Huawei announces new innovations that will revolutionize AI, 5G and user experiences
Song Liuping, Chief Legal Officer of Huawei
Huawei announced a batch of key inventions as part of its biennial “Top Ten Inventions” awards at the “Broadening the Innovation Landscape 2022” forum held at its Shenzhen headquarters on June 13, 2022.
The awards are designed to recognize inventions that could create a new series of products, become significant commercial features of existing products, or generate significant value for the company and the industry.
Today, major changes are taking place in the world and the pandemic continues. This creates opportunities for a new technological revolution, especially in digital innovation. A boom in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things and the metaverse is changing the way we work, live and play.
According to the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) report, in 2020, the total value of intangible assets reached a record high of $65.7 trillion, accounting for 54% of the overall global listed value. Over the past decade, the number of requests handled by WIPO has increased by at least 60%. These figures show that economies are increasingly investing in innovation and creative industries, and are increasingly aware of the use of intellectual property rights to protect their innovations.
“Companies play a major role in innovation. It is now more important than ever for companies to pursue innovation and globalized operations,” said Liu Hua, director of China’s Global Intellectual Property Office. Among global innovators, Huawei’s performance is particularly impressive. In 2021, Huawei topped the list of PCT (PATENT COOPERATION TREATY) applications for the fifth consecutive year with 6,952 applications, almost 1,500 more than in 2020. Huawei’s 98 Madrid applications the placed fourth on the list of international trademark applications, again ranking it in the top 5.
These achievements are the direct result of Huawei’s continued investment in innovation. Innovation is at the heart of Huawei’s business strategy.
“Over the past three years, the business environment has been difficult. But the tougher things get, the more determined we are to invest in the future,” said Song Liuping, Chief Legal Officer of Huawei. “In 2021, Huawei increased its R&D investment to 142.7 billion yuan. This represents 22.4% of our total turnover. Our investments in R&D and the percentage of revenues dedicated to R&D reached their highest level in 10 years. Song added that “This made Huawei the world’s second largest R&D investor according to the 2021 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scorecard. Over the past few years, our annual investment in basic research has exceeded 20 billion yuan. »
Liu Hua spoke highly of Huawei in his speech, saying, “WIPO appreciates Huawei’s continued efforts in innovation, and we expect Huawei to continue to participate in the high-level global competition with innovation at its heart.
“Huawei has long focused on protecting intellectual property. Huawei filed its first patent application in 1995 and obtained its first patent in 1998. By the end of 2021, Huawei had filed more than 200,000 patent applications worldwide and obtained more than 110,000 patents, including more than 60,000 PCT patents . Many people may consider this a miracle. Huawei is an uncommon model in the field of intellectual property in China. However, we must remember that there is a reason behind this.
Song Liuping noted that Huawei has always focused on protecting intellectual property rights, “We firmly believe that protecting intellectual property is essential to safeguarding innovation. Huawei has filed more than 10,000 patent applications per year for the past two years. This is a record for us. We open our innovations to the industry through patents. We look forward to licensing our patents and technologies to share our innovations with the world. This will help broaden the innovation landscape, advance our industry and advance technology for all.
Alan Fan, Head of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Rights Department, reported on Huawei’s latest initiatives in intellectual property protection.
“For five consecutive years, Huawei has ranked No. 1 globally in PCT applications,” he said. “It hit nearly 7,000 last year. This is the highest number in PCT history for a single applicant. The PCT system enables Huawei to file national patents within 30 months and use this precious time to plan the global filing of our forward-looking patents.
Huawei’s patent filings in China continue to rise. They exceeded 10,000 in 2020 and almost 12,000 in 2021. Today, no other company has more patents granted in China than Huawei.
According to Alan Fan, Huawei’s annual patent applications in the United States have been around 4,000, with an average of 3,000 new grants. In 2021, Huawei ranked fifth in new grants, totaling 20,000 patents in the United States.
According to the European Patent Office, Huawei was the largest patent applicant in Europe in 2019 and 2021. Europe is one of Huawei’s largest foreign markets.
Huawei revealed that it has 20 research centers in Europe, including Germany, France, UK, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and others. The number of patent applications filed by Huawei’s local R&D teams is increasing every year.
The new IP system should be rooted in innovation, from innovation to innovation. It must therefore be anchored in the creations that society demands and which really improve the quality of life of human beings. The Intellectual Property system should ensure that these creations get the protection they deserve because they are the ones that bring real value.
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