According to the latest statistics released by SIPO, China received a total of 256,000 invention applications from home and granted 73,000 invention applications, up 27.6% and 4.3% respectively. The steady fast growth in invention filings reflects that the structure of patent application is now being further optimized.

In the first half of 2013, the top five provinces in invention patents filings are Jiangsu (49,756), Guangdong (29,833), Beijing (27,655), Zhejiang (18,949) and Shandong (18,533); The top five provinces for invention patent granted are Beijing, Guangdong and Jiangsu, Shanghai and Zhejiang with 10,726, 10,148, 8,499 , 5,614 and 5,437 respectively. Compared with the list last year, Guangdong, usually ranking the first on the patent grants list, was replaced by Beijing, and the tenth place was replaced by Anhui, Tianjin entered the top 10 provinces in patent applications.

The provinces in China hold on to last year's higher rankings. The first-tier of the province are from east-coastal developed area like Jiangsu, Guangdong and Beijing which reflects the patent the regions owned are directly proportional to regional economic development; in the second tier, Sichuan, Hubei and Shannxi the provinces in the Midwest of China maintains a rapid development in patent application and grants. For instance, Shannxi province makes efficient use of science and technology research resource to help quantity and quality of the patent be increased.

Most of the cities in China also remained in positions in the ranking of patent filings and grants. Beijing paces all cities in patent application and grants followed by Shanghai which shows that the more innovation companies the region owned, the higher ranking the cities held.

All rankings of the provinces and municipalities of patent application and grants in China nearly remained the same in recent years. The 12th Five-Year Plan clearly defines the main objectives for China's patent development in the next five years that the main target is to increase every 10,000 people to 3.3 invention patents. After the government stresses implementation of the innovation driven development strategy in the 18th CPC National Congress, many provinces and municipalities now are attaching more importance to patent quality. The steady fast growth in invention filings from home reflects that China are now eyeing on enhancing patent quality, according to analysts.

Source: China IP News