Huawei Technologies warned against the politicization of innovation and intellectual property in a new white paper, and said it has not engaged in any malicious breach of IP rights since its inception in the late 1980s.
No court has ever concluded that the world’s largest telecoms gear maker has engaged in IP theft and the company has never had to pay damages in this area, said Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, in a statement on Thursday.
“If politicians use IP as a political tool, they will destroy confidence in the patent protection system,” Song said in a press conference at the Shenzhen-based company’s headquarters on Thursday.
“If some governments selectively strip companies of their IP, it will break the foundation of global innovation.”
The US government put Huawei on a trade blacklist last month citing national security concerns, cutting off the Shenzhen-based company’s access to American hi-tech suppliers, including semiconductor firms Qualcomm and Intel as well as software providers Google and Microsoft.
Huawei relies heavily on Google and Microsoft operating systems for its smartphone and PC products.