The figure broke NCAC’s 2015 benchmark of 1.6 million registrations with an increase of 22.33 percent.
Just under 1.6 million registrations in 2016 were related to publications, such as literary works and photographs.
Some 407,774 registrations were related to software, according to NCAC.
Xiaoming Liu, partner at Chofn Intellectual Property, said the numbers reflect “an all-round development of IP protection in China … as the under-developed areas are catching up”.
“The report mentioned that the fastest growth areas are the relatively under-developed southwest and northwest part of China.”
Liu also identified the rapid growth in copyright for computer software, literary works, movies, TV and music as showing the “development of the cultural creativity industry, which was cultivated by many local governments in recent years”.