Huawei Innovation and Intellectual Property White Paper 2020 - TeknoGadyet

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Huawei Innovation and Intellectual Property White Paper 2020


At the Forum on Innovation and IP Prospects in 2021 and Beyond, held at Huawei's Shenzhen headquarters, the company published a new white paper on innovation and intellectual property. This paper focuses on Huawei's innovation and intellectual property (IP) management background before 2010, with details and milestones spanning the 1990s.

Huawei Innovation and Intellectual Property White Paper 2020
Huawei Innovation and Intellectual Property White Paper 2020

Song Liuping, Huawei's Chief Legal Officer, said at the forum, "We want to demonstrate our 30-year history of innovation as well as our long-term commitment to IP respect, security, and contribution. We hope that by reading this white paper, you can gain a deeper understanding of how Huawei has grown into the business it is today."

Huawei says in the paper that its continued investment in innovation has helped it become one of the world's largest patent holders. Huawei had over 100,000 active patents in more than 40,000 patent families by the end of 2020.

According to Jason Ding, Huawei's Head of Intellectual Property Rights, "Since its founding, Huawei has put a heavy focus on innovation. The number of patent applications Huawei filed, as well as our R&D and innovation activities, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is listed in our 2020 white paper." "Huawei's worldwide patent applications in the early 2000s were on par with other market leaders, and Huawei's success today is a function of its long-term investment in innovation and R&D," he added.

Huawei applied for its first patent in China in 1995 and its first patent in the United States in 1999. For the first time in 2008, the World Intellectual Property Organization placed Huawei first in terms of patent applications submitted under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). In terms of patents awarded in 2019, Huawei was ranked No. 2 in Europe and No. 10 in the United States. Huawei also holds the most patents in China.

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Around 2019 and 2021, Huawei expects to gain between 1.2 and 1.3 billion dollars from patent licensing, according to Ding. He also mentioned that Huawei would have a fair percentage royalty rate of the handset selling price, with a per-unit royalty limit of US$2.5 for any multi-mode 5G smartphone.

"We hope that the royalty rate we announced today will increase 5G adoption by providing 5G implementers a more transparent cost structure that will inform their investment decisions going forward," said Ding. "Huawei has been the largest technical contributor to 5G standards and meets equal, equitable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principles when it comes to patent licensing."
"By releasing its license fee structure for 5G standard-essential patents (SEPs), Huawei is promoting the widespread adoption and use of standards designed to ensure interoperability, reliability, and transparent competition, while at the same time providing a fair return for I.," said Francis Gurry, former Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

According to Song, Huawei will continue to announce new innovation and IP initiatives regularly so that the public can better appreciate Huawei's innovation practices. This is part of the organization's wider effort to be more responsive and honest with the public.

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