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Huawei to Charge Phone Makers for 5G Patents

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Mar 16, 2021, 11:17 AM   by Rich Brome

Chinese telecom giant Huawei announced plans to be more aggressive about collecting royalties for its patents related to 5G technology, including collecting up to $2.50 per 5G smartphone sold. Huawei has over 3,000 patents related to 5G, about 18% of which are essential to the 5G standard, according to intellectual property research organization GreyB. Huawei is not alone in charging royalties for patents on 5G technology. Nokia and Ericsson each already charge more than $2.50 per smartphone sold. Huawei was previously more restrained about collecting on its 5G patents while it focused on selling its own 5G equipment and devices around the world. But since the actions of the US government have crippled Huawei's smartphone business worldwide, the company seems to be focusing on new revenue streams.



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Mar 27, 2021, 7:42 PM

Lucky its only a third of what Qualcomm charges for their's...

Just an observation - Qualcomm gets three times that, for their patents, from each Android phone. For what it's worth, the West in general welcomed Huawei into the fold, allowed Huawei to take a leading role in the development of the 5G NR standard, even allowed Huawei and China to make crucial advances that contributed to the mobile technology standard in ways the West had not conceived of previously, and they (the US and the West) did not bat an eyelid or make a peep at that... until the last couple of years. Yeah, perhaps China and Huawei stole their way to the pinnacle of mobile tech... but by tolerating their efforts, and not taking care of IP-transfer problems earlier, the West has opened themselves up to being eclipsed by China, now...
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