Recently, the National Intellectual
Property Administration of China (CNIPA) released the 2017 Statistics
and Report of Invention Patents in China’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Field (hereinafter referred to as “the Report”).
According to the statistics, China publicized 46,284 applications of invention patents in AI and granted 17,477 ones in 2017. According to the analysis results, China made steady growth in the invention patents of AI in 2017, with the basic algorithm growing at a breakneck pace. The universities and scientific institutions have leverage in the field of basic algorithm and basic hardware and the enterprises possess absolute predominance in the vertical application.
According to statistics, in 2017, among the 46,284 disclosed applications of invention patents in AI, foreign ones in China totaled 4,577; among the 17,477 grants of invention patents in AI, 16595 were domestic and 882 were overseas. Guangdong topped the domestic ranking of such grants, with 4,777 in 2017 and US topped the overseas ranking with 317 grants.
Statistics also indicated that there is still a gap between China and developed countries in the overall AI development, in particular the innovation investment in basic theory, core algorithm, basic hardware and key equipment, which requires further investment to make improvement in this regard in the new situation.