Patent applications have increased dramatically. Photo: The National Intellectual Property Administration of the PRC.

The National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) of the PRC issued 2,487 patent certificates in the first six months of this year – a 52.0% increase over the same period last year.

According to thepaper.cn, the administration announced at a press conference in Beijing on July 9 that it had received 2,904 patent applications in the first half of the year, a 45.7% increase from the same period last year.

Ge Shu, Director of the Strategic Planning Department of the CNIPA, said integrated circuits have been playing an important role in China’s industrial upgrading and restructuring and enterprises have given great importance to the design of integrated circuits in recent years.

The approval process for patents at the CNIPA has been optimised to maximise efficiency, the director said, and registrations for applications are completed timely to provide a better service for innovative groups.

In the first half of the year, China’s major intellectual property right indicators were in tandem with business developments. The comprehensive strength of intellectual property rights has been improving, which in turn boosts the country’s openness and innovation, he said.

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