ztelogo ZTE takes top patent slot in 2011 with nearly 3,000 PCT patent filings

ZTE filed the most international patent applications in 2011, earning it the top spot in the World Intellectual Property Organization's rankings for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings.

ZTE filed the most international patent applications in 2011, earning it the top spot in the World Intellectual Property Organization's rankings for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings.

 
The Chinese telecommunications and networking equipment firm filed a whopping 2,826 PCT patents last year, guaranteeing it the number one spot. 
 
Over 60 percent of these filings relate to LTE/3G technology, cloud computing, and the so-called “Internet of Things.”
 
Last year's patent filings represent over a quarter of the company's total international patent filings and pending applications, which number over 10,000. Considering the patent battles that many other firms, such as Apple and Samsung, are embroiled in, ZTE is putting itself in a very strong position both to defend itself from lawsuits and go after rivals which it believes unlawfully employ its technology.
 
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“Becoming the world No. 1 in PCT applications is a great accomplishment, but not our ultimate goal,” said Shi Lirong, president of ZTE. “Through innovation, we seek to enable people around the world to enjoy enriching life experiences through new technologies.”
 
ZTE puts 10 percent of its annual revenue into research and development, with spending in this area over the last three years topping 20 billion renminbi. With 15 research centres throughout the world and a research staff of 30,000, it's no surprise that ZTE has been pumping out patent applications.