Statistical Country Profiles



China

Population (Million): 1,397.72 (2019)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 22,526.56 (2019)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2010

308,326

1,113,120

448,121

11,885.32

2011

436,168

1,445,916

563,858

13,020.48

2012

561,405

1,694,024

718,121

14,043.84

2013

734,093

1,940,908

765,214

15,134.85

2014

837,813

2,422,084

677,308

16,258.54

2015

1,010,524

3,100,289

730,503

17,403.45

2016

1,257,425

4,192,897

794,079

18,595.36

2017

1,306,080

6,388,799

862,634

19,887.03

2018

1,460,246

8,118,461

957,299

21,229.73

2019

1,327,847

8,602,788

1,118,563

22,526.56

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

293,066

98,111

15,260

2011

415,829

110,583

20,339

2012

535,313

117,464

26,092

2013

704,936

120,200

29,157

2014

801,135

127,042

36,678

2015

968,252

133,612

42,272

2016

1,204,981

133,522

52,444

2017

1,245,709

135,885

60,371

2018

1,393,815

148,187

66,431

2019

1,243,568

157,093

84,279

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

79,767

55,343

5,046

2011

112,347

59,766

5,781

2012

143,808

73,297

8,288

2013

143,535

64,153

10,935

2014

162,680

70,548

13,665

2015

263,436

95,880

16,072

2016

302,136

102,072

20,380

2017

326,970

93,174

25,597

2018

345,959

86,188

31,346

2019

360,919

91,885

38,959

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2017

2,085,367

2018

2,366,314

2019

2,670,784

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,710

2017

1,679,807

7,786

1,850

2018

2,063,860

8,451

3,044

2019

2,259,765

8,425

2,307

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

973,588

106,470

139,532

2011

1,273,901

140,675

172,015

2012

1,502,680

144,834

191,344

2013

1,733,457

144,932

207,451

2014

2,140,067

144,152

282,017

2015

2,699,251

169,329

401,038

2016

3,526,953

170,770

665,944

2017

5,539,085

200,588

849,714

2018

7,127,191

238,161

991,270

2019

7,582,457

250,624

1,020,331

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

1,211,516

147,714

126,963

2011

926,424

114,531

152,585

2012

920,083

110,480

152,697

2013

909,625

110,632

196,812

2014

1,242,956

139,131

195,911

2015

2,077,113

162,299

301,134

2016

2,119,145

151,603

501,327

2017

2,656,147

161,423

673,550

2018

4,797,018

198,748

836,129

2019

6,177,918

227,704

973,016

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

409,124

12,149

38,997

2011

507,538

13,930

56,320

2012

642,401

15,181

75,720

2013

644,398

15,165

120,816

2014

548,428

16,127

128,880

2015

551,481

17,578

179,022

2016

631,949

18,395

162,130

2017

610,817

17,841

251,817

2018

689,097

19,702

268,202

2019

691,771

19,846

426,792

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

318,597

16,646

37,310

2011

366,428

13,862

53,117

2012

452,629

14,229

70,765

2013

398,670

13,797

113,060

2014

346,751

14,825

112,551

2015

464,807

17,852

169,185

2016

429,710

16,425

152,034

2017

426,442

16,554

237,655

2018

517,693

18,558

256,379

2019

539,282

17,247

381,747

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

2011

16,396

2,111

3

2012

18,616

2,289

2

2013

21,506

2,165

18

2014

25,542

2,688

32

2015

29,837

1,972

21

2016

43,092

3,847

45

2017

48,903

6,405

57

2018

53,445

6,275

139

2019

59,193

6,077

240

2020

68,720

7,075

361

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2010

1,107

61,210

6,890

2011

2,289

62,197

10,952

2012

2,068

67,625

15,205

2013

2,923

69,944

15,890

2014

3,061

76,551

19,831

2015

3,115

78,751

25,271

2016

4,598

76,457

30,420

2017

581

79,720

35,769

2018

620

83,677

36,171

2019

742

88,507

49,588

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

5,405

4,411

5,464

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,LTD

1,813

1,864

1,892

GUANG DONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD

1,042

1,927

1,801

ZTE CORPORATION

2,080

1,085

1,316

PING AN TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.

336

1,691

1,304

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD

722

874

1,073

VIVO MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.

179

603

955

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

567

654

872

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

10

506

872

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

335

846

770

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

22

164

197

NANJING CHENYU CULTURE MEDIA CO., LTD.

 

 

40

NANJING HUAMAI INFORMATION INDUSTRIALCORPORATION GROUP

 

 

31

XIAOMI INC.

18

22

25

NANJING YIMENYIPAI NET SCIENCE CO.,LTD.

 

 

23

NANJING JIANGXING INTELLIGENCE INC.

 

 

22

NANJING KANGZHICHUN BIOTECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.

 

 

22

QINGDAO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTGROUP CO., LTD.

 

 

20

QINGDAO SHENGHAN CHROMATOGRAPHTECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

 

 

20

INNER MONGOLIA YILI INDUSTRIAL GROUP CO., LTD.

27

13

18

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2018

2019

2020

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.

14

172

516

NINEBOT(BEIJING)TECH. CO.,LTD

18

26

90

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.

62

94

62

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.

6

26

56

SHANGHAI LIANSHANG NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

 

 

44

GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI

46

25

38

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.

21

92

36

FILIP SEDIC

 

 

28

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

8

43

9

HEILONGJIANG FEIHE DAIRY CO., LTD.

 

 

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Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 03/2021

• 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 application at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) or the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC Patent Office) is multiplied by the corresponding number of member states ; whereas one application at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one application abroad if the applicant does not reside in a member state, or as one resident application and one application abroad (two applications) if the applicant resides in a member state, due to lack of information on designations.
• 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. 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: Department for Economics and Data Analytics, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: ipstats.mail@wipo.int.