China's IQ (Innovation Quotient): Patenting, In Depth

December 2014

The ascent of China as a global economic and technological power has made for a constant (and constantly striking) story in recent years. The nation’s progress has frequently been marked in Thomson Reuters reports—most recently, in the 2014 edition of the Top 100 Global Innovators, in which, for the first time, a China-based firm made the list of the world’s most innovative organizations.  

Thomson Reuters now takes a closer look in a new report, “China’s IQ (Innovation Quotient): Trends in Patenting and the Globalization of Chinese Innovation.”  This is the fourth in a series of “Patented in China” papers, updating respective editions that appeared in 2008, 2010, and 2011.

Drawing upon Derwent World Patents Index, Thomson Innovation, and other Thomson Reuters resources, this latest installment underscores China’s ongoing ascendance. For example, the report notes the nation’s 16% increase in published patent applications in 2013 compared to the previous year. And this growth shows no signs of slowing: one chart projects that China’s number of annual invention patent applications will approach one million within the next three years.

The report goes on to detail China’s areas of technical concentration, its main efforts at patent protection, its international filings beyond the domestic market, and the challenges its corporations face as they pursue a global footing.

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