The wide range of science & technology policies implemented and adjusted in the past three decades in China has had a direct impact on the outcomes that apply to innovation. These policies have effectively advanced the development of an innovation ecosystem; they have also brought about an educated workforce of significant size, laying a solid foundation for the future development of innovation capacity in the country.
The country’s domestic patent applications have grown rapidly, with an average rate of approximately 17.5 percent in recent years. Since 2012 China has become first in the Global Innovation Index indicator for the number of total domestic patent applications; it has also been first in the indicator for domestic resident utility model applications for all years from 2011 through 2014.
-- World Intellectual Property Organization