Statistical Country Profiles



China

Population (Million): 1,402.11 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 23,009.78 (2020)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

2011

436,186

1,445,916

563,863

13,020.07

2012

561,472

1,693,976

718,125

14,043.93

2013

734,115

1,940,739

765,221

15,134.61

2014

837,857

2,422,084

677,313

16,258.47

2015

1,010,557

3,100,200

730,511

17,403.28

2016

1,257,466

4,192,897

794,083

18,595.19

2017

1,306,077

6,388,803

862,643

19,887.03

2018

1,460,243

8,118,820

957,372

21,229.36

2019

1,328,067

8,604,721

1,118,565

22,492.45

2020

1,441,085

10,886,104

1,336,233

23,009.78

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

415,829

110,583

20,357

2012

535,313

117,464

26,159

2013

704,936

120,200

29,179

2014

801,135

127,042

36,722

2015

968,252

133,612

42,305

2016

1,204,981

133,522

52,485

2017

1,245,709

135,885

60,368

2018

1,393,815

148,187

66,428

2019

1,243,568

157,093

84,499

2020

1,344,817

152,342

96,268

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

112,347

59,766

5,781

2012

143,808

73,297

8,298

2013

143,535

64,153

10,937

2014

162,680

70,548

13,671

2015

263,436

95,880

16,073

2016

302,136

102,072

20,387

2017

326,970

93,174

25,606

2018

345,959

86,188

31,347

2019

360,919

91,885

38,943

2020

440,691

89,436

44,467

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2020

3,057,844

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,584

2016

1,468,295

7,682

1,711

2017

1,679,807

7,786

1,849

2018

2,063,860

8,451

3,061

2019

2,259,765

8,425

2,307

2020

2,918,874

7,759

5,136

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

1,273,901

140,675

172,015

2012

1,502,680

144,834

191,296

2013

1,733,457

144,932

207,282

2014

2,140,067

144,152

282,017

2015

2,699,251

169,330

400,949

2016

3,526,953

170,770

665,944

2017

5,539,085

200,594

849,718

2018

7,127,191

238,165

991,629

2019

7,582,457

250,553

1,022,264

2020

9,116,509

229,248

1,769,595

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

151,602

501,324

2017

2,656,147

161,424

673,550

2018

4,797,018

198,749

836,085

2019

6,177,918

227,705

974,074

2020

5,576,620

202,456

1,297,245

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

507,538

13,930

56,325

2012

642,401

15,181

75,724

2013

644,398

15,165

120,823

2014

548,428

16,127

128,885

2015

551,481

17,578

179,030

2016

631,949

18,395

162,134

2017

610,817

17,841

251,826

2018

689,097

19,702

268,275

2019

691,771

19,846

426,794

2020

752,339

18,023

583,894

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

366,428

13,862

53,117

2012

452,629

14,229

70,769

2013

398,670

13,797

113,060

2014

346,751

14,825

112,553

2015

464,807

17,852

169,186

2016

429,710

16,425

152,035

2017

426,442

16,554

237,655

2018

517,693

18,558

256,395

2019

539,282

17,247

381,749

2020

711,559

20,359

553,038

 

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

2,290

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

53,463

6,279

139

2019

59,177

6,080

240

2020

68,764

6,696

361

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2011

2,289

62,197

10,969

2012

2,068

67,625

15,267

2013

2,923

69,944

15,910

2014

3,061

76,551

19,873

2015

3,115

78,751

25,303

2016

4,598

76,457

30,458

2017

581

79,720

35,760

2018

620

83,677

36,169

2019

742

88,507

49,808

2020

651

87,303

52,221

 

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.

 

 

8

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 11/2021

• 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.