From Nokia, Ericsson, to Motorola, Blackberry, and now to Pantech, the former mobile phone market leader, no matter how “the wind”, but failed to change their fate. Recently, Apple acquired 12 patents related to mobile phones from Pantech. Pantech was once the third largest mobile phone manufacturer in South Korea after Samsung and LG.
Looking at the domestic mobile phone market, the former “China Cool Alliance” pattern has been broken. According to the report data released by IDC, the top five mobile phone manufacturers in the global total smartphone sales in 2016 are Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OPPO and vivo.
Huawei, OPPO, and vivo have become the “first echelon” of domestic mobile phone manufacturers. However, regardless of these three, or other domestic mobile phone brands such as Xiaomi, Jinli, and Meizu, they cannot ensure that they can remain invincible forever.
Then, when the domestic mobile phone manufacturers appear “closed” or “departure“, what else can they leave? Is it possible to become one of the targets of mobile phone manufacturers like Apple to compete for acquisition technology?
According to relevant information, Pantech has more than 3,000 patents worldwide. After the smartphone market encountered Waterloo, Pantech began to sell its assets, including its patent assets.
In October 2016, Pantech transferred 230 patents to the long-term partner “Goldpek Innovation Company” in Seoul, South Korea, and Apple also acquired several patents from the company.
The announcement from the US Patent and Trademark Office showed that Apple took over 12 technology patents of Pantech on May 22, 2017, mainly related to mobile communications.
It is worth noting that Pantech also holds many high-value patents such as mobile phone anti-theft, fingerprint recognition, and waterproof technology.
It can be seen that although Pantech basically has to withdraw from the competition in the mobile phone market, due to its own emphasis on technology research and development and patent accumulation, when it leaves the market, the technical contribution it has made can be exchanged for a reasonable commercial return.
Among the global smartphone marketization, three of the top five are from China. If it is the top ten, it is estimated that there will be no fewer than seven manufacturers from China. Simply put, domestic manufacturers have become a new force in the global smartphone market.
But it’s worth noting that whether it’s the coolness in the whirlpool, the LeTV mobile phone in the controversy, or other brands, when they can’t continue to participate in the market competition due to various factors, what assets can they still be realized?
For example, Xiaomi, as a representative of Internet mobile phone manufacturers, was once a leader in shipments. However, since it was involved in patent infringement lawsuits with Ericsson in India, it has been involved in various patent disputes, and mobile phone shipments have been affected.
In the development process of Xiaomi, Xiaomi’s intellectual property strategy has become more pragmatic and close to reality, from less emphasis on R&D to patent distribution and even patent acquisition.
However, it is worth noting that the quality of Xiaomi’s R&D or patent applications has yet to be improved.
The “Review of Invalidation Requests” published by the Patent Reexamination Board of the State Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter referred to as the Patent Reexamination Board) shows that in the past few years, 30 utility model patents have been invalidated by others, of which 15 patents have been All the declarations were invalid, 7 patents were partially invalidated, and only 8 patents were valid.
Obviously, if Xiaomi’s independent R&D technology or patent quality is the same, then if Xiaomi withdraws from the mobile phone market due to various factors, its patent may not be like other Nokia or Pantech. Competing for the acquisition of the object.
The evaluation of the quality of these patents is only limited to the domestic market. Similar problems may exist for the quality or value of patents of domestic mobile phone manufacturers in foreign markets.