China’s Utility Model Grants Down 25% in First Half of 2023; Invention Patent Grants Up 10%


At a press conference on July 18, 2023, Hu, Deputy Director General of the State Intellectual Property Office Wen Hui said: In the first half of the year, a total of 433,000 invention patents and 1.104 million utility models were authorized. In addition, 35,000 PCT international patent applications were filed; 33,000 patent reexamination cases were concluded and 4,433 invalidation cases were concluded. A total of 957 international design applications were filed by Chinese applicants through the Hague System. Compared with the first half of 2022, the number of utility model authorizations decreased by 25%, and the number of invention patents authorized increased by 10%. Design patent grants also fell by 10 percent. 

The decline in utility model and design patents, as well as the increase in invention patents, indicate that China's goal is shifting from quantity to quality. China has been cracking down on "anomalous" patents, mainly designs and utility models that have not been substantively examined, with nearly 1 million such anomalous patent applications discovered in 2022 alone. In addition, China has been steadily reducing patent subsidies and incentives, with an ultimate target date of 2025.