Chinese Patent Grants Up 77% in First Quarter of 2021

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In recently released data from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), invention patent grants have increased 77% in the first quarter of 2021 year-on-year.  Utility model patent grants are up 72% and design patent grants are up 14%.  There is no filing data as CNIPA has ceased releasing patent application filing data since December 2020 but CNIPA has budgeted for a potential 50+% drop in the coming years

Specifically, there were 152,342 invention patent granted in the Q1 2021, with 16.5% granted to foreigners. This compares with 85,997 in Q1 2020 with 22.7% granted to foreigners. The drop in percentage of patents granted to foreigners is despite a 29% increase in patent grants to foreigners (from 19,496 invention patents to 25,120 invention patents). 

There were 591,965 utility models granted  and 168,800 design patents granted in Q1 2021.

Source: CNIPA