The number of international patent applications filed by Huawei increased from 5,464 in 2020 to 6,952 in 2021.
According to Chinese retailer Huawei, the protection and sharing of intellectual property rights is important for the development of the global technological ecosystem.
“Protecting intellectual property is the key to protecting innovation,” said Song Leoping, Huawei’s chief legal officer. “We are keen to license our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help expand the innovation landscape, propel our industry and advance technology for all,” he added.
The number of international patent applications filed by Huawei increased from 5,464 in 2020 to 6,952 in 2021. However, the number of U.S. patents fell from 3,108 in 2021 to 2,935, while in Europe they dropped to 2,138 from 2,230. In China, the number of patents granted in 2021 rose to 7,913 from 6,324 in the previous year.
“Over the past five years, Huawei has licensed more than two billion smartphones for 4G / 5G patents. And for cars, about 8 million Huawei patented licensed connected vehicles are delivered to customers every year, ”said Alan Fan, head of Huawei’s intellectual property rights division.
Fan added that Huawei is actively working with patent licensing agencies to issue “one-stop” licenses for mainstream standards.
Fan said, “More than 260 companies হিস accounting for one billion devices ছে have obtained Huawei’s HEVC patent licenses through a patent pool. He added that the company is in talks to establish a new patent pool to give the industry quick access to Huawei’s patents for Wi-Fi devices worldwide.
Huawei is also discussing a joint licensing program for 5G patents with licensing experts and other leading industry patents.
Huawei reported annual revenue of just $ 100 billion in 2021, down 28.6% from the previous year. Net profit rose nearly 76% to 17.8 billion. The seller also states that R&D costs 22.4% of total annual revenue.
Divided by business units, Huawei’s two largest revenue lines – the carrier and the consumer segment – have both lost revenue year after year. Enterprise business units, on the other hand, grew by just over 2%.
In terms of region-wise revenue, China remains Huawei’s largest buyer, followed by EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, all of which have declined year after year.
Ken Hu, the rotating chairman of Huawei, said in his keynote address at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2022 that Huawei is focusing on diversifying its portfolio as well as increasing R&D costs and operational efficiency. .
Among the current challenges Huawei faces, Hu highlights trade restrictions, geopolitical conflicts, Covid-19, global inflation and foreign exchange fluctuations. “Sustainability is very important for a company,” he said.
The executive said that these challenges have forced Huawei’s business community to avoid high-risk areas, adding that the company has to work hard to overcome these challenges.