Huawei leads the world patent ranking on 5G, followed by LG and Samsung

Huawei outperforms other companies not only in network patents, but also in scientific publications and technical contributions.

The 5G is a reality, but its development is still in play and companies continue to innovate in this technology to revolutionize its use worldwide. According to data from the Iplytics platform ‘Who leads the 5G patent race’ , published in November 2021, Huawei  leads the 5G patent ranking , followed by LG  and Samsung .

Specifically, technology Huawei leads the ranking of active 5G patents with a total share of 15.93%, followed by LG Electronics, with 10.79%, Samsung Electronics, with 10.55%; Qualcomm , with 10.44%; and Nokia , which has a 9.74% share of the total.

Along with the patent data, the report compiles another classification in which, in addition to the different categories of 5G patents , other contributions by companies to the development and innovation of 5G are taken into account , including scientific publications, changes and recommendations in regulations or technical contributions to new standards . This other ranking is led by Huawei , with a contribution of 21.6%, followed by Ericsson , with 17.52%, and Nokia in third place, with 12.89%.

This document analyzes the importance of 5G patents in different industrial sectors, beyond the world of smartphones or smartphones . Through its intellectual property intelligence tool, Iplytics has developed a ranking of the leading companies in 5G patents and innovation and provides some relevant data in this technological race.

€ 20 billion of license revenue

Worldwide revenue from Standard Essential Patent (SEP) licenses for 5G stood at about $ 20 billion – about € 17.8 billion – in 2020. In addition, the document points out that analysts foresee a strong increase in both the number of SEP 5G , and the revenue generated through them, in industries such as automotive, energy or healthcare.

According to Iplytics, 5G will cause half of the world’s data traffic in the next five years to no longer come from human use, but will be generated by vehicles, machines, meters, sensors, medical instruments or various types of connected devices online without any human interaction.

Standards such as 5G allow the handling of large amounts of data to connect industrial machinery and robots, thus allowing remote control, monitoring and repair actions , as well as industrial automation . From smart grids to drone control, energy and utilities, companies will rely on standards to handle connectivity demands.