Huwei White Paper against “Weaponizing” IP
Huawei released a white paper, titled Respecting and Protecting Intellectual Property: The Foundation of Innovation, at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters. The white paper elaborates on Huawei’s practices in and contributions to innovation and protection of IPR. Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, emphasized that the politicization of IP threatens technological progress across the world, and Huawei will never “weaponize” IP.
According to the white paper, by the end of 2018, Huawei has been granted 87,805 patents, of which 11,152 are US patents. Since 2015, Huawei has received over USD 1.4 billion in licensing revenue.
On June 27, Song added that in the past 30 years, no court has ever concluded that Huawei engaged in malicious IP theft, and Huawei has never been required by the court to pay damages for this.
It is reported that Huawei demands America’s largest telecommunications company Verizon pay licensing fees on 230 patents, which added up would exceed USD 1 billion. This has begun to draw global attention to Huawei’s actions on protecting its own IP rights.
“On IP, Huawei is not a very aggressive company, and we don't support the approach of weaponizing patents. We are against charging exorbitant royalties, and we think that the fees should be charged reasonably.” said Song on addressing relevant issues.
Soon after Huawei’s patent claims on Verizon, United States Senator Marco Rubio filed a legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, on June 17, to prevent Huawei from suing for patent fees in US courts
“We simply don’t believe Marco Rubio’s amendment could be passed as law.” said Song. “With regards to what some US politicians have proposed, the suggestion of banning Huawei from enforcing its intellectual property rights is a dangerous signal, as IPR protection is the foundation for America’s innovation, and is consistent with the rights provided under its Constitution.”said Song, adding if the proposal passed, it would be “catastrophic for global innovation.”
July 16, 2019
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