Asia is leading in the number of patent applications filed this year to the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO] all thanks to Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. More than half of the patent applications on the WIPO’s desk in 2018 was from Asia according to a Reuters report.
Huawei filed 5405 application this year beating its last year record of 4024 applications. “It’s an all-time record by anyone,” WIPO director general Francis Gurry.
Filings from Asia accounted for 50.5% of the total applications received. “Historically, this is really quite extraordinary. Historically, this is a momentous occasion, this is something that is really a very, very significant result,” said Gurry.
Mitsubishi Electric and Intel trail Huawei with 2,812 and 2,499 filings.
WIPO publishes patent applications after several months of submission to inform the public of potential innovation. The application is published along with a judgment from the International Search Authority (ISA). This response indicates what is innovative and what is not in the patent application. Approval of patent happens if it is truly “innovative”
Troubles began for Huawei when U.S Intelligence authorities alleged that Huawei has connections with the Chinese government. They also claim that the company’s equipment could be used as snooping devices. Several countries including New Zealand, Australia and the UK have taken various preventive measures such as banning govt companies from buying equipment from the Chinese tech firm.
The U.S has banned federal agencies from using Huawei equipment citing spying fears. Huawei has launched a lawsuit against the U.S government claiming that banning the U.S. government agencies from buying equipment from the company is unconstitutional. Wang Yi said the tech firm has the right to refuse to be victimized like silent lambs” and said the government will back the company in the lawsuit.
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