Similar to our US IP Trends Survey, Managing Intellectual Property magazine conducted a survey on the state of the IP industry in China.
Respondents representing in-house counsel for 80 China-based companies answered questions pertaining to their company’s domestic and international IP strategy. Managing Intellectual Property presented their findings in a November 1, 2010 article, but I’ll highlight the points I found most interesting:
- We have previously reported on China-based companies, such as Huawei and ZTE, which consistently lead the world in PCT filings per year. However, such prolific filers are certainly the exception and not the rule in China. Nearly half of all respondents indicated that they have fewer than 100 registered patents, including utility model patents, while only about 13% have over 1000 registered patents.
- For the most part, IP departments in Chinese corporations are still developing and relatively small. In fact, 89% of respondents indicated that they have patent departments comprising 10 or fewer individuals.
- Government-sponsored subsidies and tax breaks provide companies with a significant incentive to file patents domestically. 78% of respondents indicated that they received some form of subsidy for their patent filings. Furthermore, nearly 1/3 of respondents indicated that they have zero patents registered in foreign jurisdictions. For many outside observers, this disparity brings into question the quality of patents filed with the Chinese Patent Office.
These are merely a few of the highlights of the Managing Intellectual Property survey. For complete survey results, please read the full article here (subscription required).