Coolpad Group has announced the appointment of Nancy Zhang as its first Global Chief Intellectual Property Officer (IPO).
Zhang role entails taking up a global position to drive Coolpad’s innovation in mobile technologies and counteract patent infringements.
Zhang has ten years of corporate management experience in intellectual property management, and is also The Vice President of China Patent Protection Association, Vice President of Shenzhen Patent Association and Vice President of Shenzhen Copyright Association.
Under Zhang’s direction in 2015, Coolpad became the only enterprise in Shenzhen, China to be awarded a National Intellectual Property Certification, The State Patent Award. This is the highest government Patent Award and the only government award recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Nancy Zhang, Global Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Coolpad said, “Coolpad has always heavily invested in new technologies, and I’m particularly excited about the developments that we have and will make in 5G and artificial intelligence. As we continue to invest in R&D and new innovation, my role will be to ensure that we not only secure the necessary recognition of our technologies but also vigorously defend any infringement to our patents not only in our domestic markets, but also in the US and all other countries that we operate in.”
5G technologies have been a priority for innovation and Coolpad has more than 800 patents submitted and more than 300 authorized.
The company has been heavily involved in setting 5G standards with other industry leaders and Zhang will lead Coolpad’s 5G Standard Patent Portfolio and work with Coolpad partners like Qualcomm and Ericsson to manage licensing of their patents for Coolpad Technologies.