Huawei has another intellectual property charm offensive

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Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei has published the rates it charges as part of a drive to demonstrate how much effort it has put into R&D.

The announcement accompanied the release of a while paper titled Respecting and Protecting Intellectual Property: The Foundation of Innovation, its second such publication in recent years. Clearly Huawei wants everyone to know how much it respects intellectual property, presumably because the US keep accusing its home country, and by inference its companies, of playing fast and loose with other people’s IP.

“We want to show the history of our innovation over the past 30 years and our long-term commitment to respecting, protecting, and contributing to IP,” said Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping. “With this white paper, we want you to better understand how Huawei has become what it is today.”

“Innovation has been at the core of Huawei’s business since the company was founded,” said Jason Ding, Head of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department. “Our 2020 white paper lists the number of patent applications Huawei filed, or our R&D and innovation activities, in the late 90s and early 2000s. Huawei’s worldwide patent applications were on par with other industry leaders in the early 2000s, and Huawei’s success today is a result of its long-term investment in innovation and R&D.”

The somewhat laboured point seems to be that Huawei is a major contributor to global standards in its own right, so can we chill with all this politicization of IP please? As if to further illustrate Huawei’s magnanimity on this matter it announced it’s charging a ‘reasonable’ royalty rate for 5G phones and will cap the amount it gets paid for any unit at $2.50. This apparently compares favourably with other big standard-essential patent holders.

“Huawei has been the largest technical contributor to 5G standards, and follows fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) principles when it comes to patent licensing,” said Ding, “We hope that the royalty rate we announced today will increase 5G adoption by giving 5G implementers a more transparent cost structure that will inform their investment decisions moving forward.”

Aside from the charm offensive angle it’s not obvious what the point of this heavily promoted white paper launch was. Along with Samsung Huawei is the only big SEP holder that’s also a major device player, so that may also have been a factor. But first and foremost this feels like Huawei seeking to remind the US that it doesn’t hold all the cards when it comes to intellectual property.

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  1. Avatar Dukuly 17/03/2021 @ 7:07 am

    The US certainly does not hold all the cards when it comes to intellectual property. No one has monopoly over ideas or knowledge.

    • Avatar Experiment 18/03/2021 @ 10:19 am

      Well leave it to this idealism that unconsented human experiments somehow gained a patented ?? Really interesting intake considering the subject hadn’t ever met the glowing advancements made in Canadas AI 5 social engineering agenda eh ?

  2. Avatar Cletus the Clown 17/03/2021 @ 8:50 am

    Hahaha Huawei wants everyone to know how much they respect intellectual property.
    They will literally try anything. Too bad no one believes them or trusts them anymore.
    Those chickens have come home to roost finally.
    Huawei is toast, although I wouldn’t turn my back on its corpse just yet, the Chinese seem to love breathing life into zombies. Just look at their SOEs – China Rail with debts of USD900B now. And that’s ONE company.
    The sooner the rest of the world turns their back on China the better. For us and them. The world needs to rid itself of the cancer of the CCP.

    • Avatar John Lewis 17/03/2021 @ 10:53 am

      More anti China comments, based on thin air… Very sad…

      • Avatar MikeZ 18/03/2021 @ 11:55 am

        I am amazed that many people have negative opinion about China and Asian countries what so ever. And I don’t know why? Living about equal number of years in China and Canada, I know lots of reports here are false. And I see too much politics here which we all know deals with lies and allegations. As a Christian, I don’t know why some people simply hate Asians without any good reasons. Weird weird weird.

      • Avatar Cletus the Clown 30/05/2021 @ 1:46 pm

        Not really, as someone who has worked for and with Huawei as a subcractor, and again for ZTE, the business practices of both left us speechless. And let me be clear – ZTE were FAR worse. Non-payment of invoices. Requiring you to “share an idea” from a compeitor (ie steal one for us, ZTE is famous for that).
        But the bigger problem seems to come from what did the CCP plan to do when Huawei was not just no.1, but had driven the compeition into the ground, which was quite their intention. Ericsson looked pretty wobbly in 2016, and yes, that was at least part Ericsson’s own doing. But a lot more of it was the CCP (Note, the CCP, Not Huawei, and not China) – through facilitating loans on repayment terms no one could touch. Read this:–and-the-us-is-pushing-hard-for-a-ban-there/2019/05/28/582a8ff6-78d4-11e9-b7ae-390de4259661_story.html
        Now for those of us who have had a few decades in the industry, while this made the news, it was happening literally everywhere. So when I hear that the US are the bad guys putting Huawei to the sword, I have to kindof laugh – the CCP were literally buying out network providers on terms that no one else could come close to – and when you realise why, then it all comes into sharp focus. China’s plan was to be the sole supplier of telecoms equipment, and that is the central nervous sytem of every country n the world. You had a noose around every country’s neck at that point. And China’s obsession with being No.1 would have come without a shot fired. Why do you think 60 countries and 200 operators have signed up the clean network initiative – with more being added. At considerable expense. Considerable inconvenience.
        So call me a sore loser all you like – but living in an Orwellian nightmare doesn’t really thrill me. And that was where we were going.

