China becomes top filer of PCT applications

WIPO: China becomes top applicant for international patent applications in 2019

In 2019, the top five filers of PCT applications were China, the U.S., Japan, Germany and the Republic of Korea. This emerges from a recent publication by WIPO. China, with an increase of 10.6%, is thus displacing the U.S. from first place, while Germany records a decline of 2%. Regarding technical fields, computer technology and digital communication account for the largest share of published PCT applications.

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