A few days ago, foreign media reported that the patent quality index selected by the US patent consulting company LexInnova showed that the overall patent quality of the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences ranks first in the world, surpassing the world-renowned technology companies such as Intel, IBM, Samsung and TSMC.
When talking about a company’s technology research and development strength, domestic media prefer to talk about the number of patents in the world. In fact, this statement is not accurate. This is only one of the indicators, and the more important indicator is the quality of patents.
Media reports pointed out that among the many Chinese enterprises or institutions, the one that attracts the most attention is the Institute of Microelectronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is the first Chinese institution that ranks among the top in the world in terms of patent quality. This evaluation of patent quality is based on a combination of patent statistics (such as patent citation rate and other indicators) and expert scores, which is highly authoritative.
The Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has proved the great value of its patents in both China and the United States. The global semiconductor giant Intel has repeatedly launched lawsuits in China and the United States to seek the invalidation of the FinFET patents of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Microelectronics, but in the end they all failed. It ended in failure, and the value of the patent it held was confirmed through court proceedings.
In terms of 5G core patents, domestic media widely reported that Huawei’s 5G core patents ranked first in the world. In fact, this means that the number of 5G patent applications it has proposed ranks first in the world, and there are issues in terms of patent quality.
A chart of the global 5G core patent rankings that has been widely circulated before shows that Samsung ranks first in terms of 5G patent licensing, followed by Nokia and LG, while Huawei is only fourth.
In addition to the quality of patents, this result is also related to the time lag between patent application and patent review, and whoever has the higher patent quality may have to go through patent litigation to prove it. Obtaining patent licensing fees from the other party can prove whose patent value is higher.
It is in view of this that some media analysts pointed out that although domestic and foreign information agencies admitted that Huawei’s 5G patent applications ranked first in the world, no agency dared to say that Huawei’s 5G patent quality ranked first in the world.
From the patent quality problems of Huawei and the Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it reminds domestic enterprises and institutions that when paying attention to the number of patent applications, they also need to pay attention to the quality of patents. Only these aspects have been improved. Only then can Chinese enterprises and institutions achieve international recognition in terms of technology research and development capabilities and achieve international recognition.
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