According to The Situation of Intellectual Property Protection in China in the Year of 2017, published by China National intellectual Property Administration, the total number of patent applications for inventions reached 1.382 million, with 14.2 percent increase, ranking the first in the world for seven years; the number of patent applications for utility models reached 1.687 million, 22.7 percent more than 2016; and the number of patent applications for design increased 2.3 percent, reached 629,000.
China National Intellectual Property Administration continues to focus on resolving patent administrative law enforcement cases, the total number of the resolved cases reached 66,649 with an increase of 36.3 percent. Among them, 28,157 cases were patent disputes, 35 percent more than the previous year, and 38492 cases of plaming off patent were sentenced, increased 37.2 percent.
China National Intellectual Property Administration has also strengthened the patent law enforcement supervision, 23 provinces participated in the network of patent law enforcement, and the number of intellectual property protection centers increased to 31.
Moreover, the promotion of the patent protection was also well organized, six exhibitions were held, and hundreds of articles with over 200, 000 words were written by China National Intellectual Property Administration. Over 10,000 news pieces related to patent protection were reported covering more than 100 million person-times.