Spending on researched reached 1.97 percent of China's gross domestic product in 2012, Xinhua reported Friday.
That's a jump from 1.84 percent of the GDP in 2011 and 1.75 percent in 2010.
As a result, patents issued in 2012 from both domestic and foreign offices jumped 26.1 percent to 217,105, the State Intellectual Property Office said.
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