EPO Reveals Biggest Number of Chinese Patent Applications
Data from the European Patent Office
(EPO) showed that the number of patent applications China submitted in 2017 put it among the top five countries, the first time China has been ranked so high by the EPO.
The EPO'S latest annual report revealed they received 165,590 international patent applications in 2017. Of these, 8,330 came from China, a 16.6 percent year-onyear growth, a faster rate than any other country or region.
China's inventions concentrated on digital communication, computer technology and telecommunication, with those on measurement, fine organic chemistry and biotechnology growing fastest. As China's leading telecom provider, Huawei made a great contribution to China's ranking by being the enterprise that applied for the biggest number of patents at the EPO. 2017 Growth in Patent Applications