China: Patent applications by residents
(measure: patent applications; source: The World Intellectual Property Organization)
China: Patent applications by residents: For that indicator, The World Intellectual Property Organization provides data for China from 1985 to 2016. The average value for China during that period was 189533 patent applications with a minumum of 3494 patent applications in 1986 and a maximum of 1204981 patent applications in 2016. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
Definition: Patent applications are worldwide patent applications filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty procedure or with a national patent office for exclusive rights for an invention--a product or process that provides a new way of doing something or offers a new technical solution to a problem. A patent provides protection for the invention to the owner of the patent for a limited period, generally 20 years.