IP Newsletter Issue 20 (2015-08-28)
233,000 invention patents were granted in China in 2014

    The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) dealt 928,000 applications of invention patents, with a year-on-year increase of 12.5%, ranking the first place of the world for the 4th consecutive years. 233,000 invention patents were granted in China in 2014. Among them,163,000 patents were domestic, up nearly 20,000 than 2013. By the end of 2014,the number of effective invention patents of China (excluding Hong Kong ,Macao and Taiwan) are 663,000, reaching 4.9 invention patents per10,000 head of population.
    According to the data of SIPO in2014, the top Ten provinces/municipalities obtaining invention patents were Beijing (23,237), Guangdong (22,276), Jiangsu (19,671), Zhejiang (13,372), Shanghai (11,614),Shandong (10,538),Sichuan (5,682),Anhui (5,184), Shaanxi (4,885) and Hubei (4,855). The top Ten enterprises obtaining invention patents were
Huawei (2,409), ZTE (2,218), Sinopec (1,193), CESBG (524), Ocean’s King Lighting (516), BOE (484), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) (476), State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) (408), China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) (362) and H3C Technologies Co., Limited (H3C) (336).
    In 2014, SIPO received 26,169 international patent applications through Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with a year-on-year increase of 14.2%. Among them, 24,007 were domestic, accounting for 91.7% and up 14.9%; 2,162 were overseas, up 6.7% in 2014, there were 18 provinces/municipalities respectively submitting over 100 applications through PCT. Among them, Guangdong remains the first for its 13,332 PCT applications; While Beijing, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang are separately the second to the 5th. The total number of the PCT applications submitted by such five provinces and cities as above accounts for 85% of the whole country in China.