Along with Oppo, did you know that Huawei has also signed an agreement to share key technology patents with Samsung? Yes, Huawei has partnered with 20 companies around the world, including smartphone manufacturers, smart cars, network equipment manufacturers and others.
Specifically, Samsung is the largest licensee among foreign players that have signed an agreement with Huawei for cross-licensing sharing. Under this agreement, Samsung could use Huawei’s patent for its own devices.
Samsung could probably pay Huawei per device. However, no further details are available on the details of the contract between these two tech giants.
Earlier today, Huawei officially confirmed a global cross-licensing technology patent with Chinese phone maker Oppo. This partnership will give Oppo access to Huawei’s wireless network, WiFi, audio and video encoders and 5G patents.
In patent law, a cross-licensing agreement is an agreement whereby two or more parties grant each other a license to use the subject matter claimed in one or more of the patents each owns.
Huawei is one of the largest patent holders of 5G technologies in the world and continues to increase its investment in the research and development of new network technologies.
Huawei’s patents are widely recognized, especially in common standards such as cellular, Wi-Fi, and audio/video codecs.
In June of this year, Huawei announced that its annual US patent applications totaled around 4,000, with an average of 3,000 new applications granted. In 2021, Huawei ranked fifth in terms of new patents granted, totaling a total of 20,000 patents in the United States.
During the same period, Huawei’s patent applications in China have been on the rise for seven years, exceeding 10,000 in 2020 and reaching nearly 12,000 in 2021.
Huawei’s licensees cover many areas, including smartphones, connected cars, networks, IoT and smart homes. Over the past five years, more than 2 billion smartphones have obtained Huawei’s 4G/5G patent licenses. And for cars, about 8 million connected vehicles are licensed with Huawei patents every year.
(source – nikkeiasia)