5G standards and the stark divide between innovators and implementers

The article finds that, despite the tremendous potential offered by 5G, the innovator/implementer divide remains deep: more than 70% of the technical contributions, forming the standard, have been submitted by just 10 companies. The numbers highlight why government and regulatory bodies must balance innovation stimulation with IP protection to safeguard the reinvestment cycle. This article, by Georgios Effraimidis and Kirti Gupta, first appeared in IAM.