China’s Growing Constellation in the Global IP Sky


A year in China speed might as well be years, perhaps even decades, in other nations. In just one year from 2009 to 2010, China climbed from sixth place to fourth largest patent filer in the world under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”). China filings increased a whooping 56.2% from 2009, making it first in growth rate. In 2010, new patent applications filed by Chinese domestic companies in SIPO exceeded the one million mark. China’s growing constellation in the global IP sky is shining bright.

The dizzying growth in patent filings in China shows little signs of slowing down. According to SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu, “By the end of the 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015), invention applications received by SIPO every year are expected to double over the current number. More companies will have their own patents and [intellectual property rights].”

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