Qualified patent agents on the rise

As of May, some 42,000 people had acquired patent agent qualifications across the country. Of them, 17,000 agents are practicing in more than 1,900 agencies, according to a meeting held in Chongqing on June 28 and 29. The meeting attracted some 100 government officials and leaders of the All-China Patent Attorneys Association. The IP agencies nationwide generated 26 billion yuan ($3.9 billion) in total business revenue last year, jumping 71 percent from 2015.

(Source: The State Intellectual Property Office)