Huawei is reportedly moving to trademark the name of its operating system, Hongmeng, in Peru. The Chinese tech giant is also objecting to its US ban with an ex parte letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a report says. Google last month locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the US Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license to update existing devices. Huawei’s phones currently run on a version of Google’s Android mobile operating system, and it has previously said it has no immediate plans to launch its own Hongmeng OS. Huawei is looking at launching it only if Android is permanently removed as an option for its smartphone customers. Earlier this week, Huawei then reportedly began inviting Google Play Store developers to publish their apps on its own AppGallery app store. A trademark application for Hongmeng was filed with Peru’s National Institute for the Defense of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) on May 27, Reuters reported Wednesday. Indecopi reportedly asked Huawei for additional information. Meanwhile, CNBC published Huawei’s ex parte memo (pdf) Wednesday, in which the company objects to being banned on the grounds of national security threats. “Banning particular vendors on grounds of ‘national security’ will actually do little or nothing to protect the security of America’s telecommunications networks,” the memo says. “Rather, forcing network operators to rip out and replace their existing equipment would pose a greater threat to network stability and security.” The memo adds that the ban could cause the… [Read full story]
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