In a study released by IPR Daily and incoPat Innovation Index Research Center, Huawei remains the top Chinese corporate patentee in China for the first half of 2020. The number of Chinese patent grants (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) in the first half of 2020 at the China National Intellectual Property Administration totaled 217,222, and Chinese applicants accounted for 81% of these patents. In the first half of 2020, there were 11 Chinese companies with more than 1,000 patents. Among them, Huawei ranked first with 3,005 patents, State Grid ranked second with 2,510 patents, and OPPO ranked third with 2004.
The top 20 Chinese corporate patentees in H1 2021 follow. Note that the table does not include universities nor does it include foreign patentees.
|Rank||Chinese Patentee||2020 H1 Patents|
|2||State Grid 国家电网||2510|
|11||Alibaba (including AliPay) 阿里巴巴（含支付宝）||1058|
|12||Gree Electric 格力电器||972|
|18||China Southern Power Grid 南方电网||568|
|19||China Mobile 中国移动||546|
Data Source: incoPat Global Patent Database
Mobile phone technologies remained popular with at least five of the top twenty patentees in that space including Huawei, ZTE, VIVO, Xiaomi, and China Mobile.
In terms of geographic distribution of patentees, Guangdong Province ranked first (29,620), Beijing ranked second (25,848) and Jiangsu Province ranked third (17,667).