By ET Bureau - June 13, 2022 4 Mins Read
Huawei won the biannual Top Ten Inventions” awards presented a number of important inventions.
The award is intended to recognize inventions that create new product lines, become important commercial features of existing products, or create significant value for the company and the industry.
The award-winning inventions range from an adder neural network that significantly reduces power consumption and circuit area to a breakthrough “optical iris” that enables fiber optics to be uniquely identified Reduce broadband deployment costs.
The announcement came in the context of intellectual property rights, which Huawei believes protecting and sharing is critical to the technology ecosystem.
“Protecting intellectual property is the key to protecting innovation,” said Song Liuping, Chief Legal Officer of Huawei. “We are committed to licensing our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help to expand the innovation landscape, advance our industry and advance technology for everyone,” he added.
“Huawei is constantly changing and showing the world the value of Chinese intellectual property ,” said Tian Lipu, president of the Chinese section of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.
At the end of 2021, Huawei held more than 110,000 active patents in over 45,000 patent families. Huawei has more issued patents than any other Chinese company, has filed the most patent applications with the EU Patent Office, and ranks fifth in newly issued patents in the United States. For five consecutive years, Huawei has ranked first in the world for patent cooperation agreement applications.
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Alan Fan , Head of Intellectual Property Rights at Huawei, explained that the value of Huawei’s patents is widely recognized in the industry, especially in key standards such as cellular technology, Wi-Fi, and audio/video codecs.
“Over the past five years, more than two billion smartphones have been licensed for Huawei’s 4G/5G patents. And as for cars, about eight million connected vehicles licensed for Huawei patents are shipped to consumers every year,” said Fan.
Huawei also actively works with companies that manage patent licenses to offer “one-stop” licenses for popular standards.
“Over 260 companies – representing one billion devices – have acquired HEVC patent licenses from Huawei through a patent pool,” said Fan, adding that the company is in talks to set up a new patent pool to give the industry “quick access” to Huawei patents for Wi-Fi devices worldwide.
Huawei also discusses joint licensing programs for 5G patents with licensing experts and other leading industry patent holders.
Liu Hua , Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Office in China , praised Huawei for its continued focus on innovation: “We are delighted to see how Huawei continues to compete in high-level global competitions where innovation is at the core.”
For Manuel Desantes , former Vice-President of the European Patent Office, in view of the many changes in today’s world, it is no longer the number of patents or inventions that is the most important thing. “The system of intellectual property should ensure that only creations that represent real value are worth protecting,” he explains.
This was the third innovation and intellectual property event that Huawei hosted on its innovation practices. Every year, Huawei invests more than 10% of its revenue in R&D.
In terms of R&D spending, Huawei ranks second in the 2021 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard. In 2021, the company will increase its R&D investment to CNY142.7 billion, accounting for 22.4% of total revenue. In the past ten years, Huawei has invested a total of more than CNY 845 billion in R&D.
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