Saturday, February 04, 2006

Chinese Patent Applications Skyrocket In 2005


"According to Reuters, Chinese firms sought 44 percent more international patents in 2005 than the year before, in what WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization ) Deputy Director General Francis Gurry described as a concerted push to protect the country's booming high-technology products abroad."

"Filings from companies including telecoms equipment makers Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. made China the 10th largest international patent seeker in 2005 -- ahead of Australia, Italy and Canada.

The United States, Japan and Germany logged the most international applications last year. Netherlands-based consumer electronics group Philips was the largest individual filer with nearly 2,500 applications, WIPO said."


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