A number of Chinese smartphone makers including Huawei are all geared up to intensify patent battles against Apple. According to The Wall Street Journal, three Chinese companies top the rankings for the most international patent filings: Huawei, Qualcomm, and ZTE.
As per reports, Chinese technology companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. to ZTE Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. are acquiring patents through licensing deals, acquisitions as well as massive spending on research and development. Such moves may result in more legal battles for market leaders like Apple and Samsung not only in China but also in overseas.
“Last year, Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker and the leader in the telecommunications-equipment market, was the largest filer of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, which makes it easier for companies to file patents in multiple countries.”
“Patents are also playing a role in the harsher mobile landscape Apple and Samsung are navigating in China, where regulators increasingly insist that foreign companies play by Beijing’s rules.”
Huawei, which has set its eyes on becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker in the world, is making huge efforts in order to build patent rights and challenge the industry’s big two.
“We are going to see a lot more Chinese companies filing patents outside China, and more deals and lawsuits involving patents and technologies,” said Benjamin Bai, a partner at Allen & Overy LLP in Shanghai who advises Chinese companies on international intellectual-property strategies.”
In the last five years, Huawei has spent around $30 billion on R&D. Last year, its R&D spending increased by a huge 46% to $9.2 billion, surpassing the $8.1 billion Apple had spent in its most recent fiscal year. Currently, Huawei boasts of as many as 16 R&D centers around the world.