In the first half of 2018, Chinese invention patent applications numbered 751,000, up by 33.6% year on year.
In the first half of 2018, the State Intellectual Property Office accepted 23,000 patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), up by 6.3% year on year, among which 21,600 applications were from domestic applicants, up 7.6%. 17 domestic enterprises filed more than 100 PCT applications, equally with the same period of last year. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Ping An Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., and BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. filed more than 1,000 applications each.
In the first half of this year, the total number of patent administrative cases increases 29.5% year on year, of which patent disputes cases increases 41.0%, cases of passing off patent increases 14.1%; 13,600 trademark illegal cases are solved with more than 210 million RMB involved in the cases
[Top 10 domestic enterprises in terms of invention patents granted in the first half of 2018]
(excluding enterprises from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan)
In the first half of 2018, the number of Chinese trademark registration applications was 3.586 million, up by 58% year on year, and the number is expected to reach 8 million at the end of the year.
The new Trademark Law provides that the examination circle for trademark registration shall be 9 months. The circle was shortened to 8 months at the end of last year, and to 7 months and 2 days in the first half of this year. The period will be further shortened to 6 months at the end of this year, to 5 months in the next year, and to 4 months by 2020.
In the first five months, there were 2,228 applications of international trademark registration under the Madrid System, representing a year-on-year increase of 80.69%, which ranks third in the Madrid Union.