Company holds No. 1 rank in China in same category
8 March 2012, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced today it had applied for the fourth-most smartphone patents of any company globally, with 972 total applications.
A report by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China published the global rankings. The report also states that ZTE ranked first in China for smartphone patent applications, with 1,019. According to the report, applications for smart phone patents increased rapidly around the globe from 2003 through 2006. In China, applications for smart phone patents began to increase rapidly in 2005. During that year, applications filed by domestic applicants outnumbered those filed by overseas applicants for the first time.
“Patent applications are important to ZTE,” said ZTE Executive Vice President He Shiyou. “Our global and domestic rankings in smartphone patent filings show the company’s commitment to R&D and innovation.”
ZTE has over a decade of experience in cell phone R&D. To date, ZTE has acquired more than 8,000 total cell phone patents at home and abroad. Of those, over 6,000 are Chinese patents. It also holds more than 2,000 international PCT patents, with more than 70 per cent of those related to 3G and cellular.
In 2011, ZTE’s cell phone business grew more than 50 per cent year-on-year, and its global shipments of smart terminals topped 12 million, a year-on-year increase of 400 per cent. According to a report by research firm Gartner, ZTE is the second-fastest-growing smartphone maker in the world. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the company became the world’s No. 4 cell phone maker in terms of shipment volume.