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Oppo And HTC – Intelectual Property Comparison

November 20, 2014 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

HTC and Oppo are both really interesting companies. HTC is located in Taiwan while Oppo is a Chinese manufacturer. Both of these companies are well-known in the smartphone world, though HTC is far more popular worldwide considering they ship their devices all around the globe and have a good reputation, despite the fact they don’t sell as many devices as they’d like. HTC has been bleeding cash for a long time and managed to turn some profit in the last quarter due to cutting costs, the company still needs to move a lot more devices in order to keep gaining profit. Oppo, on the other hands, is doing business mainly in China and all over Asia and is far less known worldwide. Oppo’s business is right on track at the moment though, the company has recently launched its flagship Oppo N3 handset which is in-demand at the moment, at least in China.

HTC was founded in 1997 while Oppo was born 6 years after that, in 2003. Despite the fact HTC is 6 years older than Oppo, these two companies have a similar amount of patents according to the report from China. Alright, let’s take a look at three categories of patents these companies own (the distribution of patents): invention, utility distribution and design patents. As far as HTC goes, they own 74%, 9% and 17% of these patents, respectively. So HTC owns most invention patents in its portfolio. Looking at Oppo, the percentages are completely different, 13%, 75% and 12% respectively. Oppo is far stronger in the utility distribution sector.

When it comes to the software offerings, both of these companies make skins for their devices, HTC’s Android skin is called “Sense UI” while Oppo’s skin is called “Color OS”. HTC’s Sense UI is significantly older software than Oppo’s and HTC has far more of its services developed according to the report. According to the report, HTC’s period, as far as intellectual property goes, started in 2006 and ended in 2009. On the other hands Oppo didn’t have such significant fluctuations, the company has had a rather steady stats ever since it was founded in this regard.

There are two completely different companies which have different goals, but it’s always nice to compare them and look at certain aspects of their business. Too bad this report doesn’t share financial results or something similar to that, I believe we’d see some interesting data in there. I’m rooting for HTC to start selling more devices and gets back on its feet while it will be interesting to see how will Oppo compete with the likes of Xiaomi and Meizu in China and will the company make a significant push to other markets.