New Patent Offering – Navigation Portfolio owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (via Innovative Auctions)

New Patent Offering – Navigation Portfolio owned by Deutsche Telekom AG (via Innovative Auctions)

Summary:  Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) is offering for sale a comprehensive portfolio of patents related to smart vehicle/navigation systems. The portfolio will be offered exclusively through a trusted intermediary, Innovative Auctions (IA), in an online auction process carefully designed to preserve bidder anonymity and to ensure that the seller concludes the transaction. The offering process is summarized below and described more thoroughly in the offering materials.

Offering Highlights –
The patents in the portfolio originated with T-Systems Traffic GmbH, a subsidiary of DT that was bought by Navteq in January 2009. In 2011, Navteq became part of Nokia's new Location & Commerce business unit, which was continued as HERE. In 2015, HERE was sold to a consortium of Audi AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG.

Comprising a total of 21 families (with a total of 168 active patents), the offering includes the following 5 families supported by 15 evidence of use (EoU) charts:

Offering / Auction Process

The online auction will be facilitated independently by Innovative Auctions (IA) as a trusted intermediary bound by confidentiality. This will ensure that the identity of non-winning bidders will never be revealed to DT or to the winning bidder. Contractual terms will be set in advance, and only the purchase price will be determined in the auction. DT and the winner are then obligated to conclude the transaction based on the auction outcome.

The sales process will proceed along the following steps:

  1. Traffic detection system (EP2224408.B1; (3) EoUs; Active authorities: DE, FR, GB; Anticipated expiration: October 17, 2027)

  2. Method to detect a traffic situation (EP1262934.B1; (3) EoUs; Active authorities: AT, CH, DE, ES, FR, GB, IT, NL; Anticipated expiration: April 17, 2022)

  3. NEW! Method for providing traffic information (US7145479B2, family member of EP1457944.B1; (3) EoUs; (10) active jurisdictions: US; EP-AT; EP-BE; EP-CH; EP-DE; EP-ES; EP-FR; EP-GB; EP-IT; EP-NL; Anticipated expiry: May 17, 2024)
  4. NEW! METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING EARLY WARNINGS SIGNALLING TRAFFIC COLLAPSES AT NARROW POINTS (EP2047448.B1; (3) EoUs; (10) active jurisdictions (WE-DE; WE-FR; WE-GB; Anticipated expiry: July 13, 2027)
  5. NEW! Method and devices for generating traffic information and locating it within a spatial area (EP1970875.B1; (3) EoUs; (9) active jurisdictions (EP-AT; EP-BE; EP-CH; EP-DE; EP-ES; EP-FR; EP-GB; EP-IT; EP-NL; Anticipated expiry: March 12, 2028) 

The patents sought to address issues with traffic detection and forecasting traffic in vehicle navigation. The patents established a traffic detection system and methods to detect, determine and predict traffic situations by using real-time trip data from a variety of road users, i.e., positions and speeds of motor vehicles, traffic flow, etc. and a method that provides forecasts concerning the traffic volume to be expected within certain route segments at certain times.

The Portfolio –

  • A spreadsheet containing the patent listing is attached;
  • 21 families comprised of 168 active patents, including 20 families with an active DE family member, and 12 inactive patents (granted or lapsed patents based on DE priority applications not counted);
  • Approximately 4.5 years average lifespan;
  • Few encumbrances exist; Seller desires a grant-back license (available to prospective bidders under NDA via auction Data Room);
  • Seller has evidence of use (EoU) charts on 5 of the 21 patent families highlighted above reaching the products of six major automotive and location-platform vendors (available to prospective bidders under NDA via auction Data Room);


The auction process ended on the 26th of January 2021. The auction process has shown serious interest in this quality portfolio, this will now be considered in further bilateral negotiations. Kindly confirm your interest to enter this next phase with us with your preference to purchase a license or negotiate full ownership along with proposed terms. DT is looking to monetize the portfolio soon, under terms that correspond to the same price expectations, consistent with the market. We will notify respondents expressing such interest in this next phase as licenses are granted before transfer of ownership is completed, expected soon.


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This communication is for the sole purpose of sales discussions, neither legal opinions nor assertions.



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