In 2017, Huawei became the company that applied for the largest number of patents to the European Patent Office. It is also the first Chinese company to apply for the largest number of patents.
In 2017, the European Patent Office received about 166,000 patent applications, of which Huawei filed 2398 patent applications. The number of patent applications received by the European Patent Office increased by about 4% over the previous year, creating a record high.
Huawei said that only its P10 smartphones require a number of patents in wireless technologies, applications, semiconductors, and screen display technologies. In the next few years, the company is expected to invest 10 to 20 billion U.S. dollars annually for R&D.
"Huawei attaches great importance to research and development. Therefore, it is also a natural result that it sets the highest number of patents. "Song Liuping, Huawei's senior vice president and chief legal officer, said," As we participate in the formulation of next-generation communications standards such as 5G, our number of patents will increase further. ”
By the end of 2017, Huawei had applied for 640.91 million patents in China and 4.8758 million patents had been applied outside China. At present, 7.4307 million patents have been approved.
The European Patent Office stated that in 2016, the number of patent applications it received had increased by 6.2% compared to 2015. It also added that during the year, the number of patents applied by China and Korea has been growing rapidly, and they have increased by 24.8% and 6.5% respectively.
According to data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in 2016, ZTE applied for more than 4,123 patents and beat its Chinese rival Huawei. Huawei submitted 3,692 patents in 2016, ranking second. Qualcomm came in third place and submitted 2,466 patent applications.
Over the years, Huawei and ZTE have always been in fierce competition. They had been tried because of patent issues. In 2015, ZTE accused Huawei of infringing its camera patents. In 2013, Huawei sued ZTE for base station patents. It also sued ZTE in 2011 for infringing its trademark and dongle patents.
Last year, Huawei sued Samsung in China for infringing its user interface design patents and winning the case. In the end, the Korean giant was forced to pay Huawei 80 million yuan in compensation.
Previously, Huawei sued Samsung in courts in the United States and China, claiming that the latter violated its 4G standard patents. The South Korean giant later filed a counterclaim, accusing Huawei of Mate 8 and Glory Smartphone infringing on its patents.
In the United States, sales of both companies have fallen sharply as the head of the country’s intelligence agencies recently advised citizens of the country not to use products from Huawei and ZTE.
Last year, Huawei disputed with patent-licensing company Unwired Planet and was once threatened to prohibit the sale of its smartphone in the UK.