Recently, the CNIPA released the 2021 annual report, which involves the application of patents, trademarks, geographical indications, and layout designs of integrated circuits in 2021 as follows:
In 2021, the number of patent applications for invention in China was 1.586 million, a year-on-year increase of 5.9%. China's invention patent allowance rate was 55.0%. In 2021, a total of 73,000 international patent applications submitted via the PCT route were accepted, a year-on-year increase of 1.5%. In 2021, 107,000 PCT international applications entering the Chinese national phase were received, a year-on-year increase of 6.3%, including 106,000 invention patent applications and 916 utility model patent applications.
In 2021, the number of trademark registration applications in China was 9.451 million, including 9.193 million domestic trademark applications, accounting for 97.3% of the total, a year-on-year increase of 0.8%; and the number of foreign trademark applications in China was 258,000, accounting for 2.7% of the total, a year-on-year increase of 11.6%. In 2021, a total of 5,928 applications for the Madrid trademark international registration submitted by Chinese applicants were received.
In 2021, 22 applications for the protection of GI products were accepted, 99 GI products were approved for protection, and 7,677 market entities were approved to use special marks for GI products. By the end of 2021, a total of 215 foreign geographical indication trademarks had been approved for registration, an increase of 2.4% over the end of 2020. The top three countries are: France (154 cases), Italy (24 cases), and the United States (14 cases). The registrations from the three countries account for 89.3% of the foreign geographical indication trademark registrations in China.
In 2021, a total of 20,000 applications for registration of layout designs of integrated circuits were received, a year-on-year increase of 41.6%; and 13,000 were published and issued certificates, a year-on-year increase of 11.6%. Since the implementation of the Protection Regulation of Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits on October 1, 2001, a total of 66,000 cases for registration of layout-designs of integrated circuits have been received, and 52,000 of them have been published and issued certificates.
For details, please click: China National Intellectual Property Administration 2021 Annual Report
(Source: the CNIPA)