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Q&A: Patent Statistics in China: Chinese versus Overseas Applicants

January, 2016

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) has released statistics on patent applications filed and patents granted in China during the first three quarters of 2015. With an increase in patent applications of 22% over the previous year, we take a look at the statistical data in more detail.

To get started, what percentage of invention patent applications in China, in the first three quarters of 2015, are from overseas applicants?

a) 9% b) 14% c) 28%

Answer:

b) 14%

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Looking at the data more closely here is a breakdown of the SIPO statistics on patent applications filed and patents granted in China during the first three quarters of 2015:

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