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Huawei ranks in the top ten for the first time in U.S. patent applications

From the point of view of the ownership of patent companies granted by the U.S. government, the United States ranks first with 156,600 patents. Japan ranks second with 54,400. South Korea ranks third with 22,100. Finally, China ranks fourth with 16,900. Germany ranked fifth with 16,800 pieces. This is also the first time that China has surpassed Germany.

Last year was the year with the highest number of patents granted by the US government. It was also last year that Huawei was among the top 10 in the United States for the first time in the number of patent applications in the United States. Overall, China also surpassed Germany in 2019, becoming the fourth largest country on the U.S. patent list. Source: Bloomberg.

However, in fact, not only Huawei, but also the number of patent applications filed by Chinese companies such as BOE and Tencent in the United States increased sharply year-on-year, exceeding the national average.

On January 14, the US Commercial Patent Database (IFI Claims Patent Services) released data showing that the US Patent and Trademark Office awarded a total of 333,530 patents in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 15%. year.

From the point of view of the ownership of patent companies granted by the U.S. government, the United States ranks first with 156,600 patents. Japan ranks second with 54,400. South Korea ranks third with 22,100, and China ranks fourth with 16,900. Germany ranked fifth with 16,800 pieces. This is also the first time that China has surpassed Germany.

In this list, IBM (9262) has become the largest patent awarded company in the United States for 27 consecutive years. South Korea’s Samsung (6469) ranked second. However, the number of patents is not equal to the quality of patents. Analysis of the US commercial patent database indicates that as IBM withdraws from the consumer electronics market. Its patents are mainly focused on enterprises and B2B, not hardware.

In 2019, Huawei won 2,418 patents granted by the United States, making it into the top ten for the first time. Bloomberg revealed that many of Huawei’s patents in the United States are related to 5G. In response, Larry Candy, analyst at U.S. commercial patent database, said, “The United States’ attitude towards Huawei is a bit funny now. We threaten them and restrict Huawei’s access to technology and market access. But at the same time 5G is developing at a high speed. There is an absolute lead in the field. ”

As of September last year, a German patent data company IPlytics report pointed out that among the global 5G SEP essential patents, Huawei has occupied an absolute commanding height with up to 3325 applications. Lu Yong, vice president of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. once said that Huawei’s 5G patents accounted for 20% of the world’s total, while all US companies’ 5G core patents accounted for less than 15%.

Not only Huawei, but also BOE, which has performed well in the field of flexible screens in recent years. It obtained 2,177 patents in the United States last year, an increase of 33% year-on-year, and rose 4 places to 13. %. The increase has exceeded the average level. TSMC from Taiwan, China ranked 12th with 2,331 patents this time, down 6 places from 2018.

Although realizing that there is still a gap between China and the United States in the competition for intellectual property rights, Larry Candi, an analyst of the US commercial patent database, admitted that “China (the number of patents) has grown rapidly.”

Last October, the United Nations specialized agency, the World Intellectual Property Organization, released The World Intellectual Property Indicators in 2019. It points out that in 2018, the number of global patents, trademarks and industrial design applications reached a new high.

Additionally, Asia’s patents, trademarks and industrial design applications accounted for more than two-thirds of the global total. China leads the world in several indicators of world intellectual property rights and continues to drive the overall growth of global intellectual property demand. Also in 2018, Huawei’s international patent applications ranked first in the world in the enterprise.

A few days ago, the State Intellectual Property Office also released the latest data. With the level of 4510 patents, Huawei has become China’s number one domestic invention patent authorized in 2019 (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).

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