He said that intellectual property rights were the basis of innovation, and politicizing intellectual property issues would threaten global technological progress. According to First Financial Journalist, this white paper is entitled "Respecting and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights is the Only Way to Innovation", which is introduced in detail.HUAWEIPractice and contribution in innovation and intellectual property protection.
According to the white paper, by the end of 2018, Huawei had received 87,805 patents, of which 11,152 were patents from the United States. Since 2015, Huawei has earned more than $1.4 billion in intellectual property revenue. In addition to its own patents, Huawei has paid more than $6 billion in patent fees to foreign users to legally use patents from other companies, of which nearly 80% have been paid to American companies.
Song Liuping said Huawei would not "weaponize" its patent portfolio, but would adopt an open and cooperative attitude and discuss patent licensing and authorization with manufacturers and operators in accordance with the principle of fairness, rationality and non-discrimination.
Eighty percent of patent fees are paid to American companies
"Intellectual property rights are private property protected by law. Huawei advocates resolving intellectual property disputes through legal procedures. In the course of Huawei's operation and development over the past 30 years, no case has been found to be malicious intellectual property theft by the court, and Huawei has not been judged to be liable for compensation. Song Liuping said that Huawei's rise relies on long-term R&D investment. Huawei's rise stems from the sweat of 80,000 R&D personnel.
Song Liuping points out that even if customers in some countries do not buy our products directly, they are actually using these core patents to share Huawei's technological contributions.
Take 5G as an example. In 2009, Huawei invested $600 million to launch 5G technology and standards research. After 2016, an additional investment of $1.4 billion has been made to accelerate end-to-end research and development of 5G commercial products. So far, Huawei has taken the lead in investing $2 billion in 5G research and development. It exceeds the total investment of 5G R&D by major equipment suppliers in the United States and Europe.
At present, Huawei has more than 80,000 patents worldwide, including more than 10,000 patents authorized by the United States.
Song Liuping said Huawei would not "weaponize" its patent portfolio, but would adopt an open and cooperative attitude and discuss patent licensing and authorization with manufacturers and operators in accordance with the principle of fair, reasonable and non-discrimination (FRAND).
No company can lead the world by stealing
Song Liuping said Huawei's patent portfolio includes a large number of core 3G, 4G and 5G patents. Even if customers in some countries do not buy our products directly, they are actually using these core patents to share Huawei's technological contributions.
According to the U.S. Constitution, intellectual property rights are private property. If intellectual property becomes a tool for politicians, it will hurt people's confidence in the patent protection system. If some governments selectively deprive some companies of intellectual property rights, it will destroy the foundations of global innovation.
Last year, Huawei's sales revenue exceeded $100 billion. No product has been successful and no key technology has been linked to allegations of so-called trade secret infringement that Huawei has experienced in the past.
No company can lead the world by stealing, he said.
"Intellectual property disputes are a common phenomenon in the global operation of enterprises, and Huawei is no exception. We believe that these disputes should not be politicized. Intellectual property rights are private property protected by law, and we advocate resolving these disputes through legal procedures." Song Liuping said.