Statistical Country Profiles

China

Population (Million): 1371.22 (2015) (Rank = 1)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 18374.71 (2015) (Rank = 1)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2011 US$)
2001 31,232 238,301 56,748 5029.60
2002 41,418 331,650 73,825 5486.84
2003 58,757 417,238 87,740 6036.62
2004 69,017 550,982 104,556 6644.85
2005 97,948 630,346 155,236 7399.20
2006 129,290 714,283 193,381 8338.03
2007 161,308 656,639 262,385 9521.61
2008 204,268 643,999 309,397 10437.91
2009 241,434 798,678 350,146 11401.70
2010 308,326 1,054,465 421,418 12613.89
2011 436,170 1,372,715 523,348 13810.26
2012 561,408 1,612,543 662,450 14880.59
2013 734,096 1,849,776 668,040 16023.99
2014 837,817 2,146,666 574,414 17188.69
2015 1,010,448   589,571 18374.71
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 30,038 5 33,412 5 1,194 20
2002 39,806 5 40,426 4 1,612 19
2003 56,769 5 48,548 4 1,988 19
2004 65,786 5 64,598 2 3,231 18
2005 93,485 4 79,842 2 4,463 17
2006 122,318 4 88,183 2 6,972 16
2007 153,060 3 92,101 2 8,248 16
2008 194,579 3 95,259 2 9,689 13
2009 229,096 2 85,508 2 12,338 12
2010 293,066 1 98,111 2 15,260 11
2011 415,829 1 110,583 2 20,341 9
2012 535,313 1 117,464 2 26,095 8
2013 704,936 1 120,200 2 29,160 8
2014 801,135 1 127,042 2 36,682 6
2015 968,252 1 133,612 2 42,196 6
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (2001 - 2015)
Field of Technology Share
Digital communication 6.68
Electrical machinery, apparatus, energy 6.67
Computer technology 6.31
Measurement 5.75
Pharmaceuticals 5.37
Materials, metallurgy 4.29
Basic materials chemistry 4.23
Machine tools 4.09
Food chemistry 4.06
Civil engineering 3.84
Others 48.71
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 5,395 8 10,901 6 327 25
2002 5,868 8 15,389 3 480 21
2003 11,404 7 25,750 3 580 23
2004 18,241 6 31,119 2 726 22
2005 20,705 5 32,600 2 870 22
2006 25,077 5 32,709 2 1,279 20
2007 31,945 4 36,003 2 1,557 19
2008 46,590 4 47,116 2 2,329 18
2009 65,391 3 62,998 2 3,110 15
2010 79,767 3 55,343 2 5,047 13
2011 112,347 2 59,766 2 5,783 12
2012 143,808 2 73,297 2 8,289 12
2013 143,535 2 64,153 2 10,965 9
2014 162,680 2 70,548 2 13,702 8
2015 263,436 1 95,880 2 16,065 8
Patents in Force
Year Patents in Force Rank
2004    
2005 182,396 7
2006    
2007 271,917 6
2008 337,215 7
2009 438,036 5
2010 564,760 4
2011 696,939 3
2012 875,385 3
2013 1,033,908 3
2014 1,196,497 3
2015 1,472,374 3
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 79,275 1 447 4 83 14
2002 92,166 1 973 3 162 13
2003 107,842 1 1,273 3 267 9
2004 111,578 1 1,247 3 176 6
2005 138,085 1 1,481 3 202 8
2006 159,997 1 1,369 3 328 4
2007 179,999 1 1,325 3 302 6
2008 223,945 1 1,641 3 534 2
2009 308,861 1 1,910 2 624 2
2010 407,238 1 2,598 2 752 2
2011 581,303 1 4,164 1 849 3
2012 734,437 1 5,853 1 1,119 3
2013 885,226 1 7,136 1 1,387 3
2014 861,053 1 7,458 1 1,445 3
2015 1,119,714 1 7,863 1 1,583 3
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 229,779 1 29,638 2 8,522 18
2002 321,037 1 43,299 1 10,613 16
2003 405,628 1 41,013 1 11,610 16
2004 527,602 1 55,146 1 23,380 14
2005 593,385 1 64,218 1 36,961 11
2006 669,279 1 70,061 1 45,004 11
2007 604,971 1 74,964 1 51,668 13
2008 590,542 1 76,483 1 53,457 12
2009 741,781 1 65,125 1 56,897 12
2010 973,500 1 83,063 1 80,965 10
2011 1,273,846 1 112,930 1 98,869 10
2012 1,502,562 1 115,869 1 109,981 10
2013 1,733,372 1 114,564 1 116,404 10
2014 1,997,034 1 107,373 1 149,632 8
2015         193,550 7
