According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Europe Patent Office (EPO), HUAWEI ranks the 2nd in Europe with 2390 patent applications, up 2 places from last year, and second only to Philips NV; and HUAWEI is the 7th with 924 granted applications. In the digital communications field, HUAWEI now ranks higher than Ericsson and Qualcomm.
Top 10 EPO Applicants
These statistics tell the story about the development of the leading enterprises around the world. Over the past few years, HUAWEI has been focused on developing innovative technologies and building its own intellectual property reserve. HUAWEI’s annual report shows that the company invests over 10% of its revenue in R&D every year, aiming to drive growth through innovation. As of now, HUAWEI has established 15 R&D institutes / centres and 36 joint innovation centres around the world, mainly in Europe, including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the UK.
According to the EPO, nearly 160000 European patent applications were filed in 2016, on a par with the record number reached the year before. Patent applications from China totaled 7150, a year-in-year increase of about 25%, as well as the fastest growth rate, putting China in the 6th place among all the countries. Benoît Battistelli, president of EPO, explained that the dramatic growth in patent applications from China corresponds with the economic development of the country. Over the past years, China has been working to internationalize its economy and encouraging its enterprises to compete in the global market.
Top 10 Chinese applicants
The report shows that, in the field of digital communications, computer & telecom technology, 20% of the patent applications filed with the EPO in 2016 were from China. HUAWEI tops the field for the third time, ahead of Microsoft, Samsung, etc.