Huawei Ren Zhengfei: Reasonable royalties should be charged, too low to curb innovation

The Economic News Agency reported that on the 6th, the Huawei employee forum Xinsheng community disclosed the minutes of the “Patent Licensing Business Report” meeting issued by Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Ren Zhengfei pointed out that Huawei should continue to play the role of patents to protect the company’s global business security, and establish Huawei’s image as an innovator through reasonable fees; and patent fees cannot be charged for the sake of charging, nor can they be too low. If they are too low, they will be curbed. The innovation of the whole society, no one is willing to invest in research and development, will form a de facto monopoly, and it does not meet the principle of fairness, reasonableness and non-discrimination required by law.

The minutes pointed out that those who invest in R&D all expect a little more income than the investment, and there are bound to be many failures in R&D investment, and the cost of failure should also be included in the cost, so that everyone will be willing to continue to invest in in-depth R&D and form a positive cycle; At the same time, we must be prepared to fight a “protracted war.” We do not seek quick wins, nor are we afraid of defeat.

According to the “2021 Patent Index” report released by the European Patent Office (EPO) on the 5th, Huawei will apply for a total of 3,544 patents to the EPO in 2021, becoming the company with the largest number of patent applications to the EPO that year.

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