Technology patents are a necessary thing for companies to protect their intellectual properties, which shouldn’t be surprising given the amount of patent lawsuits that seems to go on in the technology industry quite often. According to Reuters and WIPO, Huawei, the Chinese mobile device and technology manufacturer has become the number one company to file for international patents in 2014. This doesn’t state that they hold the most international patents of any other company from last year, just that they applied for more than other corporations, a title previously held by ZTE in 2012 which also manufacturers smartphones, tablets and other devices based inside of China.
With Huawei taking over the top spot, ZTE has actually fallen to third place for international patent filings, and popular California-based chip maker Qualcomm comes in at number two. The recent increase from Huawei with international patent filings likely comes by way of convincing from Chinese policy makers over the last few years, who have been urging Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE as well as others to bring more innovation into the industry as opposed to focusing on low-end products that can be obtained for a relatively low price to the consumer.
This push to innovate is something that shines through with products and devices that were announced by companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus and others last year and currently. Huawei will reportedly continue to dump efforts into new technology innovation as Chief Executive of Huawei Ken Hu, spoke at Mobile World Congress earlier this month in Barcelona about the company committing to a $600 million budget for research and development into 5G technologies, which has started back in 2013 and will continue for another three years until at least 2018. Huawei’s passion for innovation is displayed even further with their announcements at CeBIT 2015 where they reportedly announced six key products and seven key solutions including technologies and products like the NetEngine 40E Core Router, CloudEngine 12800 Data Center Switches, Smart City Solution, and Agile Network Solution in an effort to help promote open innovation.