1. Huawei, China (3442 Patent Applications) | 2. Qualcomm, USA (2409) | 3. ZTE, China (2179) | 4. Panasonic, Japan (1682) | 5. Mitubishi Electric, Japan (1593) | Source: Statista.com
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