China makes special drive on IPR

April 18th, 2008 - 12:33 am ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 17 (Xinhua) More than three million trademarks have been registered during 2007 in China as a result of a special drive to protect intellectual property rights (IPR), State Intellectual Property Office said Thursday. In the area of patent application, the office received 694,000 applications from China and abroad, an increase of 21 percent from the previous year, spokesman Yin Xintian told reporters.

The US filed the largest number of applications, followed by Japan, Germany, France, North Korea, Britain and China itself, according to Yin.

Of the applications, those from China totalled 5,401, up 41.2 percent from the previous year.

The spokesman said patent applications in China had reached four million by the end of last year.

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