- Company Announces IP and Innovation Progress at Themed Event
Huawei announced a number of key inventions as part of the biannual Top 10 Inventions Awards at the “Expanding the Innovation Landscape 2022” forum held at its Shenzhen headquarters.
Alan Fan, Head of Huawei’s IPR Department, makes a presentation at the event
The award is designed to recognize inventions that can create new product lines, become important business features of existing products, or create significant value for business and industry.
Winning inventions range from a collector neural network that drastically reduces power consumption and circuit area to a revolutionary “optical iris” that provides a unique identifier for optical fibers. It is designed to help operators manage network resources, reducing the time and costs associated with broadband deployment.
The announcement went against the backdrop of intellectual property rights, which Huawei says are essential to the tech ecosystem.
“Protecting intellectual property is the key to protecting innovation,” said Song Liuping, Chief Legal Officer of Huawei. “We look forward to licensing our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help expand the landscape for innovation, advance our industry, and advance technology for all.”
“Huawei is constantly evolving and showing the world the value of intellectual property from China,” said Tian Lipu, head of the China division of the International Intellectual Property Protection Association.
By the end of 2021, Huawei had more than 110,000 active patents in more than 45,000 patent families. It has received more patents than any other Chinese company, has filed the most patent applications with the EU Patent Office, and ranks fifth in terms of new patents granted in the United States. Huawei has been number 1 worldwide in patent cooperation agreement applications for five consecutive years.
Alan Fan, head of Huawei’s intellectual property division, said that the value of Huawei’s patents is widely recognized in the industry, especially in common standards such as cellular technology, Wi-Fi, and audio/video codecs.
“Over the past five years, more than two billion smartphones have been licensed under Huawei’s 4G/5G patents. For cars, about eight million connected vehicles licensed from Huawei patents are delivered to consumers every year.”
Huawei is also actively working with patent licensing management companies to provide “one-stop” licensing for common standards.
“More than 260 companies representing one billion devices have obtained Huawei’s HEVC patent licenses through a pool of patents,” Fan said. He added that the company is in talks to create a new patent pool to give the industry “early access” to Huawei’s patents for Wi-Fi devices around the world. Huawei is also discussing joint licensing programs for 5G patents with licensors and other leading patent holders.
Liu Hua, Director of the China Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization, praised Huawei’s strong focus on innovation and said: “We expect Huawei to continue to compete in a high level of global competition with innovation at its heart.
For Manuel Desantes, former vice-president of the European Patent Office, the most important thing is no longer the number of patents or inventions registered, given the large number of changes in the world these days. “The intellectual property system must ensure that creations worth protecting are those that provide real value,” he said.
This was Huawei’s third innovation and IP themed event on innovation practices. Huawei invests more than 10% of its revenue in R&D every year.
In terms of R&D spending, Huawei ranked second in the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scorecard in 2021. In 2021, the company increased its R&D investment to CNY 142.7 billion, representing 22.4% of our total turnover. In the past ten years, Huawei’s total R&D investment has exceeded 845 billion yuan.