China overtakes US in number of patent filings

Dec 11, 2012

The U.N. says the Chinese filed the most patent applications in the world last year, overtaking the U.S. for the first time.

The U.N.'s says China's patent office received 526,412 applications in 2011, ahead of the United States with 503,582 filings.

The agency's Director General Francis Gurry told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that the 2.14 million patent applications were filed worldwide last year, up 7.8 percent from 2010. He says that indicates a healthy emphasis on innovation despite weak economic conditions.

The had 142,793 applications in 2011, down 5.4 percent from 2010, but still up from 2009, when it received 134,580 applications.

China overtook Japan in 2010. Japan received 342,610 in 2011.

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Jeddy_Mctedder
1 / 5 (3) Dec 11, 2012
What a waste of human effort. Filing patents.
frajo
not rated yet Dec 11, 2012
Yes. Like counting money.
VendicarD
1 / 5 (2) Dec 11, 2012
China may have overtaken the U.S. but it is still an order of magnitude behind Apple, which applied today to patent the triangle, and sliced bread.

ValeriaT
1 / 5 (2) Dec 11, 2012
Somewhat ironically so far the China has lead the plagiarizing and violation of intellectual property. In Czech we have a proverb "turkenizee worse than turk" The literal meaning is that somebody, who was made a Turkish person, is worse than a Turkish person itself ("The converted are more fervent than the convertors")