Recently, the SIPO released the domestic invention patents and the relevant ranking of enterprises in 2017. Data showed that China had 1.382 million invention patent applications, up 14.2% year on year. 420,000 invention patents have been granted, among which domestic grants reached 327,000, up 8.2%. The momentum of patent sector can be found both in terms of numbers and quality. The development steps from a major IPR country towards an IPR powerful country become more solid.
“In 2017, enterprises accounted for 63.3% and 66.4% of the national invention patent applications and grants, up by 1.6 and 0.9 percentage points from that in 2016,” said Bi Nan, Director-General of Planning and Development Department, SIPO.
More focus on quality
Bi Nan said, since the 18th CPC National Congress, SIPO proposed the ideology that “quality prevails and volume deploys” and launched the program of patent quality improvement, with focus on the full chain of patent work, including key parts of patent application, agency, review, protection and application. A series of targeted measures will be formulated to improve the patent quality. The benefits of patent application are to be enhanced so as to create good patent protection environment and improve the implementation of high-quality and high-value patents.
Some areas expected to be improved
“Nowadays, foreign invention patents granted by SIPO is higher than domestic invention patents in five regions of optics, medical technology, engines, audio-visual technology and transportation,” Bi Nan said that, in terms of over 10-year invention patent ownership, China still lags behind in 29 technical fields and needs to continue nurturing high-value core patents in this regard.