In 2012, the European Patent Office totally received 258,000 patent filings, 5.2% more than 2011. Among these, Chinese companies put China among the top five countries with 7.3% quota of patent filings at a growth rate of 11.1% compared to 2011.

Among the top 10 companies, the Chinese telecom equipment producer ZTE Corp has been listed, confirming the high rate of digital communication patent filings which reached the 42% of all the patent applications from China.

(Source: China Daily)