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China’s Patent Filings Flat in July 2020 After Earlier Upsurge

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently released intellectual property filing data for July 2020 showing a stabilization in patent filings after the recent upsurge.  Invention patent application filings were flat compared to June 2020 at 134,188 filings while utility model applications were down slightly at 268,928 versus 276,598 filings in June 2020.  However, both numbers are significantly higher than July 2019 by 13.5% for invention patent application filings and 28% for utility model application filings.

Cumulative filings for invention patents applications through July 2020 was 817,678 versus 767,846 filings through July 2019.  Cumulative filings for utility model applications through July 2020 was 1,542,057 versus 1,205,827 filings through July 2019.  Cumulatively, foreigners filed 10.1% of invention patent applications so far this year and 0.3% of utility model applications, an often overlooked intellectual property right.

Cumulatively through July 2020, there were 265,504 invention patents granted, with foreigners receiving 18.5% of the granted patents.  Cumulatively, there were 1,270,135 utility models granted, with foreigners receiving 0.4% of the grants.

6,563 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications were received in July 2020 for a total of 36,111 PCT applications cumulatively for the year. Extrapolating for the year, there may be about 62 thousand PCT applications, exceeding the 13th five-year plan goal of 60,000 PCT applications by 2020.

Additional detailed data is available here (Chinese only).

Monthly Invention Patent Application Filings in China 2020 versus 2019
Monthly Utility Model Application Filings in China 2020 versus 2019

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Director of China Intellectual Property Practice

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