    • Avatar Philip 17/03/2021 @ 4:03 pm

      Another sore loser

    • Avatar David 17/03/2021 @ 8:53 pm

      Nothing but an easy way to get rid of competition. It has no place in ACTUAL free market economy. Should “the world” ever even consider blacklisting things like Coca Cola or Apple, good ol’ sanctions would probably follow, lol. Sad and pathetic.

    • Avatar BigS 18/03/2021 @ 3:21 am

      Je n’ sais pas ta nationalité, mais il faut accepter de te faire former nullos…c’est très important la formation sur le monde et ses idéaux…tu fais pitié…

    • Avatar Vince 18/03/2021 @ 9:29 am

      The Clown name suit u well. Not the prestigious Clown but the dumb a** crown.

    • Avatar Not a idiot 18/03/2021 @ 2:02 pm

      I love my Huawei and would never have a racist United States anything.

  3. Avatar LIPS 17/03/2021 @ 9:09 am


    • Avatar Philip Shaw 17/03/2021 @ 9:54 am

      Cletus…you certainly sound like a clown ?

    • Avatar Pinda 17/03/2021 @ 4:16 pm

      China staat technologisch 2 stappen verder als de rest van de wereld. Vroeger kopieerden ze alles maar inmiddels moeten wij hun kopieren

  4. Avatar Alex 17/03/2021 @ 11:26 am

    Huawei is one of the few companies that drive real innovations. US attempt to stop them in order to give US companies competitive advantage are pity, and only slow down competition in US and dependent countries.

    • Avatar Cletus the Clown 30/05/2021 @ 1:52 pm

      What have they actually invented?

  5. Avatar Cash 17/03/2021 @ 1:33 pm

    Yea when you can’t win them and you feel you are under threat, you just propaganda them to make yourself look righteous and good. I can’t believe what some of this countries top brains have in their head. True black and white tells everything and yet some of this countries is still so backward. Sad just so sad

    • Avatar Click 17/03/2021 @ 10:49 pm

      Huawei has done a lot of hard work in pushing telecoms forward, I personally believe that the US is unfairly trying to stop their progress with their claims, if you do some research you will find no difference in the behaviour of US firms.

  6. Avatar Trumpist 17/03/2021 @ 3:39 pm

    Huawei has the power to kill 5G every where since they own 16% of the IP. Soon usa will be reduced into ashes in a nuke blast. Wait and see.

  7. Avatar John 17/03/2021 @ 9:49 pm

    The world needs more charm offensives.

  8. Avatar woody 18/03/2021 @ 9:05 am

    will not trust any of these big China companies. The moment they get to be big and influential, CCP wil want to put their hands in it. Look what happened to Alibaba, Tencent and many others. CCP will appoint the so called party appointed secretary into all these companies to control what they can say and do, also will have full access to their client database.

  9. Avatar woody 18/03/2021 @ 9:43 am

    can you imagine if Tencent blocking President Xi social message like what Twitter did to Trump, the poor Tencent CEO will be thrown into jail immediately, tortured and asked to write apology letter and later circled within Beijing for the CCP loving citizen to spit on him. No Joke.

    • Avatar MikeZ 18/03/2021 @ 12:05 pm

      As far as I know, the US government gives more supports to its cooperations than any other governments in the world. It gives out printed green backs or buy their stocks when there is a crisis. It provides huge funding to their R&D. During this pandemic it printed trillions Ang gave to everyone in the States. Basically, it controls its citizens by its financial assistance. This is socialism!

  10. Avatar godwin murphy emeyazia 18/03/2021 @ 5:26 pm

    Countries should all wait for permission from US and its allies before they can develop technologically.

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