Huawei Helps China Overtake Germany in Receiving U.S. Patents
(Bloomberg) -- Huawei Technologies Co. broke into the top 10 recipients of U.S. patents last year, according to an analysis of filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the latest sign that Chinese companies are aggressive in pursuing the U.S. lead in global technology.
The telecom company’s 2,418 patents, along with 2,177 new patents issued to display-screen maker BOE Technology Group, help propel China into the rank of fourth-biggest recipient of U.S. patents, behind Japan and South Korea but ahead of Germany for the first time, according to the analysis by Fairview Research’s IFI Claims Patent Services.“China’s growing rapidly but they’re still way behind the U.S. in terms of patents,” said Larry Cady, a senior analyst with IFI.
International Business Machines Corp. retained its title of top recipient of patents for the 27th year, with a record 9,262 patents, far ahead of No. 2 Samsung Electronics Co. and No. 3 Canon Inc.
Overall, the patent office issued 333,530 patents, an all-time high and a 15% jump after a decline in 2018. Cady said the increase likely reflects efforts to release a bottleneck over what can qualify for a patent, such as in the fields of artificial intelligence.AI, cloud computing, blockchain and security were among the top areas for IBM, the Armonk, New York, company said. The IBM patents reflect the work of more than 8,500 inventors over 45 states and 54 countries, the company added.
While IBM may be consistently the top recipient of patents, its holdings aren’t the largest, IFI found. That title belongs to Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea, with Canon Inc. of Japan the second-largest corporate owner of patents. The difference, Cady said, is that IBM doesn’t keep all of its patents.
“We really look at new patents as an indication of innovation and we regularly review and prune our patent assets,” said Jason McGee, chief technology officer for IBM Cloud Platform. “We may get rid of ones that we don’t think are strategic or could be better served with someone else.”
IBM also announced that it’s joined the License on Transfer, or LOT, Network, which was co-founded by Red Hat Inc. IBM bought the software company for $34 billion last year.
Overall, the list of top recipients is dominated by American and Asian technology companies. Behind IBM, Samsung and Canon are Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., LG Electronics Inc. and Apple Inc. topping the list after Canon. Ford Motor Co., which broke into the top 10 last year, was just ahead of Amazon.com Inc. and then Huawei.
Many of the patents issued to Huawei relate to things like high-frequency transmission that are needed for the next generation of wireless technology known as 5G.
President Donald Trump’s administration in May moved to restrict U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei. The administration has said Huawei gear could be used for spying -- an allegation the company denied.
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What goes up must come down.........the west went up over a century ago and now it’s China turn to go up.....
China was late to the party and their behaviour may very well get them kicked out.
The whole world has been going "up" since the Agricultural Revolution. There is a enough pie for everyone.
the wording of "top 10 recipients of U.S. patents" indicates the number of patents being approved, not patents that are filed at USPTO.
If China steals our technology is there any reason we should honor their patents?
We honor them precisely because they are not stolen.
China sees patents as an imperial tool, thus Chinese courts basically ignore IP theft by their companies.
@i-fruit Chinese courts don't protect patents and copy rights. How many pirated Windows versions are running in China right now?
@WILLIAM The US largely invented 5G. Talk to Qualcomm, Xilinx, Cisco, etc... There are many technologies involved in 5G and 80% of the spend is in the data center.
Where's the US 5G technology then ?
If your technology is patented, why can't you defend it?
The assumption is "If" China steals our technology, moron!
good for them.
Im curious why they can file patents here but they don't respect our in China
You need to file a patent in each country.
Ban patent to make America and cons feel great again
Do you even know what a patent is? Please explain how one can steal a patent?
Is Overtake Germany in Receiving U.S. Patents illegal or should be ashamed of?
Had Verizon paid Huawei the $1 billion in licensing fees?
So... why do we honor the Chinese patents???
These are US patents.
think of ways to contain China's technology advancement.
Means nothing if you cannot sell your products!
Well John, that would be true if that was the case, but China had the most profits in history in 2018 on exports to the US, while at the same time trump was screaming he was hurting them badly with all the tariffs he placed on them.