CHINA AGAIN TOPS UN AGENCY’S RANK­ING OF TOP PATENT FIL­ERS

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A U.N. agency says China has is­sued the most in­ter­na­tional patent ap­pli­ca­tions for an eighth straight year, show­ing the coun­try’s heft in in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty amid U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ac­cu­sa­tion that the grow­ing Asia power steals it.

The World In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Or­ga­ni­za­tion said Mon­day that in­no­va­tors around the world filed a record 3.17 mil­lion patents last year, an an­nual in­crease of nearly 6 per­cent.

China’s IP of­fice took in a record 1.38 mil­lion patent ap­pli­ca­tions in 2017. The United States, which led the rank­ings through 2011, was se­cond with nearly 607,000.

Japan was third at some 318,000. South Korea and the Euro­pean Patent Of­fice rounded out the top five.

Over­all, Asia re­ceived nearly two-thirds of all patent fil­ings world­wide, up from just un­der half of fil­ings a decade ear­lier.

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