On July 9, 2020, China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) held the News Briefing for 3rd Quarter of 2020 in Beijing to release the statistical data of patents, trademarks, geographical indications and layout designs of integrated circuit from January to June of 2020. The data indicated China’s intellectual property (IP) development.
The data of the first half year showed in line with our national metrics and expectations, and demonstrated the steady IP development.
Statistical Data of the First Half Year of 2020:
From January to June of 2020, 683, 000 patent for invention applications have been filed, among which 217,000 were granted. The patents from domestic applicants took up 176,000. The domestic patent grants according to service totaled to 169, 000, accounting for 96.0%, and the domestic grants according to non-service totaled to 7,000, accounting for 4.0%.
In the first half year, the top 3 domestic companies (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions) for the number of the patent grants are: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.（2,772）, OPPO – Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd. (1,925) and BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd. (1,432).
By the end of June, 2020, the number of the domestic valid patent applications (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions) has reached 1,996,000 and per 10 thousand people owned 14.3 patents for invention. In the first half year, the top 3 provinces (districts and cities) for the number of patents owned by per thousand people are: Beijing (141.5), Shanghai (56.1) and Jiangsu (31.9).
In the first half year, China received 29, 500 PCT applications, a 22.6 % year-on-year growth, among which the applications from the domestic applicants reached 26, 800, a 20.7% year-on-year growth.
In the first half year, the top 3 provinces (districts and cities）for the number of PCT applications are : Guangdong (10, 900), Beijing (3, 800) and Jiangsu (3, 300).
In the first half year, CNIPA received 26, 200 reexamination requests, and closed 25,700 cases; the number of the Invalidation Requests reached 2,600, and 4, 300 cases were closed.
The period of reviewing patents for invention was 20.3 months; the period of reviewing high-valued patents was 15.2 months; the period of reviewing patents for utility model was 6.4 months; and the period of reviewing designs was 3.2 months.
In the first half year, 4,284, 000 trademark applications have been filed, and 2, 629, 000 trademark have been registered in China. By the end of June, 27, 414, 000 trademarks were registered valid.
CNIPA received 3, 875 Madrid Trademark International Registrations, a 36.0% year-on-year growth. By the end of June, 41, 000 valid Madrid Trademark International Registrations were from the domestic applicants.
In the first half year, CNIPA received 166, 000 applications of multiple trademark examinations, among which 192, 000 cases were closed. The average period of reviewing the registrations was less than 4.5 months.
In the first half year, CNIPA approved 322 companies to use the products of geographical indication and approved 364 registrations of geographical indications.
By the end of June, the approvals of products of geographical indication totaled up to 2, 385; the companies approved to use the special indications totaled up to 8, 811; the trademarks of geographical indication totaled up to 5,682.
In the first half year, the number of the registrations of the layout designs of integrated circuits reached 5,176, a 78.2% year-on-year growth, among which 5,262 registrations have been certificated, a 111.6% year-on-year growth.
In the first half year, the number of administrative adjudications for patent infringement disputes has reached 5,320 in China.
The sums of patent and trademark pledge were 85.3 billion yuan, a 45% year-on-year growth. The number of pledge projects reached 4,678, a 52% year-on-year growth. The sums of patent pledge were 65.1 billion yuan, a 61% year-on-year growth, and the number of patent pledge projects reached 4,171, a 54% year-on-year growth. The sums of trademark pledge were 20.2 billion yuan, an 8.8% year-on-year growth, and the number of trademark projects reached 507, a 34% year-on-year growth.
Four Main Characteristics of the Statistical Data
Steady development of the Patent and Trademark Applications in China
In the first half year, China received 2,195,000 patent applications for invention, utility model and design, and 4,170,000 trademarks. The data indicated an overall steady IP development, and also indicated that the market entities in China actively coped with COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate work resumption.
Domestic Enterprises Consolidating Principal Position in Patent Applications
In the first half year, 229,000 domestic enterprises filed patent applications, increased by 32,000 compared with that of last year, and the number of patents for invention reached 404,000, a 12.0% year-on-year growth. The applications filed by the enterprises took up 66.6%, increased by 3.2% compared with that of last year, which demonstrated that the principal position of the domestic enterprises have been consolidated.
More Geographical Indications Used
In the first half year, CNIPA approved 322 enterprises to use geographical indications, markedly increased by 36% compared with 116 of last year. The data indicated the steady increase of geographical indications, the progressively increase of market entities and the expansion of the scale. The above developments were carried out by protecting the geographical indications with the distinct geographical features, cultural features and quality coefficients.
Steady Development of Market Entities’ Overseas IP Distribution
In the first half year, CNIPA received 26,800 PCT applications filed by the domestic applicants, with a 20.7% year-on-year growth; CNIPA received 3,875 Madrid Trademark International Registrations, a 36.0% year-on-year growth. The steady developments sustained in both patent and trademark fields, which demonstrated that the market entities’ IP consciousness was enhanced and the overseas distributions developed with a steady pace.