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 167,564 1 25,379 1 6,319 13
2002 169,910 1 29,364 1 5,566 18
2003 206,077 1 27,399 1 9,744 16
2004 225,401 1 32,658 1 16,170 14
2005 218,738 1 35,512 1 28,868 13
2006 228,816 1 39,010 2 36,882 11
2007 215,179 1 33,669 2 43,811 11
2008 342,514 1 47,738 1 51,391 12
2009 737,250 1 81,724 1 47,502 13
2010 1,211,456 1 122,721 1 71,318 11
2011 926,357 1 82,637 1 84,407 10
2012 919,970 1 76,239 1 85,753 10
2013 909,557 1 77,683 1 109,213 10
2014 1,242,859 1 104,380 1 112,625 10
2015         148,215 8
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 56,460 1 4,187 5 288 21
2002 73,572 1 5,688 3 253 15
2003 86,627 1 7,427 2 1,113 19
2004 101,579 1 9,270 2 2,977 18
2005 151,587 1 11,784 1 3,649 19
2006 188,027 1 13,295 1 5,354 17
2007 253,439 1 13,993 1 8,946 16
2008 298,620 1 14,284 1 10,777 15
2009 339,654 1 11,688 1 10,492 15
2010 409,124 1 12,149 2 12,294 13
2011 507,538 1 13,930 1 15,810 13
2012 642,401 1 15,181 1 20,049 12
2013 644,398 1 15,165 2 23,642 12
2014 548,428 1 16,127 1 25,986 11
2015 551,481 1 17,578 1 38,090 8
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 39,865 1 3,731 4 149 25
2002 49,143 1 4,299 4 141 20
2003 69,893 1 6,273 2 594 19
2004 63,068 1 7,187 1 2,289 18
2005 72,777 1 8,572 1 3,573 19
2006 92,471 1 10,090 1 4,342 18
2007 121,296 1 12,502 1 8,592 15
2008 130,647 1 10,954 2 9,969 15
2009 234,282 1 15,419 1 9,976 15
2010 318,597 1 16,646 1 11,785 13
2011 366,428 1 13,862 1 14,582 13
2012 452,629 1 14,229 1 17,914 12
2013 398,670 1 13,797 1 22,218 12
2014 346,751 1 14,825 1 22,226 12
2015 464,807 1 17,852 1 34,737 9
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
2001 1,730 11 393 11 15 15
2002 1,015 15 456 12 13 16
2003 1,297 14 455 12 3 20
2004 1,707 13 1,067 8    
2005 2,503 10 1,321 8    
2006 3,930 8 1,531 7    
2007 5,455 7 1,480 8 1 25
2008 6,119 6 1,571 8    
2009 7,900 5 1,554 7 2 32
2010 12,301 4 2,110 6    
2011 16,398 4 2,111 6 5 29
2012 18,620 4 2,289 7 2 36
2013 21,515 3 2,165 7 18 20
2014 25,548 3 2,688 7 33 17
2015 29,839 3 1,959 8 21 22
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2015)
Applicant Publication Rank
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. 3,898 1
ZTE CORPORATION 2,155 3
BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD. 1,227 14
TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED 981 20
SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD 710 27
HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD. 442 39
KIMREE HI-TECH INC. 348 51
BEIJING QIHOO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED 188 101
STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA 153 134
MEDIATEK INC. 141 148
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
2001 79 18 19,152 5 208 26
2002 135 17 22,522 5 339 25
2003 132 19 23,222 5 384 24
2004 200 21 32,489 3 1,167 21
2005 313 18 39,820 1 1,750 20
2006 350 17 47,850 1 2,214 18
2007 761 15 49,978 1 3,133 17
2008 574 17 57,067 1 4,043 17
2009 640 15 52,971 2 4,633 16
2010 1,107 12 61,210 2 6,889 11
2011 2,289 9 62,197 2 10,952 10
2012 2,068 9 67,625 2 15,204 9
2013 2,923 7 69,944 2 15,891 9
2014 3,061 6 76,551 2 19,832 8
2015 3,115 6 78,751 2 25,166 5
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 05/2017
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). 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 Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) 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.
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