China Likely to Become World's Biggest Filer of Patents in 2011

China Likely to Become World's Biggest Filer of Patents in 2011


China's patent filings have increased rapidly in recent years and the country is expected to become the world's largest filer of patents in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by Thomson Reuters in Beijing.

Patent filings are soaring in most sectors of China -- there were 230,000 patents applications in the country last year, compared with less than 90,000 in 2006, the report said.

The rising number of patent filings showed improvements in protection of intellectual property (IP) rights in China, according to the report.

However, it noted that China is not as active in filing international patent applications. Only 5.6 percent of China's inventions had been filed for international patents, compared with 48.8 percent in the United States and 38.7 percent in Japan.

Despite China's lead in patent application filing volume, the country's filers still focus on the domestic market, said David Brown, president of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.

He suggested the country file more international patent applications to gain more competitive edges as patents filed only in China lack global reach.

(Source: Xinhua)

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It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.