China Receives More Patent Applications Than the US

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), about 2.14 million patent applications were filed in 2011 worldwide. 526,000 were filed in China - more than twice the patent applications filed in 1995 - followed by the U.S. with 504,000, Japan with 343,000, and South Korea at 179,000. The European Patent Office received 143,000 patent applications.

The organizations that filed the patent applications were predominantly located in Japan (472,000), China (436,000) and the U.S. (432,000).

According to WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012 report, almost one million new patents were approved in 2011. Japan's patent office leads the charge with 238,000 patents, ahead of the USPTO with 225,000 and the Chinese patent office (172,000).

WIPO said that there were a total of 7.88 million patents active in 2011

 

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  • aonorNot suprised, as I believe that Steve Jobs once said that if he ordered a new supply at night, Americans would do it in the morning, but in China, they'd start that very second.

    Well duh! Its day in china when theres night in america.
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  • Not suprised, as I believe that Steve Jobs once said that if he ordered a new supply at night, Americans would do it in the morning, but in China, they'd start that very second.
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  • aonorNot suprised, as I believe that Steve Jobs once said that if he ordered a new supply at night, Americans would do it in the morning, but in China, they'd start that very second.

    Well duh! Its day in china when theres night in america.
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  • President Obama should had read this before he signed one more protection law that extended the term of design patents and other 'benefits' for patent holders. USA is pushing to export draconian IP laws across the world, but as you can see this policy is about to backfire. Just think about it. What will happen when Chinese companies hold more patents then USA companies. Protectionism never works and only leads to war.
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