China: a big appetite for semiconductors


China: a big appetite for semiconductors

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Chinese companies are increasingly influential in the consumption and production of semiconductors, but is there adequate protection for their IP rights? WIPR finds out.

With the top two semiconductor chip buyers, Samsung Electronics and Apple, consuming $61.7 billion worth of semiconductors in 2016, this high-tech area is big business.

According to the research firm Gartner, Samsung and Apple’s consumption amounts to 18.2% of the total worldwide market.

In 2016, the top ten consumers consisted of four companies from the US, three companies from China (Huawei, BBK Electronics and Lenovo), two from South Korea and one from Japan.

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