China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
GENEVA (AFP) - China's patent office for the first time became the world's largest last year, as the number of global patent filings continued to grow despite the sluggish economy, the UN's intellectual property agency said on Tuesday.
Launching its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2012 report, WIPO said global patent filings last year swelled to a record 2.14 million and that China had dethroned the United States to take the biggest portion of the pie.
China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) had received a whopping 526,412 patent applications last year - a 34.6-per cent hike from 2010 - compared to 503,582 for the United States and 342,610 for third place-holder Japan, the report showed.
"In the 100 years before 2011, only three patent offices - Germany, Japan and the United States - had occupied the position of largest office," WIPO said.