TCL

Headquarters: Huizhou, China

Industry Sector: Consumer electronics

Headquartered in Huizhou in China’s Guangdong province, TCL is a multinational company which designs, develops, manufactures and sells an array of consumer electronics products.  As it expands internationally, it is filing a growing number of PCT applications and overseas acquisitions. It bought Alcatel’s mobile phone manufacturing unit in 2004 and 2005; in 2014 it acquired the Palm brand from HP for use on smartphones. It is also one of the initial corporate investors, alongside Kingsoft and Xiaomi, in Chinese patent acquisition fund Ruichuan. Recently, it entered into a 3G and 4G Chinese patent license agreement, which allows TCL to manufacture and sell 3G WCDMA and CDMA2000, and 4G LTE subscriber units.