Gree Electric Appliances

Industry sector: Household appliances

Headquarters: Zhuhai

On the back of China’s burgeoning domestic consumer market, leading home appliance developer and manufacturer Gree Electric Appliances has become the world’s largest residential air conditioner manufacturer, with thousands of different products on offer. As it expands internationally, it is making increasing use of the PCT and filing a growing number of applications abroad. The company takes a proactive approach towards intellectual property – its November 2011 patent spat with rival Midea in the Guangdong Provincial Supreme People’s Court is a notable example of its robust defence of its patent rights.