According to an analysis by Incopat, corporate applicants accounted for about 67% of Chinese invention patents in 2020, among which Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.’s is by far the leader. College and university patentees accounted for about 22% with Zhejiang University continuing to rank number 1 for invention patents. The top foreign corporate patentee was Samsung Electronics at #9. The top American corporate patentee was Qualcomm at #16.
Huawei remains the top patentee in 2020 while Alibaba makes the biggest jump upward from 2019 from 14 to 8. Intel fell off the list in 2020 and Qualcomm dropped 11 in 2019 to 16 in 2020.
Top 20 Corporate Patentees in China for 2020 (not normalized)
|2020 Rank||2019 Rank||Corporation||2020 Patents|
|1||1||Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.||6393|
|2||4||OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd.||3580|
|4||5||BOE Technology Co., Ltd.||2882|
|5||6||Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.||2812|
|6||9||Zhuhai Gree Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.||2677|
|7||2*||State Grid Corporation (国家电网公司)||2498|
|8||14||Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.||2098|
|10||13||Vivo Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.||1686|
|12||2*||State Grid Corporation of China
|14||Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.||1337|
|15||10||Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.||1166|
|17||17||Mitsubishi Electric Co., Ltd.||1156|
|18||15||Toyota Motor Corporation||1035|
* State Grid patents were normalized in 2019 leading to a higher ranking.
The top 3 IPC classifications for 2020 patents were G06 (calculation; calculation; counting), H04 (electric communication technology), and G01 (measurement; testing).
G06 Top Patentees
|1||Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.||1597|
|2||Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.||1464|
|3||OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.||1343|
|4||Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.||1004|
|5||Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.||698|
|6||Vivo Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.||691|
|8||State Grid Corporation||570|
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
H04 Top Patentees
|1||Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.||4880|
|2||OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.||2086|
|3||Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.||1289|
|5||Vivo Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.||970|
|6||Litong Co., Ltd.||856|
|8||Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.||789|
|10||Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications||654|
Chinese Patentees by Country
China was the largest patentee of Chinese patents in 2020 with Japan, United States, Germany and South Korea following. Cayman Islands also made a showing in the top 10, perhaps because many Chinese companies form holding companies there.
|Rank||Country||2020 Chinese Patents|
Note that official 2020 patent statistics have not yet been released. We’ll report on it in the next few days but we expect a tremendous increase in all three types of Chinese patent filings in 2020 versus 2019 despite the pandemic.