Huawei and Xiaomi Have Reached a Mutual Agreement on Communication Patents

Two competitors unite for one global mission: bring back Huawei on the map.

Huawei Mate 60 Pro, Huawei’s latest flagship phone | Image Courtesy of Huawei

As per a press release by Huawei, the company has reached a global Cross-Patent Licensing Agreement with fellow competitor Xiaomi that covers several communication technologies including 5G. This cross-patent agreement can help Huawei bring 5G technologies to their smartphones and other products as they have been blocked from working with US-based companies, as well as the country’s allies.

“We are delighted to reach this licensing deal with Xiaomi,” said Alan Fan, Head of Huawei’s Intellectual Property Department. “This licensing agreement once again reflects the industry’s recognition of Huawei’s contributions to communications standards and will help us enhance our investment in researching future mobile communications technologies.”

Ran Xu, Xiaomi’s General Manager of Corporate Business Development and IP Strategy, said, “We are glad to reach a patent cross-licensing agreement with Huawei. This shows that both parties recognize and respect each other’s intellectual property. As part of our commitment to our values around IP, Xiaomi will, as always, respect IP, seek long-term and sustainable IP partnerships for shared success, drive technology inclusion with IP, and allow more people to benefit from technology.”

If you can recall, Huawei has been collaborating with other telecommunication companies like Ericsson so that they can bring their technologies to their phones, which has seen success as the Swedish company said that they want to work with Huawei, not out of politics, but to benefit the general public. The company also has successful cross-patent licensing equipment to other smartphone brands like Samsung and OPPO.

Source: Huawei, Reuters