The total number of patents issued in 2016 in China increased 24% to over 1.2 million.  Patent lawsuits in China were recently reported to have increased by 37% to 28,916 in 2016 when compared with 2015 figures.  Patent lawsuits related to counterfeit goods increased by 32% to 28,057 in 2016.

The surge in patent disputes in China coincides with Beijing’s five year plan to strengthen intellectual property rights by increasing patents per 10,000 people from 6.3 to 12 and increasing patent royalties from $44.4 billion to $100 billion from 2015 to 2020.