InterDigital Wireless Inc, a mobile technology research and development company, said that it expects to license out its 5G network technology patents to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd despite the threat of a US ban on selling chips and software to the Chinese telecommunications firm. Patent attorneys said Qualcomm Inc is likely to do the same, reported Reuters.
InterDigital and Qualcomm are the two major American holders of patents for wireless networking technology, including the 5G networks rolling out this year in China. Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting the ability of US firms to sell technology to Huawei, though officials on eased some of those restrictions for 90 days.
InterDigital, which generates revenue by developing wireless technologies and then licensing out the patents, said it believes it can continue its efforts to strike a 5G deal with Huawei because export control laws do not cover patents, which are public records and therefore not confidential technology.