On January 10, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) held a regular press conference for the first quarter of 2019 in Beijing. It is CNIPA’s first press conference in 2019,
The statistics published by CNIPA focus on the annual statistics of patents, trademarks, geographical indications, and layout design of integrated circuits. They showed that the overall strength of China's intellectual property rights reached a new level in 2018.
In terms of patents, in 2018, the number of patent applications for invention in China was 1.542 million. A total of 55,000 PCT international patent applications were received, marking a 9.0% increase year-on-year. 52,000 PCT applications were filed by domestic applicants, a 9.3% increase year-on-year. Foreign applicants filed 14.8 millions of applications for invention, marking an increase of 9.1% year on year.
【Statistics of invention applications in China 2015-2018】
【Top 10 China domestic companies in invention patents granted in 2018】
(Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan excluded)
In terms of trademarks, in 2018, the number of trademark registration applications in China was 7.371 million. The number of applications for international registration of Madrid trademarks was 6,594. Foreign applicants filed 24.4 millions of trademark applications in China.
【Statistics of trademark applications in China 2015-2018】
In terms of geographical indications, in 2018, 67 geographical indication products were approved, 961 geographical indication trademarks were registered, and 223 enterprises were authorized to use geographical indication products.
In terms of layout design of integrated circuits, in 2018, CNIPA received 4,431 applications, a 37.3% increase year-on-year, and 3,815 layout designs of integrated circuits were certificated, a 42.9% increase year-on-year.
In terms of intellectual property protection and exploitation, in 2018, the total number of patent administrative enforcement cases in China was 77,000, a 15.9% increase year-on-year, including 35,000 patent dispute cases, a 22.8% increase year-on-year; 43,000 cases of patent counterfeiting were investigated and handled, a 10.9% increase year-on-year. 31,000 trademark violation cases were investigated and handled. The first case of infringement dispute for the layout design of integrated circuits was investigated.