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Huawei Signs Patent Cross-licensing Agreement with Ericsson to Scale Globally

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Over the past two decades, Huawei has emerged as a pivotal contributor to the evolution of mainstream ICT standards. From shaping the landscape of cellular communications and Wi-Fi technology to influencing the development of cutting-edge multimedia codecs, Huawei’s impact has been profound and far-reaching. Arguably, the firm has stood out as a driving force behind pivotal advancements.

As a testament to its commitment to innovation, in the year 2022 alone, Huawei remarkably lodged an impressive 4,505 patent applications with the prestigious European Patent Office, firmly securing its position at the helm of innovation and intellectual property. At the same time, the firm has the highest number of patent applications this year between the first quarter and till date.

To continue on this journey of refinements, the Chinese tech giant has recently signed a long-term global patent cross-licensing agreement with Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications firm, Ericsson.

The long-term global patent cross-licensing agreement covers 3GPP, ITU, IEEE, IETF, etc., including 3/4/5G cellular technology. Basic standard patents relating to the selling of terminal equipment and communication network infrastructure. The parties agree to grant each other worldwide licenses to utilize their respective standard patented technologies.

“Huawei is very pleased to have reached this long-term global cross-licensing agreement with Ericsson. As a major contributor to standard-essential patents in the field of mobile communications, the two companies recognize each other’s intellectual property value. This agreement helps build a better patent environment and reflects the consensus of both parties to respect and protect intellectual property rights.”- Fan Zhiyong, Head of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Department

However, he further stated that the firm is committed to sharing leading scientific and technological innovations with the industry, which will promote the long-term and healthy development of the industry and provide consumers with better products and services.

“At the same time, as the obligatee and user of standard essential patents, Huawei insists on balancing the interests of the obligee and user. The conclusion of this agreement reflects Huawei’s reasonable and balanced intellectual property licensing strategy,” – Fan Zhiyong emphasized.


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