GENEVA | China again tops UN agency’s ranking of top patent filers

GENEVA  | China again tops UN agency’s ranking of top patent filers

GENEVA — A U.N. agency says China has issued the most international patent applications for an eighth straight year, showing the country’s heft in intellectual property amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s accusation that the growing Asia power steals it.

The World Intellectual Property Organization said Monday that innovators around the world filed a record 3.17 million patents last year, an annual increase of nearly 6 percent.

China’s IP office took in a record 1.38 million patent applications in 2017.

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