Source: China Statistical Yearbook,
2003, Table 20-56, p.769.
Patent applications are an indicator
of innovative strength. In absolute numbers, Guangdong province is by
far leading all other regions of China. There are almost twice as many
patent applications in Guangdong than in Shanghai - the province with
the second largest number of applications. Due to its concentration of
research centers, Beijing has the largest number of patent
applications for inventions.