July 20, 2017, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) held a press conference to introduce the major statistics over the first half of 2017.
In the first half of 2017, China's invention patent applications totaled 565,000, up 6.1%. A total of 209,000 invention patents were granted, of which 160,000 are by domestic applicants. As of the end of June 2017, China had a total of 1,227,000 domestic (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) inventions.
Over the same period, a total of 21,600 PCT international patent applications were filed, up 16%. Among them, 20,000 are from domestic, up15.3% and 1,600 are from abroad, up 26.0%. Of all the domestic applications, Guangdong ranks first with 11,900 applications, Beijing, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Shandong, Zhejiang all have more than 500 applications; these six provinces and cities take up nearly 90% of the domestic PCT patent application volume.
Meanwhile, there were 15,865 reexamination cases accepted, 8,504 concluded; 2,064 invalidation cases accepted, and 2,007 concluded. During this period, SIPO received a total of 1,205 integrated circuit layout design applications, and granted 1,119.
Also in this period, the whole country’s patent administrative enforcement organizations handled a total of 15,411 cases, up 23.3%, among which there were 8,837 patent dispute cases (including 8,666 cases of patent infringement), up 26.3% and 6,574 counterfeiting patent cases, up 19.5%.