Shu Ge, head of the CNIPA’s strategic planning department, said maintaining high-quality IP development, especially that related to core technologies, has been the top priority in his work, and he also provided more IP-related support to Chinese enterprises overseas in the first six months of the year.
From January to May, the number of patents granted to Chinese enterprises in South Korea, Japan, the US and European countries kept rising, said Ge.
“According to the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the number of patents granted to Chinese enterprises including utility models that are substantively examined in Korea, with almost the same standard as a patent application is 250, 178, 236, 243 and 212 from January to May. I therefore doubt what basis the comment that the number keeps rising comes from - the numbers just went up and down,” says YungJoon Kwon, managing partner at KWON & KIM Patent & Trademark Attorneys in Seoul. “In another perspective, for the period of January to May 2021, 61,204 (60,390 patents plus 814 utility models) were registered, among which 14,660 (24 percent) (14,576 patents plus 84 utility models) attribute to foreign entities.”
Of the 14,660 registrations, China occupied 1,094 patents (7.6 percent) and 25 utility models (25 percent) in January to May 2021, which was fourth after Japan, the US and Germany, Kwon says. “The interesting thing is that only two jurisdictions, China (25 percent) and Taiwan (33.3 percent) occupy almost 60 percent of utility model registrations belonging to the foreign entities, for the same period.”
Moving back to the same months in 2020, 56,023 (55,077 patents plus 946 utility models) were registered, among which 12,948 (23.1 percent) (12,848 patents plus 100 utility models) attribute to foreign entities, he says. “Out of the 12,948 registrations, China occupied 807 patents (6.1 percent) and 45 utility models (63.6 percent) in January to May 2020, which was also fourth after Japan, the US and Germany.”
As we see for the whole 2020, 136,822 (134,766 patents plus 2,056 utility models) were registered, among which 31,099 (22.7 percent) (30,885 patents plus 214 utility models) attributed to foreign entities, he adds. “Of the 31,099 registrations, China occupied 2,041 patents (8.3 percent) and 83 utility models (36.4 percent) in January to December 2020, which was third after Japan and the US.”
As a result, the numbers just moved up and down from January to May 2021 but did increase compared with the same months of 2020, while the share cannot be said to be increased compared with the Chinese average share in patent registrations in 2020, he concludes. “If the ranks in number of registration or sharing percentage can be a measure of quality of Chinese patents, it is early to say Chinese patents have higher quality now than ever.”