Briefing

Futurewei Technologies separating itself from parent company Huawei

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Futurewei Technologies has banned the use of Huawei’s logo and name, migrated to a separate IT system and is preventing its parent company’s employees from entering its offices. Huawei’s U.S. R&D subsidiary has employees in Seattle, Chicago and Dallas, and its own partnerships with universities. It has applied for more than 2,400 patents in the U.S., according to the World International Patent Organization’s database. (Reuters)

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Talking point: Many U.S. universities have suspended partnerships with Huawei since the company was placed on a U.S. trade blacklist. But some institutions like the University of California, Berkeley are letting faculty continue their work with Futurewei. The R&D subsidiary is a U.S. company, so it cannot be put on the blacklist and is not subject to the same restrictions as its parent company. While Huawei has spent $50 million on research partnerships at 13 Canadian universities, Futurewei does not appear to be as active in the country. The subsidiary has been issued just two patents and has one outstanding application in Canada, according to data from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office; all are under the terms of a cooperation treaty with the U.S. Huawei Canada did not respond to questions from The Logic about Futurewei’s Canadian presence.