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Innovation and Intellectual Property

For the past 30 years, Huawei has provided innovative products and solutions to ensure the secure and stable operations of our customers' networks no matter what comes their way, be it earthquakes, tsunamis, or even global conflict. Huawei is committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To realize this vision, Huawei highly values innovation and research into technology. Every year, we invest at least 10% of our revenue in R&D.

Customer-centric and sustained R&D and innovation is the foundation of Huawei's survival and growth. Huawei has grown steadily for more than 30 years and has become a world leader in many aspects of technology and in many of its solutions. This is the result of Huawei's sustained strategic investment for strategic breakthroughs.

Respecting and protecting intellectual property (IP) is the foundation of innovation. While promoting our own growth, we also license to other industry players to promote shared success. Over the past 20 years, Huawei has conducted extensive cross-licensing negotiations with key patent holders in the ICT industry and has entered into more than 200 patent license agreements with major global ICT companies across Europe, the United States, Japan, and South Korea.

Long-term investment in innovation, backed by the utmost respect for intellectual property, has been the driving force behind Huawei's business success, and also forms the cornerstone of our vision to build a fully connected and intelligent world.

CNY1.11 trillion

Our total R&D investment over the last decade now exceeds CNY1.11 trillion


In 2023, our total R&D spending reached CNY164.7 billion, representing 23.4% of our total revenue


In 2023 alone, we submitted nearly 12,000 contributions to standards organizations worldwide


By the end of 2023, Huawei held a total of 140,000+ active patents

Investment and achievements

Sustained Investment in Innovation

Huawei's sustained investment in innovation is the cornerstone of our ongoing growth. Technological innovation and research are at the very heart of our company. We consistently invest at least 10% of our annual sales revenue in R&D, and for the past three years, even more than 20%. In 2023, our total R&D spending reached CNY164.7 billion, representing 23.4% of our total revenue. Our total R&D investment over the last decade now exceeds CNY1.11 trillion. We ranked 5th on the 2023 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard.

A Growing IP Portfolio

As of December 31, 2023, Huawei owns more than 140,000 active patents worldwide. More than 50,000 of these active patents have been granted in China, making us China's top patent holder. Huawei also holds more than 22,000 granted patents in the U.S., and about 15,000 in Europe. Huawei has also remained the largest filer of PCT applications for seven consecutive years.

Licensing Programs

Huawei’s “Top Ten Inventions” Awards

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