- Chief Intellectual Property Officer
As Chief Intellectual Property Officer (CIPO) and Head of IPR & Licensing, a position he has held since April 2016, Gustav Brismark is responsible for Ericsson’s patent development and patent licensing worldwide. With over 42,000 granted patents, Ericsson has emerged as one of the companies holding the strongest radio communication patent portfolios in the industry covering 2G, 3G, 4G and soon 5G cellular standards.
Brismark and his team are responsible for creating a return on investment in Ericsson technology and securing continued value growth by patenting the inventions of Ericsson engineers. The team provides access to Ericsson technology through a FRAND (Fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing program, while at the same time protecting the intellectual property of Ericsson’s products.
Brismark was Vice President Patent Strategies and Portfolio Management at Ericsson from 2006 until 2016, and was in this role responsible for Ericsson’s IPR strategy, FRAND strategy and patent portfolio management. Previous to this Brismark was Vice President of Patent Development, with overall responsibility for Ericsson’s global patent development organization. In this role he introduced a portfolio management practice in the IPR organization to increase value creation.
In the 1990’s, Brismark worked in WCDMA research and product management and was notably active in two international research projects on 3G mobile communication, sponsored by the European Commission. His career also spans international experience including a two-year stint in Japan.
During his career, Brismark has been a key contributor to the transformation of Ericsson’s patenting into being an integral part of a successful global business, with more than 100 revenue generating license agreements worldwide. He has worked on FRAND licensing policy in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ETSI, and other Standards Development Organizations. He has also participated as an expert for Ericsson in media and various legal fora, explaining our business strategies as well as Ericsson's FRAND licensing practices.
Brismark has worked at Ericsson since 1986, after receiving his MSc degree in Physics Engineering from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is co-inventor on a number of patents related to algorithm research for 2G and 3G systems for mobile communication and was inventor of ten patents related to GSM and WCDMA technology.