The Internet Technology Innovation Patent Observation Report (in Chinese) shows that Tencent has maintained the biggest number of patent applications in information search, database structure and other areas of research and development. In fact, when it comes to digital information transmission, Tencent’s patents reached 6,285, far more than Baidu’s 903, and Alibaba’s 2,052.

From 2012 onwards, Tencent applied for more than 2000 patents per year, including overseas jurisdictions. Tencent focused on strengthening the US market development and put in 200 patent applications in the EU, Japan, South Korea.

Xiaomi is actively expanding its product map, including television, set-top boxes, routers, mobile charger, air purifiers, self-balancing scooters and smart home products. The report shows that Xiaomi’s patent applications have been on the rise since 2014, and even more than half of the 10 IPC (Interprocess Communication) categories showed the highest number of patent applications.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com