Statistical Country Profiles



China

Population (Million): 1,412.36 (2021)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2017 US$ (PPP)): 24,861.34 (2021)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2017 US$)

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

8,118,821

957,372

21,229.36

2019

1,328,067

8,605,150

1,118,568

22,492.62

2020

1,441,086

10,890,046

1,336,233

22,996.38

2021

1,538,558

11,164,361

1,512,842

24,861.34

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

96,269

2021

1,426,644

159,019

111,914

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

44,468

2021

584,891

111,055

54,418

Patents in Force

Year

Patents in Force

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

2021

3,596,901

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2021

2,844,555

7,664

5,820

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

170,771

665,944

2017

5,539,085

200,595

849,718

2018

7,127,191

238,165

991,630

2019

7,582,457

250,545

1,022,693

2020

9,116,509

229,201

1,773,537

2021

9,192,749

262,045

1,971,612

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2012

920,083

110,484

152,697

2013

909,625

110,633

196,697

2014

1,242,956

139,120

195,903

2015

2,077,113

162,302

301,047

2016

2,119,145

151,587

501,318

2017

2,656,147

161,424

673,548

2018

4,797,018

198,753

836,084

2019

6,177,918

227,706

974,208

2020

5,576,620

202,462

1,296,995

2021

7,545,435

219,926

1,939,113

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

426,797

2020

752,339

18,023

583,894

2021

785,857

19,853

726,985

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

2021

767,078

18,443

715,079

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Year

PCT System

Madrid System

Hague System

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

59,187

6,083

240

2020

68,929

6,701

361

2021

69,580

5,273

258

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

52,222

2021

895

92,713

62,129

 

PCT Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

4,411

5,464

6,952

Guang Dong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd

1,927

1,801

2,208

Boe Technology Group Co.,ltd

1,864

1,892

1,980

Ping An Technology (shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

1,691

1,304

1,564

Zte Corporation

1,085

1,316

1,493

Vivo Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.

603

955

1,336

Sz Dji Technology Co., Ltd

874

1,073

1,042

Aac Acoustic Technologies (shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

1

298

679

Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.

506

872

648

Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.

654

872

647

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

164

197

98

Honor Device Co., Ltd.

 

 

38

Xiaomi Inc.

22

25

21

Bestway Inflatables & Material Corp.

4

2

17

Hashkey Digital Asset Group Limited

 

 

15

Shengli Oilfield Shengji;petroleum Equipment Co., Ltd.

 

 

15

Third Pole Of The Earth;industrial Development Corporation Ltd.

 

 

13

Midea Group Co., Ltd.

13

4

12

Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited

4

1

12

Dongguan Yueke ;enterprise Management Service Co., Ltd.

 

 

11

 

Hague Top Applicants

Applicant

2019

2020

2021

Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.

172

516

227

Midea Group Co., Ltd.

26

56

104

Ninebot(beijing)tech. Co.,ltd

26

90

98

Citic Dicastal Co., Ltd.

92

36

78

Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. Of Zhuhai

25

38

15

Beijing Rockrobo Technology Co., Ltd.

 

1

14

Shenzhen Tcl New Technology Co., Ltd.

 

 

12

Beijing Jingdong Qianshi Technology Co., Ltd.

 

 

8

Ecoflow Inc.

 

 

8

Shenzhen Breo Technology Co.,ltd.

 

 

7

 

Source: WIPO statistics database; last updated: 12/2022

• 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.