Huawei says protecting and sharing intellectual property rights is essential for the tech ecosystem


The number of international patent applications filed by Huawei increased from 5,464 in 2020 to 6,952 in 2021

Protecting and sharing intellectual property rights is key to developing the global tech ecosystem, according to Chinese vendor Huawei.

“Protecting intellectual property is key to safeguarding innovation,” said Huawei Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping. “We look forward to licensing our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help broaden the innovation landscape, advance our industry and advance technology for all,” he added.

The number of international patent applications filed by Huawei increased from 5,464 in 2020 to 6,952 in 2021. However, the number of US patents granted fell to 2,935 last year from 3,108 in 2021, while in Europe they fell to 2,138 from 2,230 during this period. In China, the number of granted patents increased to 7,913 in 2021 from 6,324 the previous year.

“Over the past five years, more than two billion smartphones have been licensed under Huawei’s 4G/5G patents. And for cars, about eight million connected vehicles licensed under Huawei patents are delivered to consumers every year,” said Alan Fan, Head of Intellectual Property Rights Department at Huawei.

Fan also said that Huawei is also actively working with patent licensing administration companies to provide “one-stop” licensing for popular standards.

“More than 260 companies, representing one billion devices, have obtained Huawei’s HEVC patent licenses through a patent pool,” Fan said. He added that the company was in talks to establish a new patent pool to give the industry early access to Huawei’s patents for Wi-Fi devices worldwide.

Huawei is also discussing joint licensing programs for 5G patents with licensing experts and other leading patent holders.

Huawei announced 2021 annual revenue of just under $100 billion, down 28.6% from a year earlier. Net profits rose nearly 76% to $17.8 billion. The vendor also reported that R&D expenditures accounted for 22.4% of total annual revenue.

Broken down by business units, Huawei’s two main revenue streams, its carrier and consumer segments, both saw year-over-year revenue declines. In contrast, the Enterprise business unit grew just over 2%.

In terms of revenue by region, China remains Huawei’s largest buyer by far, followed by EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, all of which saw year-over-year declines.

Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu previously said in his presentation at Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2022 that Huawei is diversifying its portfolio, increasing R&D spending and focusing on operational efficiency, given the growing challenges facing the vendor. is facing this year, which are even higher compared to 2021.

Among the current challenges Huawei faces, Hu pointed to trade restrictions, geopolitical conflicts, Covid-19, global inflation and exchange rate fluctuations. “Surviving sustainably is very important to the business,” he said.

The executive said these challenges made it imperative that Huawei’s business groups avoid high-risk areas, adding that the company must work hard to overcome these challenges.


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