In 2017, invention patent filings reached 1.382 million, up by 14.2% on a year-on-year basis. 744, 000 invention patent applications were closed, with the examination term stood steadily at 22 months. 420,000 invention patents were granted, with domestic invention patent grants standing at 327,000, up by 8.2% on a year-on-year basis.

Among the granted domestic invention patents, 304,000 were service invention, accounting for 92.8%, 230,000 were non-service patents, accounting for 7.2%.

China’s top 10 companies in terms of patent grants in 2017 (excluding HK, Macao and Taiwan)

State Grid Corporation of China (3622)

HUAWEI Technology Co., Ltd. (3293)

China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (2567)

BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. (1845)

ZTE Corp (1699)

Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (1454)

Gree Electric Appliances, Inc.of Zhuhai (1273 pieces)

Guang Dong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. (1222)

Petro China Co., Ltd. (1008)

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (Shanghai) (862)

In 2017, PCT international patent applications reached 51,000, up by 12.5% on a year-on-year basis. Among them, 48,000 were outbound, up by 12.5% on a year-on-year basis.

In 2017, 5,608 China’s patent applications in “one belt and road” countries were published, marking a year-on-year increase of 16%. Among them, 2,724 patent applications filed in India were published, 1,354 patent applications filed in Russia were published.

In 2017, “One belt and road” countries filed 4,319 patent applications in China, up by 16.8% on a year-on-year basis. The number of filing countries reached 41, up by 4 in comparison with that of 2016.

In 2017, patent filings for utility model and design were 1.688 million and 629,000 respectively.

In 2017, China’s domestic (excluding HK, Macao and Taiwan) invention patent ownership reached 1.356 million, invention patent ownership per 10,000 population reached 9.8.

In 2017, Patent Reexamination Board accepted 34,123 cases of reexamination, up by 160% on a year-on-year basis. 4565 patent invalidation cases were accepted, up by 15% on a year-on-year basis. 4216 invalidation cases were closed. 

In 2017, patent administrative cases reached 67,000, marking a year-on-year increase of 36.3%. Among them, 28,000 patent dispute cases were handled (including 27,000 patent infringement cases), up by 35% on a year-on-year basis. 39,000 patent counterfeiting cases were handled, up by 37.2% on a year-on-year basis.

In 2017, public satisfaction index for IP protection increased from 72.38 in 2016 to 76.69 

In 2017, patent pledge financing stood at 72 billion RMB, up by 65% on a year-on-year basis. Patent pledge projects reached 4177, up by 60% on a year-on-year basis.

In 2017, the amount of export of intellectual property fees was over US $4 billion.

In 2017, 20 Golden Awards projects, 5 China Golden Design Awards projects and 870 China Excellent Awards projects were selected. The newly-gained sales of the Golden Awards projects reached RMB 93.9 billon.

In 2017, the number of patent agencies reached 1,824, with the certificated patent attorneys reaching 16,367.

In 2017, China has signed PPH agreements with 23 countries, and 52 multi and bilateral IP cooperation agreements during the year.