China's int'l patent applications ranks 5th worldwide

13:39, February 11, 2010      

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Data issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) February 8 indicates that in 2009, China filed a total of 7,946 international patent applications, up 29.7 percent compared with 2008 and ranking 5th in the world.

WIPO stated that the organization received a total of 155,900 international patent applications last year, a slight decrease of about 4.5 percent from 2008.

Amid the economic crisis and other factors, the number of the international patent applications filed by the U.S., Germany, and the U.K. had apparently declined. However, China, Japan and South Korea continuously maintained an increase.

In 2009, a total of 45,790 international patent applications were filed by the U.S., still leading the world in number, followed by Japan, Germany, South Korea, China, France, the U.K., Holland, Switzerland and Sweden.

By People's Daily Online
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