By 2014, there are 10,459 practicing patent agents in China. 4,122 practicing patent agents are in Beijing, accounting for approx. 40%, 1,151 agents are in Guangdong and 844 are in Shanghai.

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As shown in the Chart below, the per capita volume of the agents decreased in 2014, but overall, the number of the practicing patent agents was growing slower than that of the patent applications, making the workload of the patent agents increase. The per capita volume of the agents in 2013 was approx. 200% of that in 2006.

Number of Practicing Patent Agents and Per Capita Volume (※)

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(※) The numbers not only include inventions but also utility models and designs.