World champion of trademark applications - China’s latest business and technology news - SupChina

World champion of trademark applications – China’s latest business and technology news


Tencent, China’s most powerful internet company, filed 4,100 global trademark applications in 2016, according to (paywall) the Financial Times. The company is behind China’s most popular social and messaging app, WeChat, and with a market value currently at around $106.18 billion, is often at the top of brand rankings in China. Other Chinese technology conglomerates such as LeEco and Alibaba were also among the list of top 20 trademark applicants, with 2,200 and 1,700 applications, respectively. The FT says that in November 2016, “China became the first country to secure more than one million patent applications in a single year — a record the World Intellectual Property Organization said reflected ‘extraordinary’ levels of innovation.”


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Jia Guo

Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.