WIPO names Huawei No. 1 filer of international patents

by Staff

For the second consecutive year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva named Huawei Technologies the world’s top international patent filer, cementing its place as a technology innovator.

Huawei has ranked in the Top 5 among international patent filers annually since 2008. For 2015, Huawei applied for 3,898 patents, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year. This put Huawei ahead of other major tech giants, including Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, and HP.

WIPO tracks applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an agreement that gives a filer patent protection in 148 countries with a single application.

“Global intellectual property applications, like those for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, provide a good indication of the incidence and location of innovation,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

Huawei also was the largest patent filer in the digital communication sector, and ranked second in the computer technology sector, behind only HP, according to WIPO.

Huawei has over 76,000 engineers dedicated to research and development, some of which work in six R&D offices in the United States. Huawei R&D is developing innovations in smart cities, 5G, IoT, and consumer and enterprise products.