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IP Data in 2014 Released China Further Beefs up IP Power

Recently, SIPO, SAIC, NCAC, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate of China separately released the IP-related data in 2014. In recent years, China's IP made great contribution to China's independent innovation and society progress. Data listed below shows the advanced IP of China.

In 2014, China received 2.361 million applications of invention, utility model and design. Among them, 928,000 were invention patents, up 12.5%, ranked the first all over the world; 868,000 were utility model patents; and 565,000 were design patents. Applications of invention patents took up 39.3% in all, showing that China's innovation was improving and invention patents took more and more important place in China's development.

In 2014, SIPO received 26,169 international patent applications through Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), with a year-on-year increase of 14.2%. Among them, 24,007 were domestic, accounting for 91.7% and up 14.9%; 2,162 were overseas, up 6.7%. In 2014, Chinese users submitted a total of 25,539 international patent applications through PCT, with an increase of 18.7% over 2013, which enables China the world's only country that obtains double-digit growth. China's Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. submitted 3,442 international patent applications through PCT, made itself the first among the world enterprises.

China is holding the largest quantity of trademark applications of all the countries in the world. According to the data of SAIC, China dealt with 2,285,400 trademark applications in 2014, up 21.47%. China examined 2,426,400 trademark applications in 2014, up 70.32%. The two data were both more than two millions. The number of trademark applications is still ranking the first place for the 13th year. 1,375,104 trademark applications were approval of registration, up 37.96%. 1,546,962 trademark registrations were preliminary approved, up 65.14%. 480,550 trademark applications were rejected, up 83.29%. And 398,871 trademark applications were partly rejected, up 76.69%.

By the end of 2014, the total quantity of China's trademark applications reached 10,027,500, while the total quantity of trademark registrations was 8,390,000. The two data were both the largest of the world.

In 2014, China made a total of 1,211,313 copyright registrations, 201,656 more than 2013, up 19.97%. 496 copyright pledges involved 2.625431 billion Yuan were registered in 2014.

In 2014, China has registered 992,034 works, up 17.39%. 43.23% of them were photo works, and totally 428,819.

In 2014, 218,783 computer software copyrights were registered in China, up 33.12%, making a new record of China.

Besides, China dealt 1,772 new plant varieties in 2014, making the total number to 4,845 and ranked the second place of the world.

Besides, China dealt 24,479 patent administrative enforcement cases in 2014, which was the first time for China dealing over 20,000 patent administrative enforcement cases per year. Among them, 8,220 cases were patent dispute cases, up 62.6%; and 16,259 were counterfeiting patent cases, with a year-on-year growth of 45.5%. In 2014, China's court at all levels concluded 110,000 IP cases of first-instance, up 10%. Chinese procuratorial organs prosecuted 9,427 persons who suspect of infringing trademark right, patent right, copyright and trade secret, up 7.1%. 

(China IP News)