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The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released statistics about patents, utility models, designs, trade marks and geographical indications at a press conference on 10 July 2018. This was the first time for SIPO to also include trade marks and geographical indications in its official statistics.
Following the approval of a restructuring plan by China's National People's Congress in March 2018, SIPO now also handles trade marks (formerly administered by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, SAIC) and geographical indications (formerly handled by the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, AQSIQ).
In the first half of 2018, China had 751,000 patent applications, 3.586 million trade mark applications and 10 new applications for protection of geographical indications.