Statistical Country Profiles

China

Population (Million): 1,378.66 (2016)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 19,854.00 (2016)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2007

161,308

679,230

274,689

9,601.15

2008

204,268

673,522

328,075

10,528.08

2009

241,434

838,071

369,593

11,517.70

2010

308,326

1,113,120

448,121

12,742.74

2011

436,170

1,445,916

563,532

13,957.94

2012

561,408

1,694,024

717,863

15,054.51

2013

734,096

1,940,908

761,027

16,222.39

2014

837,817

2,358,580

673,538

17,406.24

2015

1,010,615

3,059,652

729,551

18,607.31

2016

1,257,439

4,199,467

791,338

19,854.00

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

153,060

92,101

8,248

2008

194,579

95,259

9,689

2009

229,096

85,508

12,338

2010

293,066

98,111

15,260

2011

415,829

110,583

20,341

2012

535,313

117,464

26,095

2013

704,936

120,200

29,160

2014

801,135

127,042

36,682

2015

968,252

133,612

42,363

2016

1,204,981

133,522

52,458

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

31,945

36,003

1,557

2008

46,590

47,116

2,329

2009

65,391

62,998

3,110

2010

79,767

55,343

5,047

2011

112,347

59,766

5,783

2012

143,808

73,297

8,289

2013

143,535

64,153

10,936

2014

162,680

70,548

13,667

2015

263,436

95,880

16,072

2016

302,136

102,072

20,348

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2007

271,917

2008

337,215

2009

438,036

2010

564,760

2011

696,939

2012

875,385

2013

1,033,908

2014

1,196,497

2015

1,472,374

2016

1,772,203

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

179,999

1,325

302

2008

223,945

1,641

534

2009

308,861

1,910

624

2010

407,238

2,598

752

2011

581,303

4,164

849

2012

734,437

5,853

1,119

2013

885,226

7,136

1,387

2014

861,053

7,458

1,445

2015

1,119,714

7,863

1,583

2016

1,468,295

7,682

1,709

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

605,014

99,868

74,216

2008

590,590

102,158

82,932

2009

741,811

85,338

96,260

2010

973,588

106,470

139,532

2011

1,273,901

140,675

172,015

2012

1,502,680

144,831

191,344

2013

1,733,457

144,927

207,451

2014

2,076,563

144,140

282,017

2015

2,658,769

169,314

400,883

2016

3,526,953

170,963

672,514

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

215,210

62,740

66,937

2008

342,558

79,788

78,440

2009

737,308

107,217

82,325

2010

1,211,516

147,720

126,963

2011

926,424

114,546

152,606

2012

920,083

110,509

152,678

2013

909,625

110,649

196,806

2014

1,242,956

139,166

195,911

2015

2,077,113

162,300

301,092

2016

2,119,151

151,659

501,480

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

253,439

13,993

21,250

2008

298,620

14,284

29,455

2009

339,654

11,688

29,939

2010

409,124

12,149

38,997

2011

507,538

13,930

55,994

2012

642,401

15,181

75,462

2013

644,398

15,165

116,629

2014

548,428

16,127

125,110

2015

551,481

17,578

178,070

2016

631,949

18,395

159,389

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

121,296

12,502

19,751

2008

130,647

10,954

26,285

2009

234,282

15,419

24,118

2010

318,597

16,646

37,310

2011

366,428

13,862

53,107

2012

452,629

14,229

70,699

2013

398,670

13,797

109,128

2014

346,751

14,825

108,338

2015

464,807

17,852

168,528

2016

429,710

16,425

148,858

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

6,119

1,571

 

2009

7,900

1,554

2

2010

12,301

2,110

 

2011

16,397

2,111

5

2012

18,616

2,289

2

2013

21,508

2,165

18

2014

25,544

2,688

33

2015

29,838

1,966

21

2016

43,091

3,838

45

2017

48,882

5,230

57

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2007

761

49,978

3,133

2008

574

57,067

4,043

2009

640

52,971

4,633

2010

1,107

61,210

6,889

2011

2,289

62,197

10,952

2012

2,068

67,625

15,204

2013

2,923

69,944

15,891

2014

3,061

76,551

19,832

2015

3,115

78,751

25,272

2016

4,598

76,457

30,438

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

3,898

3,692

4,024

ZTE CORPORATION

2,155

4,123

2,965

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,LTD

1,227

1,673

1,818

LE HOLDINGS (BEIJING) CO., LTD.

 

9

1,397

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD

710

1,163

972

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

16

452

707

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED

981

172

560

YULONG COMPUTER TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.

71

256

517

GUANG DONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD

27

80

474

XIAOMI INC.

126

298

354

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

AUCMA COMPANY LIMITED

2

 

62

QINGDAO LAOSHAN TOURISM GROUP CO., LTD

 

 

55

CHINA TOBACCO JIANGSU INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD.

1

5

39

QINGDAO LICANG DISTRICT MARKETCONSTRUCTION SERVICE CENTER

 

1

37

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

15

59

35

QINGDAO HAOLITE BIOLOGICAL PESTICIDE CO., LTD.

 

 

35

QINGDAO AWYESH BIOPHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.

 

 

28

QINGDAO SHENGDE FOOD CO., LTD.

 

 

27

QINGDAO BRIGHT MOON SEAWEED GROUP CO., LTD.

 

 

26

QINGDAO ZHENGZHUANG INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD

2

 

25

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 3/2018

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.