Over the past few years, China’s intellectual property environment has been significantly improved by a remarkable improvement in public awareness of intellectual property rights. By the end of 2013 China's invention patent ratio per 10,000 people had risen to 4.02, well ahead of the target of 3.3 that was envisioned by the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.
Reporters attending the Director’s Conference of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) that commenced on the 15th were informed that in 2013 SIPO received 825,000 invention patent applications, 26.3% more than last year. Invention patents accounted for 34.7% of total applications received for all three types of patents; this marks the first time that invention patent applications accounted for more than 1/3 of total of received patent applications. PCT applications amounted to 22,924, an annual increase of 15%.
Shen Changyu, the Director of SIPO, noted that in 2013 certain nationwide policies were implemented that effectively guide patent innovation by placing more emphasis on patent quality and by optimizing the structure of patent applications. At the same time the quality of patent examinations was improved to achieve the desired objectives. The annual number of adjudicated invention patent applications reached 355,000, among which 208,000 of which were approved.
Reportedly, China’s the standard of intellectual property protection is constantly improving through the continuous optimization of the IP development environment. In 2013 a total of 16,227 cases were handled in China, an increase of 79.8% over 2012. The number of patent disputes doubled to 5,056, case processing time continued to decline, and enforcement capacity and standards were further improved.
Shen Changyu stated that SIPO will continue to steadily improve patent quality and examination capacity, accelerate the capitalization and industrialization of innovation efforts, enhance the ability of market participants to utilize intellectual property rights, intensify intellectual property protection, strengthen market supervision activities, improve the service system for intellectual property rights and upgrade management standards.