China handles surging patent applications

China receives the most applications a year for practical novelty patents, industrial design patents and trade marks in the world.

This has been disclosed by Xing Shengcai, Vice Director of State Intellectural Property Office.

More than 2.3 million applications for the three patents have been handled by Jan.31, 2005 since 1985 when the country launched this service. 90 percent of them are submitted by domestic applicants.

It took China 15 years to have 1million patent applications but only 4 years to have another 1 million.

By Jan.31 this year, some 1.27 million certificates had been granted for the three patents.

By People's Daily Online

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