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OPPO enters the top 5 on patent applications for 2019

With a total of 1,927 patent applications, OPPO landed the fifth spot on the ranking of companies that filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) System. 
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As published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, OPPO is among the top 5 PCT filers. By filing an international patent application, applicants can secure their innovation within several countries.

It has been a decade since OPPO has been filing for patents globally in different areas of technologies. That's why it was able to move up from the top 17 from 2018 to the fifth spot.
Top 10 PCT applicants for 2019
Top 10 PCT applicants for 2019

Moreover, the tech giant allegedly placed importance on exploring state-of-the-art technology. According to its CEO and Founder Tony Chen, the brand will fund its research and development USD 7B in the next 3 years. Aside from that, OPPO plans to strengthen its expertise in 5G, AI, and big data. 

As of March this year, it had more than 43,000 global patent applications while 16,000 of those are already authorized. Around 88 percent or over 38,000 are connected to inventions. Meanwhile, 5G-related applications totaled to more than 3,000 while 1,900 applications are about AI. 

OPPO also filed more than 6, 100 image patents worldwide, with 2,000 are accredited. In terms of fast charging, the company filed more than 2,700 applications and almost half of them have permits already.

OPPO Senior Director of Intellectual Property Dept Ying Feng explained the brand's sudden jump in PCT applications ranking. He said,

The results of the 2019 PCT international applications in which OPPO was ranked No. 5, up from last year’s No. 17, showed that the strategy of shifting our focus of patent applications effort from China to overseas since years ago is quite effective. We will continue sticking to the strategy of accelerating our overseas patent effort, especially in the most important countries. We have now applied for patents in areas of 5G standard, fast charging technology, imaging, AI, IoT, and other important fields. We’ll accelerate our effort to make breakthroughs in other areas, including chip-making, display technology, and antenna.

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