China Ranks 17 in the 2018 Global Innovation Index

September 18, 2018
Editor: Xie Wen

According to the recently released Global Innovation Index (GII) rankings, China claimed 17th place among the economies in the world, which also indicated women's prominently increased participation in innovation and creation.

The theme of World Intellectual Property Day in 2018 is "Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creation." According to the latest statistics, in total, 31 percent of the approximately 224,000 international patent applications published by the WIPO in 2017 were registered by women, compared with 23 percent a decade ago.

Among the applications, the proportion of women listed as inventors in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and chemistry is at its highest level. Francis Gurry, the director-general of the WIPO, pointed out that although a pronounced gender gap still exists, the latest data shows a positive trend and underlines the theme of the WIPO this year.

On the GII rankings recently released by Cornell University, the European Institute of Business Administration, and, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Switzerland continues to take the lead, followed by the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the United States, Finland, Denmark, Germany and Ireland.

The GII is a detailed quantitative tool that helps government decision makers around the world better understand how to spur innovation activities to drive economic growth and human development.

The GII ranked 126 economies based on 80 indicators, covering all aspects of innovation, including the intellectual property application rates, mobile app development, education spending and scientific publications.

The evaluation of China this year is a breakthrough for economies that are rapidly transforming under the government's policy guidelines for research and development. Among them, China ranked top in terms of researchers, number of patent applications, and scientific publications.

(Source: Translated and edited by Women of China)

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