A total of 565,000 applications for invention patents were handled in China in the first half of 2017, statistics from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) showed.

The number was a 6.1 percent rise on a yearly basis, as 209,000 invention patents were issued, according to the statistics.

Also, more than 20,000 applications for Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) were submitted by Chinese applicants via the SIPO over the first six months of the year, an increase of 15.3 percent on a yearly basis.

Of the 8,837 cases involving patent disputes, while 8,666 related to patent infringement.