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Patent king Huawei lags Intel and Qualcomm in quality, study finds

Chinese group on buying and hiring spree to close any innovation gap

Huawei is striving to reduce its dependence on foreign technologies, with measures including developing its own chipset for fifth-generation wireless telecommunications.

TOKYO/GUANGZHOU -- Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies, a symbol of high-tech competition between the U.S. and China, had more patent applications than any other global company in 2018. But a closer look at its filings suggests the company still trails American rivals in terms of patent quality.

Only 21% of patents filed by Huawei, which is under strong pressure from the U.S. government, could be classed as highly innovative, according to researchers.

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