Huawei released a new white paper at the Forum on Innovation and IP Prospects in 2021.

The white paper highlights Huawei’s history in Innovation and intellectual property (IP) management before 2010, including data and milestones about their investment and R&D that go back to the 1990s.

“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.

From the paper, Huawei has become one of the world’s largest patent holders through sustained investment in Innovation. The company held over 100,000 active patents in more than 40,000 patent families worldwide by the end of 2020.

Huawei filed its first patent application in China and the US in 1995 and 1999, respectively. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2008, it was also listed at the top for filing several patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). In 2019, Huawei ranked No. 2 in Europe and No. 10 in the US by the number of patents granted. Huawei is also the biggest patent holder in China.

Presently, Huawei is estimated to receive around 1.2 to 1.3 billion US dollars in revenue from patent licensing between 2019 and 2021.

“Huawei is promoting the widespread adoption and use of standards designed to ensure interoperability, reliability and transparent competition, while at the same time providing a fair return for investment in R&D,” said Francis Gurry, former Director-General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Huawei will regularly announce Innovation and IP activities in the future as part of the company’s broader efforts to be more open and transparent with the public.


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