According to the numbers page on China’s State IP Office (SIPO) website, in 2013 the office examined 355,000 patent applications and made 208,000 grants. Apparently, it takes SIPO 22.2 months to process an invention patent application from submission to final decision, which on the face of it makes it one of the world’s more efficient issuing authorities.  That said, the numbers page also reports that in 2013 SIPO received 825,000 invention patent applications, which does make you wonder whether the current time it takes to get to grant can be maintained.

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