Anhui province has climbed a notch higher in a national intellectual property (IP) development rating list, local authorities said on Jun 15.
The province was ranked 7th in the country, outshining all its neighbors in the Central China region, the provincial IP administration said, citing a report released by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).
The report reviewed IP developments in 2016 in provincial-level regions and in the nation as a whole from four perspectives: IP creation, application and protection as well as the environment for them. IP developments from 2010 to 2016 were also taken into account.
In breakdown, the province took the 9th place both in IP Creation Index and in IP Protection Index in 2016, and the 7th in IP Environment Index, all staying the same as a year ago, while it jumped three notches up to reach the 7th in IP Application Index.
Anhui’s index has risen 4.44 percent over the past seven years, the second highest level in the country, the report said.
The province filed 95,963 patents last year, ranking 4th in China and 1st in the central region. The figure represented a year-on-year surge of 40.5 percent, higher than the national average of 24.4 percent, bringing Anhui to the 7th in the country, statistics showed.
As of December 31, 2016, there were 39,104 valid patents around the province, up 50.0 percent year on year. Patent ownership per 10,000 people stood at 6.37, seeing it make “the top ten provinces” list.