Huawei counterattacks: will charge Apple and Samsung royalties for their 5G patents


Huawei has decided to take action. Despite the U.S. blockade, it has announced the collection of royalties to American companies. Can you do that?

The war for control of 5G technology is not over. On the contrary, he has done nothing more than begin. The United States took the first step in blocking Huawei, but today the Chinese company announces that it will charge Apple and Samsung royalties for the use of its 5G patents, Bloomberg reports.

Huawei to Start Demanding 5G Royalties From Smartphone Giants - Bloomberg

Some experts say that"5G technology is the new cold war," and they lack reason. Unlike the mobile-centric 4G connection, the 5G connection is going to extend to connected vehicles, robots, smart homes, and more. Whoever controls this technology will control the world.

Huawei is the world leader in 5G technology, the company with the most patents. Its rapid international expansion, by installing 5G networks in Europe and even the United States, led Donald Trump's government, which saw the United States losing its technological career, veto Huawei, citing espionage and ties to the Chinese government.

Now Huawei, despite the US blockade, has decided to apply its right to collect royalties for its patents to American companies, such as Apple, and other countries, such as Samsung.

Huawei's legal affairs manager Song Liuping has announced that"despite the effort to block our networks and kick us out of the "supplier chain" by the United 

States, Huawei is going to start charging"moderate royalties" to Apple and Samsung.

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The reality is that all tech companies charge money for their patents, Huawei is doing nothing different from the rest. In fact, according to Huawei executives, "our royalties will be lower than those of Qualcomm, Nokia, and Ericsson."

Apple, for example, has already had disputes with Qualcomm because despite not using its processors, it has to pay Qualcomm up to $7.5 for iPhone sold, due to different patents of its use.


Huawei ensures that at most Apple and Samsung will pay $2.5 per mobile for using their 5G patents. Still, the Chinese company expects to make between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion for this concept, between 2019 and 2021. Although it does not specify whether it relates only to 5G patents or all as a whole.

The patent collection is not subject to U.S.blocking, because patents are publicly available to those who want to use them (paying), and it is companies that choose to use them or not.

Creating new technology from scratch costs a lot of time and money, so it's common for companies like Apple, Samsung, or Google to pay money for using other companies' patents to speed up the creation of new products.

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