February 03, 2010

It was recently announced that China received more than 976,000 patent applications last year, representing a nearly 18% increase in the number of applications received by the State Intellectual Property Office of the Peoples Republic of China (SIPO) in 2008. As referenced in the China Daily news article (link HERE), that total represents a combination of patent rights of invention, utility model, and design patent applications, and represents a net increase of the 22% increase in Chinese domestic applications (approximately 90% of all applications filed) and nearly a 11% decrease in foreign applications (the other 10% of applications filed). For those interested in statistics relating to Chinese applications and patents, the SIPO offers a detailed Statistics webpage (link HERE) containing monthly statistics for the last four years.

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