Monday, January 02, 2012

Smartphone Patent War 2012: Chinese Alliance vs International Brands

The battlefield of patents are more and more the place where competitors are vying for market share. China has become the world's largest market for smart phones in the third quarter of 2011, according to Strategy Analytics. Some Chinese smartphone makers, including Lenovo, ZTE, TCL, Coolpad and Konka joined forces to protect themselves against the rising number of claims of patent infringement by international smartphone manufacturers, such as Apple, Nokia and Microsoft, and to dominate China's domestic market.
Huawei has around 65,000 patents and also ZTE has a substantial number of patents for wireless communication technologies. According to Erica Yen and Steve Shen of Digitimes many Chinese smart phone makers develop localized interfaces and even operation systems, see here.

Chinese smartphone manufacturers also launch their products via China-based telecom carriers and social networking websites operators, via dual branding. HTC and Sony Ericsson grew rapidly because their Android models were popular in major cities of east and south China, according to Linda Sui of Strategy Analytics. If China Telecom will launch the CDMA iPhone 4S early next year, Ms Sui expects Apple's market share to peak. Globally Nokia is still number one, closely followed by Samsung and Apple.

1 comment:

latif ramadan said...

basically china smartphone product has its own market share, Huawei's products for example have been able to affect world markets and attract attention to the annual event CES 2012, it means that is does not really matter if Apple dispute a patent because the consumer has to understand the meaning of quality products.