Mobile tech driving patents, says Qualcomm

Mobile technology has become ubiquitous, touching millions of lives in India as well as abroad and the technology is driving patent generation as well,  Qualcomm India & South Asia President, Avneesh Agrawal said.

Agrawal, who was speaking at the GE Annual Symposium, said that more than 21 per cent of the patents granted in the first quarter of 2012 by US Patent Office was from the mobile technology space.

“Coupled with that is the data that by 2017 there would be close to 3 billion 3G devices and almost 1 billion 4G devices, showing the power of mobile telephony globally,” Agrawal added.

Patents in mobile space grew from around 2 per cent in 1991 to 5 per cent in 2001. In Europe, roughly 9 per cent of the patents granted are now related to mobile. “A significant reason for the gap between the US and Europe in mobile patents was due to the fact that by the mid-2000s, the mobile innovation gravity moved to the US with software driving the industry. Big (and small) players took notice and started investing more in the US ,” a report by Chetan Sharma Consulting said.

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