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Samsung's India R&D center playing crucial role in global 5G development: CTO

Number of visits: date: 2018-05-09

NEW DELHI: Korean technology major Samsungsaid that its research and development (R&D) center in Bangalore is playing an important part of the company’s overall fifth-generation or 5Gtechnology-related developments and patent filing.

“Almost 20- 25% of 5G related patents are being filed by Samsung, even though standards are not fully defined. We are responsible for certain parts of the chain globally, and we have been filing since 2010-11. We are responsible for medium access control part of the technology. It's a forte for us,” Aloknath De, chief technology officer, at Samsung Research Institute (SRI) - Bangalore told ET.

The company, the executive said, is filing around 250-300 patents every year from its Bangalore research and development (R&D) center in India, having filed around a total 2900 patents till date.

The company is filing patents in the areas of communications or 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technology both on the networks and terminal front. Besides, the other focus areas are Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial intelligence, multi-device connectivity, and services like payment and health, the executive informed.

“Communications and Multimedia are traditional fields, thereby the number of patents is more, but the thrust of the company is in emerging technologies and areas like AI, IoT, and data analytics,” De said.

The center in Bangalore is filing patents for both India and global markets, “If there are patents more meaningful to file here first, we file it here, and then they may go to other countries later on,” De said.

Samsung’s R&D Institute, Bangalore had last week won the National Intellectual Property Award by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), ministry of commerce and industry. The had previously won this award in 2015.

The center has also set up an internal portal for filing patents. This portal is a one-stop shop for all patent filing information and needs of an engineer. Additionally, the company made the process of filing patents in simpler ways, which has helped in increasing the total number of patents filed every year.

De said that the center has also designed a special IP Rewards policy to prize the efforts of the engineers and to further recognize employees’ contribution to patent portfolio creation.

The patent filing journey for Samsung started in 2011-12, but then the Bangalore center had a very few good quality patents to its name as engineers mostly worked on implementation and commercialization of ideas, the executive said.

In a bid to change that, Samsung worked on culture building for making Samsung an important hub for innovation for the headquarters. “Cultivating a patents mindset helped us in improving the quality of inventions at the center. With the help of a specialised team, we conducted basic invention creation training and training for top quality invention creation to help engineers understand the idea of innovation and how to innovate,” the executive informed.

The executive said he is personally focused on the Internet of Things or IoT segment in terms of innovation and patent filing. According to him, the home segment will see the uptake of IoT in the form of security, surveillance, and entertainment. “Enterprise is another area which is seeing value in IoT. For instance, logistics is one area where IoT is being used,” he added.

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