Huawei Remains Top Corporate Patentee in China in H1 2020

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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
1 Huawei 华为 3005
2 State Grid 国家电网 2510
3 OPPO 2004
4 BOE 京东方 1514
5 Sinopec 中国石化 1377
6 Midea 美的 1295
7 TenCent 腾讯科技 1274
8 PetroChina 中国石油 1240
9 ZTE 中兴 1214
10 TCL 1169
11 Alibaba (including AliPay) 阿里巴巴(含支付宝) 1058
12 Gree Electric 格力电器 972
13 VIVO 838
14 Haier 海尔智家 746
15 CRRC 中国中车 675
16 Lenovo 联想 608
17 Xiaomi  小米通讯 588
18 China Southern Power Grid 南方电网 568
19 China Mobile 中国移动 546
20 Inspur 浪潮 503

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).

Author: Aaron Wininger

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Director of China Intellectual Property at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.

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Author: Aaron Wininger

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Director of China Intellectual Property at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.