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China has highest number of patent applications for fourth year in a row

by on May.21, 2015, under China Manufacturing Blog

QPI Ltd has been in the thick of Chinese manufacturing for several decades. Before that, the management was hands on in Taiwan.

While quality is still only achieved through constant vigilance, it has been interesting to see how the manufacturing has developed.

Innovation has always been at the core of any manufacturing process. It is inherently a problem solving process. How to manufacture something. How to resolve issues that arise in the manufacturing process.

It is natural progression that innovation will first have to be applied in more immediate issues of production and with simpler problems, then later can be applied to more complex design issues.

While many have admonished that quality and innovation could never be a feature of  manufacturing in China, I have long believed it would be inevitable. Just as Japan and Korea transitioned from lower quality to high quality highly innovative manufacturing similar is occurring in China.

There is still a long way to go before quality is common place, however this article demonstrates how innovation is certainly gaining and maintaining momentum.

Patent applications lead the world

China recorded 928,000 invention patent applications in 2014, more than that of any other country, for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released by the State Intellectual Property Office on Monday.

The office found that about 663,000 inventions had high quality and market value. About 4.9 patents per 10,000 population were filed, according to the data.

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