Chinese Patenting Overseas Grows Despite of Financial Crisis

Chinese Patenting Overseas Grows Despite of Financial Crisis


Latest numbers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), European Patent Office (EPO) and Japan Patent Office (JPO) reveal, patenting (invention only) from China continues its momentum in the first half of 2009.

From January to June, Chinese filed 2,326 applications to USPTO, up 14.3%; 765 to EPO, up 2.9%; 433 to JPO, up 16.1%. Though the growth rates for all applications in USPTO, EPO and JPO were reduced to 2%, -8% and -9.5% as falling victim to the international financial crisis, Chinese filers remain strong in contributing better-than-average scores.

In the same period, as a destination country, China received 11,080 applications from the U.S., down 8.9%; 12,811 from Europe, down 9.6%; 15,956 from Japan, down 2.3%, though these shrinking numbers still dwarfed the above outbound Chinese applications 5 times, 17 times and 37 times respectively. 

                                                                                            Source: China IP News     

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