ZTE applied for 1,184 patents relating to 4G technology and smart terminals in 2012, making in the first Chinese company to reach the top ten
ZTE has announced it is the first Chinese manufacturer to be ranked in the top 10 for patent applications.
The manufacturer filed applications for 1,184 patents in 2012, taking it from 43rd in the rankings to 10th.
ZTE says it expects a large number of the patents, relating to LTE (4G) technology and smart terminals, will be granted in Europe in 2014.
The company also has patent agreements with Qualcomm, Siemens and Ericsson.
ZTE said it will use its patent portfolio to seen new cross-licensing agreements with other companies.
ZTE’s director of legal affairs Wang Haibo said: “Our rapidly growing patent portfolio will help strengthen the company’s position in the European market, and reduce risks of anti-competitive litigations.
“The global technology industry has seen an escalation in disputes over patents – ZTE believes that behaviour such as “patent harvesting” is detrimental to the healthy development of the industry, and against the interests of consumers,” Haibo said.