China has gone from being a consumer of technologies to a producer. China's patent applications at the World Intellectual Patent Organisation (WIPO) have recorded double-digit annual growth in every year since 2003, growing 36% last year to become the second biggest source of international patent applications. At current rates, it will overtake the US in three years. Huawei and ZTE were the top filers of patents globally*).
*) the weekly skinny 28th March 2018