Sunday, August 2, 2015

China and Patents

China Daily reports:

China recorded 928,000 invention patent applications in 2014, more than that of any other country, for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released by the State Intellectual Property Office on Monday.

The office found that about 663,000 inventions had high quality and market value. About 4.9 patents per 10,000 population were filed, according to the data. Enterprises have been pillars of research and the development of new technologies and products, according to the office. In 2014, about 485,000 invention patent applications were filed by enterprises, more than the number filed by individuals, academies or research institutes.

 It is not clear just where those patents apply nor was there a breakdown by area. However this is a clear national goal and as with most things there is strong Chinese unity and drive. I always wonder why Russia is so far behind. The Russian have always had brilliant technologists but they are clearly way behind in biotech and other areas of focus in the 21st century.