According to the statistics of the CNIPA, in 2018, granted invention patents in China totaled 432,000, 346,000 of which were from domestic applicants. Huawei (3,369), Sinopec (2,849) and OPPO (2,345) ranked as the top three patentees. In 2018, CNIPA received 55,000 PCT applications, up 9.0%; 52,000 of which were from local applicants, up 9.3%. The pendency for high-value patent examination was shrunk by 10% with a 52% reduction in complaints against patent examination.

In 2018, the number of registered trademarks in China was 5.007 million and China housed 18.049 million valid registered trademarks. Also in 2018, there were 6,594 Madrid international trademark applications. As of the end of 2018, the valid Madrid international trademark applications from China were 31,000, up 23.5%. In 2018, the concluded trademark applications were 8.043 million and the average examination pendency for trademark registration was curtailed below 6 months. The time spent for hearing trademark rejection review cases was reduced within 7 months.

In 2018, there were 67 geographical indication (GI) products under protection, 961 registered GI trademarks and 223 businesses certified to use GIs. In 2018, CNIPA also received 4,431 registered applications of layout designs of integrated circuits, up 37.3%; 3,815 of which were certified, up 42.9%.

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