Huawei announced on July 19 that it has joined the Sisvel Wi-Fi 6 patent pool as a founding member. Members can obtain the necessary licenses for Wi-Fi 6 standard essential patents from Huawei and other patentees within the pool. In addition, Huawei’s own Wi-Fi 6 products are also licensed by the organization.
Alan Fan, Head of the Intellectual Property Rights Department of Huawei, said that the firm hopes to and is willing to share innovative technologies in the Wi-Fi field with the wider industry. Huawei has always advocated that innovators should get reasonable returns. The patent pool can help enterprises license patents and invest license income in re-innovation, which is especially important for small and medium-sized enterprises. Huawei expects that the successful operation of the patent pool will attract more enterprises to invest in research on the next generation of Wi-Fi technology.
Mattia Fogliacco, President of Sisvel International, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Huawei among the patent owners of our new pool. During the past two years of facilitation, we have created a framework that we feel will benefit the Markets for Technology as a whole, removing friction and aligning interests of innovators and implementers: Huawei accepting to become a founding member and a licensee/licensor offers a strong validation for this approach. We trust that this, together with the quality of the IP contributed by Huawei and the other participating patent owners, will quickly attract additional licensees and possibly additional patent owners.”
Huawei revealed at “Broadening the Innovation Landscape 2022,” a forum held in June 8, that it has signed patent license agreements with manufacturers in the fields of smartphones, internet-connected cars, network technology, the Internet of Things and smart home appliances. In the past five years, more than 2 billion smartphones have obtained Huawei’s 4G/5G patent license. In the automotive field, about 8 million smart cars that have obtained Huawei’s 4G/5G patent license are delivered to consumers every year.
According to a report entitled “2021 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard,” Huawei’s R&D investment ranks second among global enterprises. In 2021, Huawei invested 142.7 billion yuan ($21.2 billion) in R&D expenses, accounting for 22.4% of its sales revenue, and the accumulated R&D expenses in recent ten years exceeded 845 billion yuan.