Huawei announces that it has gained 4th position in the ranking of companies filing patents with the European Patent Office (EPO). Subsequently flaunting after Philips, Samsung and LG, the company claims to upturn ahead of Siemens and United Technologies.
The company filed a total of 1953 applications with the office in 2015. For the second year in a row, it topped digital communications, boasting 1197 filings in this sector alone.
In the field of digital communications, Huawei is known to have taken the top slot thereby stalking Ericsson and Qualcomm.
Emphasizing on contributing innovative patents to the industry, Huawei states that it invests over 10 % of its revenue in R&D every year. Its research activities in Europe, where over 1 900 highly qualified R&D engineers and consultants are currently working for Huawei, are a cornerstone of this strategy.
“The results highlight our unwavering commitment to protecting intellectual property as a driver of innovation, with a strong focus on Europe as a fertile breeding ground for innovation,” said Georg Kreuz, Chief IP Counsel at Huawei, commenting on the results. “The European business environment is set to become fully digitised, and at Huawei, we are proud to remain the top contributor to this innovation process. Protecting intellectual property in this field is of the utmost importance, and as a natural consequence the number of newly filed European patent applications has to increase.”
The company’s European network of R&D centres, with the European Research Institute (ERI) in Leuven, Belgium, at its helm, fosters win-win research collaboration with European partners.
The EPO is pulling in the same direction. In 2015, it stepped up efforts to ensure that businesses’ investments in innovation and IP pay off. It is the first of the world’s five largest IP offices to achieve a fully certified end-to-end patent granting and post-grant process, from filing to publication. The office has also made decisive progress towards a unitary patent. “The EPO has done everything it can to ensure that this could be the year of the first unitary patent,” stressed EPO president Benoît Battistelli. “In December, we finalised all the necessary preparatory work. Following the adoption of a package of rules in December, the EPO is now legally, technically and operationally ready to deliver this new unitary patent.”
The EPO’s annual report indicates that applications at the EPO grew again in 2015, reaching 160 000, up 4.8 % from 2014, and the highest number ever.