2021 China Patent Investigation Report Was Released

August 23, 2022

Recently, the CNIPA released the 2021 China Patent Investigation Report. The survey data shows that at this stage, China's patent transfer and transformation remain active, the industrialization rate of effective invention patents continues to increase, the industry-university-research cooperation and innovation have achieved remarkable results, and the domestic intellectual property protection environment progresses while maintaining stability.

First, the industrialization rate of China's effective invention patents has steadily increased. In 2021, the industrialization rate of China's invention patents was 35.4%, an increase of 0.7 percentage points over the previous year, showing an upward trend in the past three years and stable at more than 30% in the past five years. As the main body of innovation, the industrialization rate of effective invention patents of enterprises reached 46.8%, an increase of 1.9 percentage points over the previous year. From the perspective of enterprise scale, the industrialization rate of invention patents of large, medium and small enterprises reached 47.1%, 54.6% and 47.7% respectively, all of which increased over the previous year.

Second, industry-university-research cooperation effectively promoted the level of patent industrialization. According to the survey, the industrialization rate of universities as the first patentee in the industry-university-research invention patents reached 22.8%, more than seven times the average level of universities. The industrialization rate of industry-university-research invention patents with scientific research institutions as the first patentee was 25.8%, about 10 percentage points higher than the average level of scientific research institutions. The data also shows that the average industrialization income of the invention patents of industry-university-research cooperation exceeds the average level of enterprises by 32.5%, and the industry-university-research cooperation has an obvious effect on improving economic benefits.

Third, China's intellectual property protection environment is improving overall. In 2021, 76.4% of Chinese enterprises took measures to protect their rights after encountering patent infringement, an increase of 2.5 percentage points over the previous year. Enterprise patentees were more proactive in responding to patent infringement. In China's patent infringement lawsuits, 16.3% of the cases were determined by the court for compensation, litigation mediation or court settlement with an amount of more than 1 million yuan, 9.0 percentage points higher than the previous year.

(Source: Official Wechat of the CNIPA)