Thursday, August 4, 2011

Busy Asian patent examiners

Who is the busiest patent examiner in Asia? Probably someone at SIPO in China given the huge filing volume there. In South East Asia's emerging markets, it appears to be an examiner in Thailand as this chart shows. Thailand seems to have far fewer examiners to cope with the volume of patents than his or her colleagues in Malaysia and Indonesia who have a similar volume of patents filed per year. 50-100 patents per examiner seems to be the average volume handled in most countries. But Thailand is seeing a boom in applications as PCT designations start to arrive.

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