One of the companies looking to grab the Pantech company is China’s ZTE, which is already one of the world’s largest phone makers.
It’s unclear what ZTE could get out of the deal. There’s Pantech’s patent pool counting some 291 US patents, 22 of which are related to the device design; as well a 2,500 patents the company filed in Korea, along with 200 European patents.
Moreover, as part of the deal ZTE would get a foothold in the hard to penetrate Korean market, if that counts for something.
On the other hand, Pantech used to have deals with few US mobile operators and perhaps that’s what ZTE could be gunning for. It’s not like they don’t have deals with this group of companies, it’s just that every little bit counts.