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Over $6b in IP royalties paid by Huawei, nearly 80% to US firms

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Huawei has said it has paid more than $6 billion in patent royalties since 2001, with nearly 80% paid to companies from the United States.

For money headed in the opposite direction, Huawei claimed it had over 10 outbound licence agreements for which it has received over $1.4 billion since 2015, achieved through “amicable negotiations”.

In the white paper [PDF] released on Thursday, Huawei said it “actively contributes to the legislative processes” regarding intellectual property in China, and helps align Chinese IP protection with international legislation.

“We make suggestions on the legislation and amendment of China’s IP protection laws, including the Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Criminal Law and Anti-Monopoly Law, as well as their implementation rules and legal interpretations,” the company said.

“In doing so, we aim to strengthen IP protection and help create a better environment for innovation and IP protection in China.”

The white paper aligned with comments from Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei last week, who claimed the company could not have committed historic intellectual property theft.

See: Chinese vendors bookend 5G RAN market

“Even if we were small, we have very strong business ethics and integrity, otherwise we cannot come to where we are today,” Ren said.

“The claims of Huawei theft of IPR, that’s not possible.”

Huawei said on Thursday that it respects, applies, and contributes to IP rules.

“Huawei respects the IP belonging to other parties, and is committed to protecting its own. We have signed patent cross-license agreements with many international ICT companies, and we contribute to creating an environment in which innovation and IP are well protected both within the industry and in every country where we operate,” it said.

“We strive to resolve these disputes through amicable negotiations. We will also resort to judicial procedures or arbitration for dispute resolution if no agreement can be reached through negotiation.”

In 2003, Cisco sued the Chinese giant for infringing on its patents and copying its source code.

Almost a decade later, Cisco called Huawei out for stating the suit was unjustified, and challenged Huawei to release an expert report from the time on the incident.

“In fact, within a few months of filing suit, Cisco obtained a worldwide injunction against sale by Huawei of products, including our code for a Cisco-proprietary routing protocol called EIGRP, and Huawei publicly admitted that the code had been used in their products and they pledged to stop,” Cisco’s senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary Mark Chandler said at the time.

Also: The winner in the war on Huawei is Samsung  

Huawei is currently facing charges in the US for allegedly stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile. The alleged activity occurred during 2012-13, and relates to Huawei’s attempts to build a robot similar to the one T-Mobile was using at the time to test mobile phones.

The US indictment related to the case alleges Huawei offered bonuses to employees for stealing information, before needing to clarifying for its US employees that such behaviour would be illegal.

“The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company in an attempt to undermine the free and fair global marketplace,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in January.

The Chinese giant pleaded not guilty.

On Thursday, Huawei used language to step around these legal issues.

“In the past 30 years, no court has ever concluded that Huawei engaged in malicious IP theft, and Huawei has never been required by the court to pay damages for this.”

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How To Earn Microsoft Reward Points While Playing Your Xbox Series X|S

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If you have an Xbox Series X or S, that means you already have a Microsoft account, and, presumably, you’ve linked the account to your console. If you haven’t, you’ll need to sign into the Microsoft account you want to use for earning rewards, so that when you play games and make purchases, the points go toward that particular email address. You can check out the points you’ve already earned, as well as various ways to earn more points, by heading over to the Microsoft Rewards user portal on the Bing website. You can also use the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox.

If you want to grow your points by playing Xbox games, you’ll need to sign up for the Xbox Game Pass subscription, which provides customers with a large library of games they can play, as well as some other perks. Points are earned by completing quests in games that are available in the Game Pass library. Microsoft says you can view these quests in the Rewards app under the Xbox Games Pass section. If you haven’t yet downloaded the app, you can get a snapshot look at how the rewards process works on the Xbox Games Pass Quests web page.

According to Microsoft, it adds new quests to this section of the Rewards app on a daily basis. Keep in mind that you’ll need to manually head over to that part of the app when you finish a quest in order to redeem the points. Once those points have been applied to your account, however, you’ll be able to redeem them for rewards within the same app.

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The 1993 Aston Martin Concept Car Perfect For Any James Bond Villain

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Cream leather, chrome, white dials, and a thin-rimmed steering wheel tell the story of an Art Deco cabin modernized for the mid-1990s. The dashboard, pedals, and wheel featured extensive nickel plating, says David Dowsey, while the dashboard was made from a single piece of laminated beech wood.

According to a Discovery documentary about Lagonda — and in what must have felt thoroughly futuristic at the time — the concept featured an integrated satellite navigation system and built-in laptop computers for rear passengers (or Bond villains) to work on. A final flourish saw the car’s steering wheel move out of the way when the driver’s door was opened.

Although it would surely have been toned down for a production version, the concept’s retro interior details are reminiscent of the Jaguar S-Type that arrived in 1999. At the time, both Jaguar and Aston Martin (as well as Land Rover, Lincoln, and Volvo) were part of the Ford-owned Premier Automotive Group.

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Netflix And GM Have Teamed-Up For A New Super Bowl 2023 Ad Featuring Will Ferrell

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According to a press release from General Motors, the auto giant teamed up with Netflix during past championship games to show off its then-brand-new Ultium EV platform. This year, the ads feature former “Saturday Night Live” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” star Will Ferrell driving around a new GMC Sierra EV in the Netflix original “Army of the Dead.” An ad also features Will Ferrell in the back of a Chevy Blazer EV in the “Squid Game” universe.

Netflix says that it’s already committed to putting as many EVs in its original programming as it can. As such, a Chevy Bolt will be present in an upcoming season of “Love is Blind,” a Bolt EUV will appear in “The Brothers Sun,” a GMC Hummer will star in “Queer Eye,” and Rob Lowe will drive around a Cadillac Lyriq in “Unstable.” 

Blatant product placement can be hit or miss, especially when it comes to a huge financial decision like a car. However, stuffing shows full of EVs with the help of GM is certainly one way to get people talking about electric cars.

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