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Huawei crackdown

Huawei pushes Verizon to pay for 200 patents: report

Apparent licensing dispute reflects Washington-Beijing trade fight

Huawei Technologies has faced a litany of headaches triggered by the trade sanctions issued by the U.S. Commerce Department last month.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Chinese telecom equipment supplier Huawei Technologies has informed Verizon Communications, a leading U.S. wireless carrier, that it owes licensing fees on more than 200 patents, according to a news report Wednesday.

A Huawei executive in charge of intellectual property sent a letter in February requesting fee payments from Verizon to resolve the "patent licensing issue," The Wall Street Journal wrote in its online version, citing informed sources. The patents reportedly include those for network infrastructure and equipment, as well as "internet of things" technology.

Representatives from the two sides met in New York last week to discuss some of the patents, according to a source cited in the report.

Verizon would not comment on the specifics, citing potential legal issues, but company spokesman Rich Young told The Nikkei Asian Review that the issue is "larger than just Verizon. Given the broader geopolitical context, any issue involving Huawei has implications for our entire industry and also raises national and international concerns."

Huawei declined to comment.

The U.S. Commerce Department last month placed Huawei on a blacklist that essentially forbids procurement of American-made components. This patent dispute could deepen the tensions between the U.S. and China.

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