Huawei start negotiations with Apple and Samsung on the 5G patent licensing program
Huawei has made great contributions to the development of 5G technology and therefore has a considerable number of 5G patented technologies.
Like communication technology companies such as Nokia, Huawei is also seeking to earn patent royalties by authorizing the 5G technology it has developed. After all, in the communications industry, authorizing communications patents is a very lucrative business.
Bloomberg reported today that Huawei will negotiate with Apple and Samsung on 5G patent licensing. Huawei’s chief legal officer subsequently confirmed the news that Huawei will indeed negotiate with Apple and Samsung on patent cross-licensing and 5G patent licensing.
The executive also said that Huawei’s 5G patent licensing fees will be lower than competitors such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Nokia. According to sources, Huawei’s upper limit on patent royalties for each mobile phone is $2.5, which is indeed much less than Qualcomm’s $7.5.
Qualcomm has also repeatedly confronted Apple in court due to high patent licensing fees and quarreled over the cost of modem-related technologies. However, the end result was that Apple paid for the Qualcomm modem.
But Apple is also actively seeking to get rid of Qualcomm’s patent restrictions. Earlier, Apple almost acquired the entire Intel modem team, so there are rumors that Apple will use self-developed modems on iPhone models in 2023.
And this 5G patent negotiation with Huawei is probably to use Huawei’s technology more on 5G models, so as to reduce the patent fees paid to Qualcomm. This will not only reduce the cost of the iPhone but also set back Qualcomm’s spirit.