China overtakes US in number of patent filingsDecember 11, 2012 @ 6:24 am
GENEVA (AP) - GENEVA _ The U.N. says the Chinese filed the most patent applications in the world last year, overtaking the U.S. for the first time.
The U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization says China's patent office received 526,412 applications in 2011, ahead of the United States with 503,582 filings.
The agency's Director General Francis Gurry told reporters Tuesday in Geneva that the 2.14 million patent applications were filed worldwide last year, up 7.8 percent from 2010. He says that indicates a healthy emphasis on innovation despite weak economic conditions.
The European patent office had 142,793 applications in 2011, down 5.4 percent from 2010, but still up from 2009, when it received 134,580 applications.
China overtook Japan in 2010. Japan received 342,610 patent applications in 2011.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Daredevils post breathtaking pictures atop Seattle landmarks
Escape cold Seattle; go skiing at Crystal Mountain
Director Jeremy Scahill says Obama hasn't been fighting a clean war
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.