Exclusive: Huawei’s U.S. research arm builds separate identity – Reuters

What happened: Huawei’s US-based research branch Futurewei Technologies Inc has been working on separating its operations from its Chinese corporate parent since the US government put Huawei on a trade blacklist.

Futurewei has banned Huawei employees from its office and moved Futurewei employees to a separate IT system, as well as forbidden them from using the Huawei name or logo in communications.

Futurewei has filed more than 2,100 patents in areas such as telecommunications, the fifth-generation wireless network, and video and camera technologies.

Why it’s important: When the US Department of Commerce in May put Huawei and 71 of its affiliates on its “entity list” to bar them from obtaining US technology without approval, Futurewei was not included.

However, its ongoing partnerships with US universities may still be at risk.

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