Huawei to generate more patent income than it pays

Technology giant Huawei will generate more patent income than it pays to other companies for their patents for the second straight year in 2022.
Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2019Huawei signed or renewed over 20 patent licensing deals this year, said Steven Geiszler, U.S. chief intellectual property counsel of Huawei, said.

Among licensors announced Thursday were several automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and BMW, that are seeking to add more communications technologies to their vehicles, Reuters news report said.

“By getting a return on our R&D investment, it allows us to re-invest and re-invent,” Steven Geiszler said.

Huawei also said it had extended its patent deal with its Finland-based rival Nokia, which began booking licensing revenue from Huawei back in 2017 when the agreement was originally signed.

Nokia booked altogether 1.5 billion euros ($1.59 billion) in revenue from patent licensing in year 2021, while Huawei generated about $1.2 billion globally from licenses over the three years ended 2021, or roughly hundreds of millions of dollars annually, Steven Geiszler said.

Its full-year sales figures for 2022 will not be tallied until next year, and the licensing unit’s profits or losses are not accounted for independently, he said.

Those figures are small relative to the billions of dollars in annual sales Huawei has lost due to U.S. curbs on Chinese technology since 2019 that have stung its ability to sell in places such as the United States and Europe.

The company has grown more aggressive in striking deals for its patents over the past two years to at least make up some ground. In addition, in some cross-licensing agreements where money previously never exchanged hands, Huawei is getting cash to balance out the deals since it is selling fewer devices that use the patents it had secured.