Statistical Country Profiles

China

Population (Million): 1,392.73 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 22,543.83 (2018)

 

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

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

241,435

838,071

369,631

11,484.16

2010

308,327

1,113,120

448,121

12,705.63

2011

436,168

1,445,916

563,868

13,919.13

2012

561,404

1,694,024

718,127

15,013.12

2013

734,093

1,940,908

765,242

16,179.44

2014

837,814

2,422,084

677,318

17,360.46

2015

1,010,524

3,100,283

730,548

18,559.25

2016

1,257,425

4,192,656

794,092

19,809.53

2017

1,306,080

6,388,344

862,625

21,148.06

2018

1,460,244

8,118,135

957,241

22,543.83

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

229,096

85,508

12,339

2010

293,066

98,111

15,261

2011

415,829

110,583

20,339

2012

535,313

117,464

26,091

2013

704,936

120,200

29,157

2014

801,135

127,042

36,679

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

66,429

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

65,391

62,998

3,109

2010

79,767

55,343

5,047

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

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

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

2017

2,085,367

2018

2,366,314

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

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

1,710

2017

1,679,807

7,786

1,850

2018

2,063,860

8,451

3,044

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

741,811

85,338

96,260

2010

973,588

106,475

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

144,143

282,017

2015

2,699,251

169,330

401,032

2016

3,526,953

170,767

665,703

2017

5,539,085

200,584

849,259

2018

7,127,191

238,331

990,944

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

737,308

107,190

82,325

2010

1,211,516

147,714

126,963

2011

926,424

114,531

152,585

2012

920,083

110,477

152,681

2013

909,625

110,632

196,808

2014

1,242,956

139,131

195,911

2015

2,077,113

162,299

301,118

2016

2,119,145

151,601

501,223

2017

2,656,147

161,422

673,555

2018

4,797,018

198,795

836,120

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

339,654

11,688

29,977

2010

409,124

12,149

38,997

2011

507,538

13,930

56,330

2012

642,401

15,181

75,726

2013

644,398

15,165

120,844

2014

548,428

16,127

128,890

2015

551,481

17,578

179,067

2016

631,949

18,395

162,143

2017

610,817

17,841

251,808

2018

689,097

19,702

268,144

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

234,282

15,419

24,125

2010

318,597

16,646

37,310

2011

366,428

13,862

53,107

2012

452,629

14,229

70,759

2013

398,670

13,797

113,032

2014

346,751

14,825

112,541

2015

464,807

17,852

169,140

2016

429,710

16,425

152,012

2017

426,442

16,554

237,615

2018

517,693

18,558

256,312

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

7,900

1,554

2

2010

12,301

2,110

 

2011

16,397

2,111

3

2012

18,616

2,289

2

2013

21,508

2,165

18

2014

25,544

2,688

32

2015

29,838

1,969

21

2016

43,091

3,846

45

2017

48,905

6,397

57

2018

53,345

6,900

139

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

640

52,971

4,635

2010

1,107

61,210

6,891

2011

2,289

62,197

10,952

2012

2,068

67,625

15,204

2013

2,923

69,944

15,890

2014

3,061

76,551

19,832

2015

3,115

78,751

25,271

2016

4,598

76,457

30,420

2017

581

79,720

35,769

2018

620

83,677

36,169

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

3,692

4,024

5,405

ZTE CORPORATION

4,123

2,965

2,080

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,LTD

1,673

1,818

1,813

GUANG DONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD

80

474

1,042

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED

172

560

661

SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD

197

238

656

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD

1,163

972

463

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD

86

290

395

QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.

103

159

374

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED

452

707

340

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.

59

36

51

DONGYING BAOLAI JINGU INDUSTRY AND TRADECO.LTD

 

 

33

INNER MONGOLIA YILI INDUSTRIAL GROUP CO., LTD.

4

2

25

FENGJING (CHINA) BUILDING MATERIALS GROUP CO., LTD.

11

15

22

XIAOMI INC.

3

10

21

QING DAO HAI NA SHENG WU KE JI LET.,CO

 

 

18

DONGYING HAIYUAN CHEMICAL CO., LTD.

1

 

16

DONGYING RUN YAN BIOTECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

 

 

16

SEPCOIII ELECTRIC POWER CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.

 

 

16

QINGDAO JIMO YATAI ELECTRIC APPLIANCE CO., LTD.

 

1

15

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.

62

3

62

GREE ELECTRIC APPLIANCES, INC. OF ZHUHAI

 

34

46

BEIJING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO., LTD.

 

 

24

CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD.

 

 

21

NINEBOT(BEIJING)TECH. CO.,LTD

17

23

18

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.

 

 

14

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO.,LTD.

2

 

8

FABIEN FONTAINE

 

 

6

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.

 

 

6

CHONGQING LONGCO AUTOMATIC MACHINERY ANDEQUIPMENTS RESEARCH INSTITUTE CO., LTD

 

 

5

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• 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.