On January 11, the latest research report released by patent database provider IFI Claims Patent Services showed that Huawei’s ranking on the US patent list continued to rise, reaching fifth. At the same time, Chinese companies account for an increasing share of global innovation.
The report shows that in 2021, Huawei won 2,770 US patents, ranking fifth, basically the same as 2,761 in 2020. “Big Blue” IBM won 8,682 U.S. patents last year, ranking first in the U.S. patent list for 29 consecutive years, but down 5% from 9,130 in 2020.
Although Huawei’s network equipment has been shut out of the U.S. market and access to mobile phone parts has been cut off by the U.S. government, Huawei has been successful in obtaining U.S. patents.
The reason why Huawei’s patent ranking last year rose from ninth in 2020 to fifth is partly due to the decrease in the number of patents obtained by other companies. Last year, the number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fell 7 percent year-on-year. Samsung, Canon, and TSMC ranked second to fourth, but the number of U.S. patents they obtained last year decreased by 1%, 6%, and 1% year-on-year, respectively.
Globally, Chinese companies dominate. In 2021, Samsung still ranks first with 90,416 patents, but six Chinese entities, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Huawei, have more invention patents than IBM. IBM is only eighth. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Midea Group, Huawei, China Petrochemical Corporation, China State Construction Engineering Corporation, and Gree Electric ranked second to seventh respectively.
▲ Huawei ranks fourth in global patents
U.S. companies accounted for less than half of the 327,329 U.S. patents issued last year. Chinese companies are fourth in the number of patents granted, but are expected to overtake South Korea as the third-largest recipient of patents. IFIClaimsCEO Mike? The total number of U.S. patent filings fell last year, but only Chinese and Swiss companies were not dragging their feet, said MikeBaycroft, chief executive officer of Bakercroft.
“It’s something that puzzles us all,” he said. “Is it related to Covid-19? We don’t know, but it’s a possible explanation.”
Artificial intelligence and machine learning remain the fastest-growing areas of innovation. In this area, IBM, Samsung, Google, Intel and Microsoft lead the way.