LIMA/SHANGHAI: China’s Huawei has utilized to trademark its “Hongmeng” working system (OS) in at the least 9 international locations and Europe, knowledge from a UN physique exhibits, in an indication it might be deploying a back-up plan in key markets as U.S. sanctions threaten its enterprise mannequin.
The transfer comes after the Trump administration put Huawei on a blacklist final month that barred it from doing enterprise with U.S. tech firms reminiscent of Alphabet Inc, whose Android OS is utilized in Huawei’s telephones.
Since then, Huawei – the world’s largest maker of telecoms community gear – has filed for a Hongmeng trademark in international locations reminiscent of Cambodia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand, knowledge from the U.N. World Mental Property Group (WIPO) exhibits.
It additionally filed an software in Peru on Might 27, in keeping with the nation’s anti-trust company Indecopi.
Huawei has a back-up OS in case it’s minimize off from U.S.-made software program, Richard Yu, CEO of the agency’s shopper division, informed German newspaper Die Welt in an interview earlier this 12 months.
The agency, additionally the world’s second-largest maker of smartphones, has not but revealed particulars about its OS.
Its functions to trademark the OS present Huawei needs to make use of “Hongmeng” for devices starting from smartphones, moveable computer systems to robots and automobile televisions.
At dwelling, Huawei utilized for a Hongmeng trademark in August final 12 months and obtained a nod final month, in keeping with a submitting on China’s mental property administration’s web site.
Huawei declined to remark.
In keeping with WIPO knowledge, the earliest Huawei functions to trademark the Hongmeng OS outdoors China had been made on Might 14 to the European Union Mental Property Workplace and South Korea, or proper after the US flagged it could stick Huawei on an export blacklist.
Huawei has come beneath mounting scrutiny for over a 12 months, led by U.S. allegations that “again doorways” in its routers, switches and different gear might permit China to spy on U.S. communications.
The corporate has denied its merchandise pose a safety menace.
Nonetheless, shoppers have been spooked by how issues have escalated, with many seeking to offload their gadgets on worries they’d be minimize off from Android updates within the wake of the U.S. blacklist.
Huawei’s hopes to turn into the world’s prime promoting smartphone maker within the fourth quarter this 12 months have now been delayed, a senior Huawei govt mentioned this week.
Peru’s Indecopi has mentioned it wants extra info from Huawei earlier than it might probably register a trademark for Hongmeng within the nation, the place there are some 5.5 million Huawei telephone customers.
The company didn’t give particulars on the paperwork it had sought, however mentioned Huawei had as much as 9 months to reply.
Huawei representatives in Peru declined to offer rapid remark, whereas the Chinese language embassy in Lima didn’t reply to requests for remark.