Science and technology
The number of patent applications in China is over second in the world
According to data released on Wednesday by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the number of patents applied in China in 2017 has surpassed that of Japan, ranking second in the world. WIPO expects China to surpass the United States in three years.
WIPO data showed that the number of patent applications in China last year was 48882, up 13% from the same period. In fact, since 2003, the number of patent applications in China has been more than 10% per year.
The number of patent applications in the United States remained in the lead, 56624 last year, an increase of only 0.1% over the same period. The number of patent applications in Japan is 48208, and the increase of 7% is not enough to keep it in the world's ranking of second. Since 2003, Japan has been ranked second in this area and is now overtaken by China.
As a whole, the number of global patent applications in 2017 was 243500, up 5% from the same period. About 50% of them are from East Asia because the global technological innovation center is turning from Europe and America to the region.
WIPO expects the number of patent applications in China to surpass the United States in the next three years. WIPO director general Francis Gurry said: "the rapid growth of China's utilization of the international patent system indicates that, with the rapid transformation of China's economy, the innovators have targeted the international market, hoping to bring their creativity into the new market."
Of the 10 companies with the largest number of patent applications, 7 are from China, Japan and South Korea. China's HUAWEI and ZTE are the two companies with the largest number of patent applications in 2017. The report said HUAWEI accounted for about 10% of all patents in the 5G field.
In addition to HUAWEI and ZTE, the number of patent applications for Intel ranked third, and the MITSUBISHI motor in Japan ranked fourth and Qualcomm ranked fifth.