What’s Huawei’s New Patent Strategy?

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By Gu Zhang | 2Q 2022 | IN-6533

 

Huawei Shifts Its Focus on Training Patent Experts and Designing IP Pricing Models

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In early April, Huawei posted internal meeting minutes for the first time publicly disclosed its patent strategies, showing that it might become more aggressive than before. Huawei’s recent announcements may hint that the vendor may be more aggressive in pursuing royalties from its wide patent portfolio and may even restructure its patent royalty fees. In fact, one year ago, Huawei announced its licensing a US$2.5 per unit for the 5G Standard Essential Patent (SEP) royalty cap which is lower than Qualcomm, Nokia, and Ericsson, and earned a royalty payment of US$600 million in Q1 2021, which made up for some losses in its consumer business due to the trade war.

No Significant Influence on the Short-Term Patent Market

IMPACT


Huawei claimed 110,000 patents in 45,000 patent families, and it is among the leaders in 5G patent ownership. However, its licensing revenue has been much lower than its competitors. For example, the licensing revenue for Qualcomm accounts for US$6.8 billion, …

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