Chinese telecom device maker Huawei has renewed its global patent cross license agreement with Ericsson.
As a part of the renewal, Huawei will make ongoing royalty payments based on its actual sales to Ericsson from 2016. However, Huawei did not provide further financial details about this agreement.
According to Huawei, the renewed agreement covers patents relating to both companies' wireless standard-essential patents, including the GSM, UMTS and LTE cellular standards. Under this agreement, both companies are able to access and implement the other company's standard essential patents and technologies globally.
Ding Jianxin, head of Huawei's intellectual property unit, said that the agreement reflects the joint view of the two parties that innovation and intellectual property rights shall be protected. Ding says it is important to pay reasonable compensation for using others' intellectual property rights, which can promote technology innovation, technology sharing and standardization, and industry evolution.