Recently, SIPO published data of patents in the first three
quarters of 2015. During the period, China received 1.876 million
applications of the three kinds of patents, up 22.0%. Among them,
709,000 were invention patents, up 21.7%; 779,000 were utility
model patents, up 33.6%; 388,000 were design patents, up 4.4%,
which were 37.8%, 41.5% and 20.7% of the total respectively.
Among the invention patent applications, 610,000 were filed by
domestic applicants, up 24.9%; 99,000 were from overseas, up 5.1%.
Among the domestic invention patent applications, 492,000 were
service applications, accounted for 80.7%; 118,000 were non-service
applications, accounted for 19.3%
In the first three quarters of 2015, SIPO granted 1.176 million
patents in total, up 25.8%. Among them, 248,000 were invention
patents, up 46.0%; 599,000 were utility model patents, up 18.9%;
329,000 were design patents, up 26.1%.
Among the invention patents granted, 181,000 were domestic, up
52.5%; 67,000 were from overseas, up 31.1%. Among the domestic
invention patents, 164,000 were service invention patents,
accounted for 90.6%; 17,000 were non-service invention patents,
accounted for 9.4%.
According to SIPO, there are three characteristics in the data.
Firstly, the quantity of patent applications was growing rapidly,
especially the growth rate of invention patents were up 9.5 percent
than last year. Secondly, despite invention patent's high
growth rate of nearly 50%, the rates of both utility patents and
design patents were still higher than invention patents. Thirdly,
the proportion of domestic service invention patents applications
in domestic patent remained stable at a high level of over 80%, and
the proportion of service invention patents granted in domestic
patents was over 90%. (Source: China Intellectual Property
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