Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Patent applications in China

The number of patent applications filed to the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) had topped three million by late June, setting a new milestone in China's drive toward comprehensive intellectual property (IP) protection.

SIPO Director Tian Lipu said it took nearly 15 years for China to reach its first one million patent applications, following the introduction of the Patent Law in the mid-1980s. It then took about four years to reach the next one million, but it only took two more years to reach the three million mark.

[IPBiz: for comparison, the USPTO reported about 409,000 US patent applications for FY 2005. The number is a bit "up in the air," as an earlier report had stated about 406,000 patent applications. For example, look here.]


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