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China Becomes One of the Top 5 U.S. Patent Recipients for the First Time

Jan 10 , 2018

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they’ve received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world’s second-largest economy is succeeding in its strategy to transform from Silicon Valley’s factory to a powerhouse of research.


Chinese inventors received 11,241 U.S. patents last year, a 28 percent increase over the same period in 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by IFI Claims Patent Services, a unit of Fairview Research LLC. That propels the nation into the top five recipients for the first time, behind the U.S., Japan, Korea and Germany, but ahead of Taiwan.


The applications are being filed by both established players making the transition and startups, primarily in the electronics field, said lawyer Don Featherstone of Sterne Kessler in Washington, who helps Chinese companies seek and receive U.S. patents.


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