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China Tops Global Patent Applications in 2015
2017-3-03 14:54:45

Chinese innovators filed the most patent applications in 2015, an increase of 18.7% over 2014. This totaled almost as many applications as the USPTO, JPO and KIPO combined.

Around 1.24 million patents were granted worldwide in 2015, up 5.2% on 2014. This was due mainly to an increase of grants in China, which issued 359,316 patents in 2015 to surpass the U.S. (298,407) as the largest patent issuing office. [Chinese version is available on sipo.gov.cn]