Shen Changyu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office, speaks with the media at the Patent Information Annual Conference in Beijing last week. Jiang Wenjie / For China Daily
What a two-day patent information meeting discussed was "of particular significance to slow recovery of the global economic situation and robust advancement of digital technology", according to a senior official of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
"Both were linked to the utilization, sharing, dissemination and management of patent information, "Wang Binying, deputy director-general of WIPO told the Patent Information Annual Conference held in Beijing last week.
The event drew more than 1,800 attendees from China and abroad. "I'm quite impressed by the level of the participants in this year's conference and the expertise they represent," she said.
"Patent information is the key and basis to shape up scientific research and thus promote innovation," she said.
Shen Changyu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office, told the audience that the number of patent documents that SIPO publicized in Chinese surpassed 10 million since the Patent Law took effect in China in 1985.
Filings continued their momentum in the country, with invention patent applications growing 10.8 percent year-on-year to 351,000 in the first half of this year.
During the same period, SIPO dealt with 11,000 international filings through the Patent Cooperation Treaty, up 20.5 percent year-on-year, reinforcing the country's third position in the global PCT ranking last year.
Invention patent applications with IP offices in the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea from China increased 32.6 percent, according to Shen.
"The fast rise in patent numbers and continuous improvement in quality provide a strong support for the popularization and use of Chinese patent information," he noted.
Wu Handong, director of the IP Research Center at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, said Chinese filers accounted for 27.8 percent of global invention patent applications in 2013. They were followed by the US with 23.1 percent, 14.6 percent from Japan and 8 percent from South Korea, according to WIPO statistics.
"Northeast Asia represented by China, Japan and South Korea is the most innovative region in the world," Wu said.
"The data looks impressive," he said. "Yet Chinese companies still see marked differences in access to patents concerning core technologies, compared with their overseas peers," he noted.