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China’s patent development strategy revealed


By David Schwartz
Published: January 5th, 2011

The New York Times has published the English translation of a fascinating document released in November by the State Intellectual Property Office of China that describes the country’s intention to move aggressively toward an innovation economy. The National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2020), translated by USPTO researchers, outlines nine strategic goals that China plans to implement by 2015. The document makes clear that the Chinese aim to vastly expand their patent system, with a target of two million annual filings by 2015. In contrast, the USPTO processed 478,649 utility patents during FY 2010, according to agency statistics. The document also reveals China’s intention to establish patent offices throughout the country, to expand its pool of patent examiners to 9,000 by 2015, and to shorten the average time to examine a patent application to 22 months.

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