China dominates top Western economies in patent applications

December 6, 2017

The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe.

The World Intellectual Property Organization says innovators worldwide filed 3.1 million in 2016, up 8.3 percent from a year earlier, marking the seventh straight yearly increase.

China alone accounted for 98 percent of that increase, with its patent office receiving 236,600 more applications than in 2015.

Releasing WIPO's annual report Wednesday, Director-General Francis Gurry cited the "extraordinary growth numbers" that epitomize the trend of recent years.

WIPO said trademark applications shot up by 16 percent to about 7 million, and worldwide industrial design applications increased by 10.4 to almost 1 million, again led by growth in China.

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michbaskett
not rated yet Dec 06, 2017
Why do they even bother? Their people steal intellectual property with impunity and they turn around and essentially demand patent protection? The hypocrisy is astounding. How dare they. The best thing for other governments of the world to do would be to pointedly ignore their patents and rub their faces in it. I am not by nature confrontational, but their blatant hypocrisy infurates me. They need to be shown in no uncertain terms their behavior will no longer be tolerated. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If they don't like it, screw 'em. They've been screwing the rest of the planet for long enough. It's time for them to bend over.

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