Inside Secure is opening up a Near Field Communication technology patent-licensing program on the heels of another company exiting the sphere.
The French semiconductor developer will make its NFC patents available to device manufacturers for contactless payment, transit, ticketing, loyalty and other services through a deal with European investment fund France Brevets, the companies announced in a June 21 press release.
France Brevets, which promotes and sells various technology patents, will manage and lead all efforts to give device manufacturers access to Inside Secure's NFC patents. The patents include essential and implementation-specific NFC approaches, the companies said.
In addition to smartphones that harness NFC for point-of-sale payment, the licensing program will extend Inside Secure's patents to feature phones, tablets, laptops and personal computers, among other devices.
France Brevets says it will offer licenses to device manufacturers only, not chip suppliers.
The move follows news that San Francisco-based Via Licensing Corp., an earlier licensor of NFC patents, has exited those operations.
"Since Via Licensing ceased the NFC license pool several weeks ago, Inside wanted to give device manufacturers a way to implement NFC technology without infringing its essential NFC patents," Pascal Didier, Inside Secure's general manager, said in an e-mail.
The growing use of NFC technology within devices over the last year provides a "significant opportunity" for Inside to leverage its 12-year investment in research and development in NFC technology, Didier adds.
For France Brevets, the partnership offers the opportunity to foster a "rich ecosystem" for manufacturers of NFC devices, Jean-Charles Hourcade, general manager of the French company, said in a press release.