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Chinese full-text data now available in the new IamIP platform

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For nearly a decade, China has taken great pride in filing the largest number of domestic patents, and in 2017 they filed around 30% of the total filed patents in the world. One may wonder what has made this country so innovative?

IAMIP’s coverage of Chinese patents extended back to 1985

China patent applications

Figure 1: Comparison of annually filed patent applications in China and the world (source: https://www3.wipo.int/ipstats/ipslinechart )

As a result of the science and technology policy initiatives enacted in China since 1988, China has taken the global lead in the number of research and development personnel employed within the country, in 2017 it has almost reached 4 million R&D workers (source: https://en.unesco.org/). In addition, the OECD shows that China was second-largest country receiving R&D investment behind the United States in 2016, with $412 billion that year (source: http://www.oecd.org/about/).

In 2017, the number of newly registered enterprises surpassed 16,000 per day, an increase from the 15,000 daily new registered enterprises in 2016. Therefore, there are no doubts that the innovation capacity is high and increasing in China.

An increase in innovation is also connected with the rising rate of patent application filings within China. In 2017, more than 1.3 million patent applications were filed with China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), which was the largest annual patent filing for any country in the world surpassing the combined filings of the United States, Japan, South Korea and Europe in that year. China was also the top nation for patent application filings in 2016 which was the first year that the country broke the one million filings record in a one-year period.

Patent aplictaions filled in China

Figure 2: Patent application filed in China (source: https://www3.wipo.int/ipstats/ipslinechart )

There has also been an increase in international patent applications in recent years where the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) was chosen as the international search authority, only second to the USA in 2017. (source: https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2018/article_0002.html ). This indicates that Chinese companies are also targeting exclusivity on the international market such as Europe and the USA.

Until now, patent information for the Chinese market had only been available in IAMIPs platform with English machine translated titles and abstracts, dating back to 1985 as published by SIPO. Based on the feedback from our existing fortune 500 customers and users that want to be able to do full-text searches in English or Chinese, IAMIPs Chief Product Officer Viktor Rudolf, decided in 2017 to implement a systematic program to enhance the global collection on IAMIP’s existing database coverage.

"The translation quality from Chinese to English was one of the most important criteria and after 1 year of deep analysis of vendors, methods and algorithms in translating Chinese patent information we have today most probably the best English machine translated patent information to support our customers", says Viktor Rudolf.

IAMIP now offers Chinese full-text data coverage within its IamIP Platform. The full-text data covers the original Chinese language as well as English machine translations for all patent applications, granted patents, utility models and designs from 1985 and onwards. Furthermore, IamIP as well receives all new published Chinse documents on a weekly basis with the original and translated full-text data, so that even the weekly monitoring processes of our clients will benefit from this database extension.

“Our customers can now set-up more efficient patent monitorings in original Chinese language or English language. From now on they can as well execute more accurate prior art searches or FTO analysis in order to identify actionable insights in their daily business”, says Viktor Rudolf.

By offering high-quality translations, our customers can now mitigate the risk of losing important information about their competitors as well as ensure they do not miss out an important patent application in their patent monitoring’s processes.

Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive and trusted translated data. With the addition of the Chinese full-text data, IamIP has strongly increased the full-text coverage of its database. Now customers will have automatic access and can review technical content found in over 28 million Chinese patent documents.

To learn how IAMIP enables innovation by collaboration, or to compare the quality of your Chinese machine translations book a demo, click here.

My name is Dimitris Giannoccaro, I support technology-driven companies to unleash the power of patents.