The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China issued data related to the number of the granted invention patents in the year of 2013. 825,000 invention patent applications were filed in China, which increased by 26.3% compared with that in last year, and has consecutively been ranked No. 1 for the third year. The invention patents were granted in a total of 208,000 cases, wherein 144,000 cases were domestic applications, leveling up with that in 2012. By the end of 2013, the total amount of issued invention patents in China (not including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) was 587,000. The average is 4.02 invention patents per 10,000 population, which achieved the goal set up in the Outline of China's 12th Five-Year Plan two years earlier.
According to the data issued by the SIPO, the Top 10 list of corporations and provinces (cities/autonomous regions) in China having granted invention patents in 2013 slightly changed, which is shown in the following table:
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- Entering the Top 10 for the first time
In 2013, SIPO received 22,924 international patent applications based on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an increase of 15.0% from the previous year. Fifteen provinces (cities/autonomous regions) have more than 100 international patent applications, wherein Guangdong Province was the leader with 11,525 applications, while Beijing, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai, and Zhejiang Provincerespectively followed. These five provinces/cities also contributed three fourths of the total amount of the PCT applications nationwide.
SIPO has stated that the number of invention patent applications filed in China continues to grow swiftly among the three types of patents, which occupies 34.7% of the total amount of patent applications, surpassing 1/3 for the first time in the past five years. The amount of invention patents granted to native companies in China is 79,000, which is0 54.9% of the total amount of domestic applications. The ratio of domestic patent applications as filed and granted patents has been continuously optimized over the years, which leads the improvements in the quality of patent applications.