On July 18, the State Council Information Office held a press conference to introduce the situation of intellectual property work in the first half of 2023. The reporter learned at the meeting that in the first half of this year, my country authorized a total of 433,000 invention patents, 1.104 million utility model patents, and 344,000 design patents. In the first half of the year, my country issued a total of 4,861 integrated circuit layout design certificates. As of the end of June this year, my country had issued a total of 66,000 integrated circuit layout design certificates.
At the press conference, Hu Wenhui, deputy director of the State Intellectual Property Office, introduced that my country’s intellectual property work in the first half of this year has the following main features: First, domestic patents and trademarks Ownership has steadily increased. As of the end of June this year, the number of valid domestic invention patents in my country was 3.683 million, a year-on-year increase of 20.4%. Among them, valid invention patents that have been maintained for more than 10 years reached 559,000, accounting for 15.2%, an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the same period last year. The number of valid domestic registered trademarks was 42.177 million, a year-on-year increase of 9.4%, showing a steady growth trend.
Second, the number of innovative companies with patents is growing rapidly. As of the end of June this year, there were 385,000 domestic companies with valid invention patents in my country, an increase of 60,000 compared with the same period last year, and a total of 2.605 million valid invention patents, accounting for more than 70% of the domestic total, an increase of 1.8 compared with the same period last year. percentage point. Among them, high-tech enterprises and "little giant" enterprises that specialize in new technologies have 1.804 million pieces, a year-on-year increase of 23.3%, which is 2.9 percentage points higher than the domestic average growth rate.
Third, the patent reserve in the field of digital technology has been further strengthened. According to the statistics of 35 technical fields classified by the World Intellectual Property Organization, as of the end of June this year, the top three technical fields with the highest growth rate of effective invention patents in my country are computer technology management methods, computer technology and basic communication programs, with year-on-year growth of 56.6% respectively. %, 38.2% and 26.0%, the growth rate is much higher than the domestic average of 20.4%, providing strong support for the innovative development of my country's digital economy.
Fourth, Chinese applicants are more active in applying for intellectual property rights abroad. In the first half of this year, the State Intellectual Property Office accepted 33,000 PCT international patent applications submitted by domestic applicants, a year-on-year increase of 7.1%, and 3,024 Madrid trademark international registration applications, a year-on-year increase of 12.0%. Since joining the Hague Agreement in May 2022, Chinese applicants have submitted an average of more than 150 international design applications every month, ranking among the top in the world.
Fifth, my country’s intellectual property import and export scale has maintained steady growth. From January to May this year, my country's import volume of intellectual property royalties was 120.8 billion yuan, and export volume was 36.98 billion yuan. Both import and export volumes achieved growth, and intellectual property trade showed strong resilience.
Currently, patent innovation in the core industries of my country’s digital economy is booming. Statistics show that as of the end of 2022, the number of valid invention patents in my country's core industries of the digital economy is 1.60 million, of which 1.273 million are domestic. The overall number of domestic and foreign patents in China shows an "82" pattern. Ge Shu, Director of the Strategic Planning Department of the State Intellectual Property Office, said that the development of patents in the core industries of my country’s digital economy mainly presents the following four characteristics:
First, the core of the digital economy Industrial invention patents are growing rapidly. From 2016 to 2022, the average annual growth rate of invention patent authorizations in my country's core industries of the digital economy reached 18.1%, which is 1.5 times the average annual growth rate of my country's total invention patent authorizations during the same period. Among them, 335,000 invention patents in core industries of the digital economy will be authorized in 2022, a year-on-year increase of 17.5%.
Second, domestic enterprises have strong innovation momentum in the field of digital economy. As of the end of 2022, corporate ownership accounted for 70.9% of the valid invention patents in the core industries of the domestic digital economy. Taking advantage of domestic massive data and rich application scenarios, local innovation forces have risen, and domestic leading companies have continued to emerge, becoming an important force in promoting the development of the digital economy.
Third, the eastern region has obvious advantages in innovation in the field of digital economy. As of the end of 2022, the effective number of invention patents in the core industries of the digital economy in the Yangtze River Delta, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region accounted for 71.3% of the domestic total, showing a "three strong" situation, which is very important for promoting regional economic transformation and high-tech development. Quality development has played an active role.
Fourth, more foreign companies are coming to China to carry out digital economy patent layout. As of the end of 2022, 95 countries (regions) have 327,000 invention patents in core industries of the digital economy in China, of which digital product manufacturing accounts for 62.7%. Foreign companies are strengthening their patent layout in key industries such as semiconductors, communication system equipment, and optoelectronic devices, and Chinese companies need to increase their technological research efforts in related fields.