Israel, like most of the developed world, suffered a tremendous drop in PCT applications, with the Israel receiving office reporting a drop of 29% between 2008 and 2009. China, however, has announced a rise of 18% in PCT filings, and over a million China patent applications filed at the SIPO in 2009. Israel is still filing more applications per head of population than China, but so what?
One wonders how China will ensure quality examination of this huge number. Time will tell.