During a press conference on Jun 27, Huawei released a white paper on innovation and intellectual property (IP) and also warned against the issues of being politicized.
Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said that IP is the cornerstone of innovation and its politicization threaten progress across the world.
“If politicians use IP as a political tool, they will destroy confidence in the patent protection system. If some governments selectively strip companies of their IP, it will break the foundation of global innovation,” said Song.
He also noted that the company’s innovation and intellectual property protection policy and its success over the past 30 years. and said, as of the end of 2018, Huawei has been granted 87,805 patents, of which 11,152 are U.S. patents. Since 2015, Huawei has received over $1.4 billion in licensing revenue.
The document reveals that aside from accumulating patents of Huawei’s own patents, the company has also paid more than $6 billion in royalties to legally implement the IP of other companies, with nearly 80% of that paid to American companies.
Intellectual property is private property, protected by the law, and disputes should be resolved through legal proceedings, said Song, adding that in the past 30 years, no court has ever concluded that Huawei engaged in malicious IP theft, and Huawei has never been required by the court to pay damages for this.