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The State Intellectual Property Office held a news conference this morning introducing patent grants in 2012 in China. The Vice Director of the State Intellectual Property Office, Mr. GAN Shaoning, indicated that China granted 217,105 patents in 2012, with a year on year growth of 26.1%. Among them, the domestic patent grants increased 28% and it accounted for 66.33% of the total number of patent grants.
 
Among the domestic patent grants, the service inventions totaled 125,954 which accounted for 87.6%; the non-service inventions totaled 17,893 which accounted for 12.4%. According to the introduction of Mr. GAN Shaoning, the effective domestic patents for inventions (excluding those of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), which represent higher quality of patent, technology and market &#118alue, reached 435,151 by the end of 2012 and the domestic patents (excluding those of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) owned by per 10,000 persons increased to 3.2.

Compared with the data of the past a few years, the growth rate of patent grants slowed down to some extent in 2012. 144,000 domestic patents were granted in 2012 and its share increased by 1% compared with that of 2011 and the number doubled compared with that of 2001. The Chief of the Development and Planning Department of the State Intellectual Property Office, Mr. GONG Yalin, introduced that the growth was slowed down from the patent data in 2012 in China, but the quality has been improving continuously, from a focus on quantity to both quantity and quality.

Mr. GONG Yalin indicated that the main reason of this was the main actors of innovation in China focus more on quality from quantity of patent grants. “From the data of 2012, the enterprises, as the main actors of innovation in China, their position was strengthened further. And they focus more on patents of which the research and development are closely related to production, which is an indicator of improvement in quality.” said by Mr. GONG Yalin.

According to the list provided by the State Intellectual Property Office illustrates that the number of granted patents of the top 10 domestic enterprises are: 2,734 of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., 2,727 of ZTE CORPORATION, 1,099 of Hongqfujin Precision Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., 1,044 of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, 530 of Smic IC manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., 510 of BYD Company Limited, 347 of Huawei Terminals Co., Ltd., 318 of H3C Technologies Co., Limited, 303 of China Mobile Communications Corporation and 293 of Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.

Date: February 21, 2013              Source: People’s Net- IP Channel

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