Further Enhanced Confidence of Foreign Enterprises in Intellectual Property Protection in China

March 24, 2022

Recently, the latest data released by the CNIPA show that in 2021, 110,000 patents for invention of foreign applicants were granted in China, a year-on-year increase of 23.0%; 194,000 trademarks were registered, a year-on-year increase of 5.2%. Among them, the invention patent authorization and trademark registration of the United States in China increased by 32.1% and 17.3% respectively year-on-year. The number of intellectual property rights of foreign enterprises in China has maintained a rapid growth, indicating that foreign enterprises have firm confidence in China's intellectual property protection and business environment.

From the "zero complaint" of intellectual property infringement realized by China International Import Expo and China International Fair for Trade in Services to the further improvement of social satisfaction with intellectual property protection to 80.61 points, China's intellectual property protection achieved remarkable results in 2021.

According to the 2021 Global Innovation Index (GII) released by WIPO, China ranks 12th, two place up from 2020 and reaching a new high. China's innovation level has been continuously improving. By the end of 2021, the number of high-value patents for invention per 10000 population in China had reached 7.5, an increase of 1.2 over the previous year.

At present, China's long-term valid patents for invention have increased rapidly, and the overseas layout ability of innovative entities has continued to improve. By the end of 2021, the number of valid patents for invention in China (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) that have been maintained for more than 10 years reached 323,000, a year-on-year increase of 27.7%, accounting for 11.9% of the domestic total, an increase of 0.6 percentage points from the end of the "13th Five-Year Plan" period. China has 83000 valid patents for invention having the family patent rights overseas, with a year-on-year increase of 21.8%, of which enterprises, as innovative entities, have nearly 90%.

(Source: China Intellectual Property Information Network)