* Holds 7 pct of essential LTE patents as of end-Nov 2010
* Targets 10 pct share by 2012
* Role of Chinese players in telecom patents rising fast
HELSINKI, Jan 11 Chinese telecommunications
equipment maker ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) said on Tuesday it holds 7
percent of key patents in fast-emerging wireless technology LTE
and aims to grow its share to 10 percent by next year.
The role of patents in the wireless industry has increased
rapidly over the last few years, with most of the key players
involved in legal battles between each other.
LTE, or long-term evolution, is the path being chosen by
most telecoms carriers to upgrade their 3G networks.
China's Huawei and ZTE together hold 15 percent of patents
declared essential to LTE standard by the companies, data from
The role of Chinese companies in telecom patents has
increased rapidly. By mid-2009 less than 1 percent of essential
patents for LTE were owned by Chinese companies, according to a
study by research firm Fairfield Resources.
The 7 percent of all LTE patents makes ZTE the seventh
largest contributor to the standard after Interdigital (IDCC.O),
Qualcomm (QCOM.O), Nokia NOK1V.HE, Samsung Electronics
(005930.KS), Huawei [HWT.UL] and Ericsson (ERICb.ST).
(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)