China’s patent surge has been evident for years. In October, Thomson Reuters issued a research report, forecasting that China would surpass the United States in patent filings in 2011. “It’s happening even faster than we expected,” said Bob Stembridge, an intellectual-property analyst at Thomson Reuters.
Here's a link to an English translation of the original Chinese Government's IP development strategy document.
It looks like they are going for quantity, which is not necessarily a bad idea during a period of rapid growth.
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