China has set a world record for the number of patent applications submitted in one country within a year.
It was the first nation to see over a million patent applications filed last year, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation said in a report.
Some 1,010,864 applications were submitted in China in 2015, more than a third of the filings made around the world, according to the report.
Many of the filings were for innovations in telecoms, computing, semiconductors and medical technology.
The number of patents filed on the mainland was larger than the next three countries – the US, Japan and South Korea – combined.
The submissions in China increased by 18.7 per cent compared with 2014.
The figures includes applications from inventors or organisations within China, plus foreigners seeking patent protection on the mainland… see more