an advantage against competitors that play by the rules. They hinder the future progress of these standards and actually work against the best interest of their customers.

The next time you hear or read someone criticizing the patent system, patent pools, or royalties in general, think about the Wi-Fi economic funnel from Counterpoint Research. There’s almost certainly a top-line market that more than justifies the payment of royalties for the patented technologies, and a value proposition that any investor would more than willingly pay.

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