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TETRA Essentials Licensing Program

Licensing for European Standards


Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) is a European telecommunications standard developed in the late 1990s by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and its members. Motorola Solutions’ TETRA Standards-Based Licensing program has been in existence since 1997.

Motorola Solution’ TETRA Standards-Based Licensing program grants rights to Motorola Solutions’ TETRA I and TETRA II essential patent families. Since our patent portfolio is large and expanding, additional patents determined to be essential to the TETRA standard are occasionally identified. Once identified, Motorola Solutions declares the patent to ETSI and TETRA licensees automatically gain access to these patents without additional cost or administrative burden.

The term of a Motorola Solutions TETRA Standards-Based License is for the life of the last-to-expire essential patents, or until the licensee decides to cease TETRA equipment manufacturing, whichever comes first. Generally, the license may not be transferred to another party, but Motorola Solutions will consider requests to do so on a case-by-case basis. Grants may include the right to make, distribute and sell TETRA-compliant TERMINALS and CARRIERS. The TETRA Standards-Based License is subject to reciprocity. That is, licensees are required to cross-license any patents they may own or control that may be essential to the TETRA standard or that are found to be essential in the future.

Financial terms are dependent upon the prospective licensee’s TETRA essential patent holdings, if any, and are linked to an industry normalized equipment index. Royalty rates are expressed in a fixed amount and are reviewed periodically to ensure they remain in line with market trends, technology maturity and portfolio coverage.

Equipment manufacturers entering the TETRA marketplace are encouraged to review ETSI’s IPR Policy, the TETRA and Critical Communications Association’s statement on Intellectual Property and Patents, and contact Motorola Solutions’ Licensing Department to obtain the necessary Motorola Solutions essential patent rights prior to fielding equipment.

Customers or agencies seeking to purchase or use TETRA equipment should discuss essential patent license rights with their prospective vendor/manufacturer. Unwelcome delays, program risks and costs can be encountered if TETRA equipment is purchased from an unlicensed manufacturer. We suggest you visit this site periodically to determine if your preferred supplier is licensed.

Current Motorola Solutions TETRA Licensees