Who leads the global race for 5G? One way of answering this question is by analyzing the number of patents held or applied for by different companies. With more than 3,300 patent applications filed and more than 1,300 of these granted, Chinese manufacturer Huawei took first place in the Q3 2019 ranking complied by IPlytics.
As the patenting process can take several years, the statistic also reflects which companies have filed patents recently. Finnish company Nokia has the largest share of its patents already granted – this also means they haven’t filed many recently.
Manufacturers from South Korea, a country where 5G was implemented faster than almost anywhere else, also make the list and also have had a majority of their patents already granted. Chinese provider ZTE and U.S. company Intel are new to the game, with only a fraction of patents already granted.