Last week, the EE Times published a piece of research headlined “China’s chip patent growth may be short lived”. Drawing on information collected by IFI Claims Patent Services, it looks at State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) filings by Chinese entities, and calls attention to the fact that with grants growing more quickly than applications, the domestic industry’s generation of intellectual property at home may be plateauing. The prospect of slowing chip patenting in China raises the question of whether companies might increasingly turn to third party patent acquisitions to fuel the chip industry growth that seems so high on the agenda of government planners.

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