According to the latest statistics the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released recently, SIPO received a total of 825,000 invention patent applications in 2013, up 26.3%, with 208,000 inventions granted, down 4.1%. Principal from SIPO's Planning and Development Department said there were three characteristics in this year, that's, the invention patent applications for the first time accounted for over one-third of the total, the inventions granted decreased a little and enterprises had been the main force of inventions.
According to the statistics, SIPO received a total number of 2,377,000 patent applications, up 15.9%, with 1,313,000 granted, up 4.6%. In this year, the invention patent filings were still on the fast track, accounting for 34.7% of the total, more than one-third for the first time. Of the 825,000 invention patent applications, 705,000 were from home, up 31.8%. Among the 705,000 domestic invention applications, 81.0% were service ones, up 33.4%. The Principal from SIPO's Planning and Development Department said these reflected China's patent application structure had been optimized and new breakthroughs had been made in patent quality.
Moreover, the inventions granted in this year decreased by 4.1%, marking China's progress in invention patent quality. Of the 208,000 invention patents, 144,000 were domestic, which is equal to that of last year. In this year, foreign inventions granted decreased by 12.3%. What's notable was that 427,000 invention applications were from domestic enterprises, representing 60.6% of the domestic invention applications, 79,000 of which were granted, accounting for 54.9% of the domestic invention grants. All these reflected that enterprises had been the main force of inventions.
（Source:China IP News）