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June 12, 2019
Huawei asks Verizon to pay for over 200 patents - WSJ

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has told Verizon Communications Inc that the U.S. carrier should pay licensing fees for more than 200 of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker’s patents, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Verizon should pay to “solve the patent licensing issue,” a Huawei intellectual property licensing executive wrote in February, according to the report.

The patents in question range from core network equipment, wireline infrastructure to internet-of-things technology, the WSJ reported.

Representatives for Huawei and Verizon met last week in New York to discuss some of the patents at issue, the WSJ said. Verizon does not use any telecoms equipment from Huawei.

Verizon spokesman Rich Young declined to comment “regarding this specific issue because it’s a potential legal matter.”

However, Young said, “These issues are larger than just Verizon. Given the broader geopolitical context, any issue involving Huawei has implications for our entire industry and also raise national and international concerns.”

A person briefed on the matter said it could impact more than a dozen Verizon vendors.

mobilityView Correctly Predicts Huawei As A Target Will Increase Costs For Everyone

For those that know Huawei they will know that they have quite an interesting and large patent portfolio that grows by the day.

We’ve seen what the consequences have been in terms of the dispute between Apple and Samsung from a patent dispute perspective and arguably both have a greater familiarity (from a historic perspective) of working in the West and cross business and political cultures.

It now looks like Huawei is looking to monetize it’s IP portfolio in a fashion that is consistent with broader geo-political aims and in direct response to what Huawei would view as an existential threat to their very existence. During the week of June 10th they confirmed that their prediction of being the largest handset vendor in the world by volume would be delayed.

A very interesting card that they are playing; and it means increased costs for everyone starting with the operators that will pass them through

Huawei asks Verizon to pay for over 200 patents - WSJ