Sun, April 3, 2016
Last month WIPO issued its annual report on PCT applications. The top three PCT filers in 2015 were all telecommunication companies.
1. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.: 3,898
2. Qualcomm, Inc.: 2,442
3. ZTE Corp.: 2,155
See Annex 2, here.
Is there any wisdom in these rankings, you might ask yourself. First of all, it is about applications and not about granted patents. Second even if it were about granted patents, the quality of many a patent are bad. However, one could argue that it is an indication of innovation, although this indication might be skewed.
Thu, March 8, 2012
+ 33.4%Some international patent filings statistics from Geneva. The amount of international patent filings of Chinese companies and educational institutions grew with a stunning 33,4 percent in 2011 to 16,406. This means that more and more Chinese companies and educational institutions value overseas patents to protect their inventions. The U.S. still leads the applications with 26.7 […]
Mon, August 8, 2011
Photo: Close EncountersTo Migrate or not. A wildebeest‘s dilemma:“Starvation if I stay, or risk of being eaten by a crocodile if I go“ Shen Jingting wrote an excellent article for China Daily about the epic migration taking place within the Shenzhen mobile phone industry. Shen is distinguishing three phases: Production of Shanzhai phones and focus on […]
Mon, May 2, 2011
Photo: Danny FriedmannShake Or Crush Your Hand, you choose. What if you are developing a product but your competitor has patented some technology needed to achieve the technical result? And at the same time you have some patents that you know you competitor likes to use? You might consider to cross-license. However, from a patent […]
Tue, February 15, 2011
Lee Caffin, IP strategist and patent attorney specialist in lifesciences at Think IP Strategy, has an interesting post on China’s National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2010), read here. After a historical overview from 2006 to 2011, Mr Caffin is posing a question that some protectionist governments might ask: “Should countries institute patent trade barriers or limit […]
Tue, November 9, 2010
Professor David Llewelyn (King’s College London and IP Academy, Singapore) wrote an exceptional book that will appeal to both laypeople and IP professionals. Although Invisible Gold in Asia does not aim to be a scholarly book (for example there are no footnotes), the book could not be written by a non-scholar. For laypeople the book […]
Tue, February 9, 2010
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published statistics of the number of Patent Convention Treaty (international patent) applications worldwide. China’s PCT applications from 2008 to 2009 rose an estimated 29.7%, to 7,946 applications, estimated for 2009. The top PCT applicants of 2009 include two Chinese providers of telecommunication and network solutions: Rank 2: Huawei Technologies […]
Mon, November 20, 2006
Gao Hucheng, the Vice-Minister of Commerce, wrote an article about the need for China to improve its brands and IPRs in order to become internationally more competitive. Haier, the Chinese posterchild that is taking its brand very serious, “put[s] forth 2.6 patents each day on average and takes the lead among all household appliance enterprises […]