According to report by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Huawei, one of Chinese telecom company has topped the list as the applicant for international patents in 2014. Huawei was followed by Qualcomm Inc (San Diego-based chipmaker) as the second leading applicant and ZTE Corp as the third leading applicant. ZTE Corp topped the list in 2012.

The report was often seen as the barometer to measure a country’s technological progress.  In the past recent year, China was the only country to see double-digit growth although U.S. companies led by far. Japan which was known as the country of high-tech and automotive powerhouse saw its total filing slide during the last few years.

During the past few years, Chinese government has helped the country to shift from being low-priced cheap goods manufacturer to the level where its technology companies have filled the largest number of patent filling. On top of that the Chinese government has also made some improvement on the IP enforcement within its legal system.

In the future, Huawei’s Chief Executive Ken Hu has made statement that the company will spend $600 million on 5G wireless research and development from 2013 to 2018.