Huawei China gear up on patents for 4G mobile (LTE)

17Jan11

The Long Term Evolution (LTE), or specification of the platform 4G mobile networks will operate on is gaining pace. Huawei in China have spent the last few years developing patents for the new technology and have outlined their ambition for the sector globally.

By 2015, Huawei plan to control 15–20% of the worldwide patents in these technologies. This could earn the Chinese telco systems giant at least 1.5% of the sales price of every mobile device—every cell phone, laptop, and tablet—that uses them.

In 2007, Huawei held just 152 patents; by the end of 2009, it had applied for 42,543 patents, of which 11,339 had been granted in China, 215 in the United States, and 1,282 in Europe.

Huawei’s rival, ZTE, claims to hold 7% of the world’s LTE patents and plans to increase this to 10% by 2012.

Read more at Tech Crunch: HERE

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