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Huawei invests 2.5 trillion shillings in research and development –

Huawei maintained its position as a global patent hub due to the total number of its 5G Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), according to Clarivate, a leading global intellectual property attorney and analytics firm.

According to Clarivate’s latest report titled “Demystifying the 5G Standard Essential Patent Landscape: Phase 3”, Huawei is still ranked #1 with 6,566 additional patents. The company has 107,000 research and development staff and has invested about Kshs. 2.5 trillion (22.4 billion USD) of R&D by the end of 2021.

“We look forward to licensing our patents and technologies to share these innovations with the world,” said Huawei Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping.

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The ranking could be attributed to Huawei’s active management of its intellectual property portfolio. At the end of 2021, the company held more than 110,000 active patents in more than 45,000 patent families.

Among some of Huawei’s core competencies are technology and the ability to innovate. Huawei South Africa Vice President Yang Chen noted that the company also wants to expand innovation capabilities in Africa.

“We have set up 6 hardware innovation and training centers in sub-Saharan Africa for joint innovation and skills transfer through several initiatives such as our new talent development program LEAP which aims to train 100,000 professionals ICT in 3 years. This is part of our goal to increase the innovative capacity of young Africans,” he noted.

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Reacting to the report’s revelations, Liu Hua, an official with the World Intellectual Property Organization, acknowledged Huawei’s investment in innovation, saying, “We look forward to seeing Huawei continue to compete and high-level global cooperation with innovation at its heart. ”

SEPs are common in the telecommunications industry. No company can avoid 5G SEPs if they want to design products that meet 5G standards. Huawei has ranked first in the world in patent cooperation treaty applications for five years.

The report notes that African countries are already benefiting from Huawei’s 5G patents, as several carriers have already started rolling out 5G with the company’s equipment to deliver high-speed broadband to homes and offices, as well as specific solutions for mining, tourism and other specific industries.

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Huawei is also ranked globally as the second largest R&D investor by the EU’s 2021 Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

Over the past 20 years in Africa, Huawei’s advanced patented technologies have helped connect approximately 1 billion people and brought innovative rural network solutions to more than 10 million people who were previously unconnected.

These networks provide access to information-based services such as health and education. To combat climate change and its impacts, Huawei has leveraged digital technologies to provide a green, smart and secure digital power solution tailored to Africa with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and addressing energy shortages. ‘electricity.

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