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Chinese Patent Bar Applicants Hits New High in 2021 – Over 50,000 People Applied to Take the Exam

According to announcement on September 2, 2021 from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the total number of online applications for the 2021 Chinese patent bar was 50,425, a year-on-year increase of 4.63%; the number of applicants who passed the qualification review and completed payment was 47,573, a year-on-year increase of 4.99%.  This compares with 1,616 applicants in 2020 for the U.S. patent bar exam.

Figure 4 from CNIPA’s report on the patent industry in 2020 shows the registration status for the patent bar exam (Patent Attorney Qualification Examination) from 2011 to 2020. The number of applicants for the Patent Attorney Qualification Examination has been increasing annually in contrast to the 51% decline in the U.S. from a peak in 2012.  


USPTO Patent Bar Exam Statistics

No word yet if any foreigners have registered for the exam.

The full text of the announcement is available here.

© 2021 Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 246
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Aaron Wininger IP Attorney China Portfolio Development
Director of China Intellectual Property Law Practice Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Schwegman’s Director of China Intellectual Property. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks (wired and wireless), lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.

Aaron prosecutes both Chinese and U.S. trademarks. He has also drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications in a broad spectrum of areas, including computer hardware and software,...

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