February 6 (Xinhua) — Huawei announced today in Shenzhen that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Verizon, the U.S. telecommunications operator, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Huawei said the lawsuit seeks compensation from Verizon for infringing 12 of Huawei’s patents in the United States.
Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said Verizon’s benefits from infringing products hurt huawei’s years of research and development.
It is reported that Huawei invests 10 to 15% of its annual revenue in research and development, and has spent more than $70 billion in research and development over the past decade, with more than 80,000 patents worldwide and more than 10,000 in the United States alone.
Mr. Song said that before the lawsuit, Huawei and Verizon had been in a fairly long negotiation and that after listing patents and factual evidence, the two sides had not been able to agree on licensing. In Huawei’s view, litigation is not an end, but a means to oblige Verizon to respect technology, either pay for it or not use it.
Huawei, which points out that patent licensing is a common practice in the industry, has signed more than 100 licensing agreements with ICT companies and has generated more than $1.4 billion in licensing fee revenue since 2015.
In addition, Huawei has paid more than $6 billion for patented technology, 80 percent of which goes to U.S. companies.
Media reported that Huawei had been in contact with Verizon since February last year and had at least six meetings with the two sides, when it claimed That Verizon had infringed more than 200 patents. As for the 12 indictments, it is said to be because the facts are clearest and the evidence is the most conclusive.
Verizon is the largest U.S. telecommunications operator, with revenues of $29.8 billion in 2018, according to the data.