China Wins Over US On Key Patents Rivals  

According to the Nikkei study, Chinese companies have overtaken US rivals in the tech patents race by filing more applications in 9 of 10 categories. China takes the lead in 2017, accounting for 49 percent of total applications. Besides AI and blockchain, it enjoyed benefits in patent applications for drones, cybersecurity, virtual reality, autonomous driving, lithium-ion batteries, and regenerative medicine.

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