WIPO: ZTE and HUAWEI of China Rank First and Third in PCT Application of 2011

By the news of 6th March, WIPO released the statistics on the PCT application in 2011 global wide, among which ZTE Corporation of China with 2,826 published applications overtook Panasonic Corporation of Japan (2,463) as the top PCT applicant in 2011. Huawei Technologies, Co. of China (1,831) ranks third.

Despite difficult economic conditions, international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – a growth of 10.7% on 2010 and the fastest growth since 2005. China, Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 82% of the total growth. In 2011, the patent application in China saw a growth of 33.4 on 2011, the fastest growth among all, and totaled 16, 406; a growth of 8% in U.S.A totaled 48, 596 and a growth of 21% in Japan totaled 38, 888.

“The recovery in international patent filings that we saw in 2010 gained strength in 2011,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “This underlines the important role played by the PCT system in a world where innovation is an increasingly important feature of economic strategy. It also shows that companies have been continuing to innovate in 2011. ZTE Corporation of China with 2,826 published applications overtook Panasonic Corporation of Japan (2,463) as the top PCT applicant in 2011. Huawei Technologies, Co. of China (1,831) ranks third. While, HP drop to the current sixth from the third of last year. Digital communications with 11,574 published applications remained the field of technology accounting for the largest share of total PCT applications in 2011, followed by electronic machinery (6.9%) and medical technology (6.6%), and electronic machinery saw the fastest growth.

According to the List of the Patent Application Granted to Domestic Companies published by the State Intellectual Property Office, ZTE also ranks 1st with the application of 3, 178, followed by Huawei of 2, 751. Meanwhile, ZTE also owns most patents granted in China of more than 5, 000. Moreover, Guangdong, Beijing and Jiangsu are the top three provinces of the patent application in China. (For more information on the invention patent statistics, please refer our post “SIPO: 172,113 Granted Invention Patent in China 2011”) It’s also introduced by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry that more and more innovation is being carried in the large middle-income economies of the Russian Federation (+20.8%), Brazil (+17.2%) and India (+11.2%) recorded double-digit filing growth.

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