According to latest statistics, China received a total of 828,328 patent applications in 2008. Of which, 717,144 were domestic patent applications, accounting for 86.6 percent of the total number of applications. Of all received domestic patent applications, the number of invention patent applications reached 194,579, up 27.1 percent from the previous year. In 2008, China authorized a total of 411,982 patents. Of these, the number of China’s domestic patents stood at 352,406, accounting for 85.5 percent of the total and an increase of 16.8 percent compared with the previous year. By the end of 2008, China had cumulatively received 4,853,506 patent applications, of which, it authorized 2,501,268.