In 2021，The city has a talent pool of 3.35 million talents including 320,000 high-end talents, 824,000 high-skilled professionals. The total number of entrepreneurial talents selected into the National Major Talent Project has ranked first in the country for 9 consecutive years.
122 new candidates are selected into provincial “Double Innovation talent” this year，making the total of 1236 in an accumulative manner.
Su zhou is building its brand of "Come to Suzhou to shine your talent" and implementing its program of Leading Talent Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Gusu. International Elite Entrepreneurship Week and Suzhou Scientist Day were successfully held. Furthermore, Suzhou embraced 3 more academicians to work in the city in 2021. 7 top talents and major innovative talent teams have been introduced to the city. The number of leading talents at or above the municipal level amounted to 645. The number of high-level talents in the city reached 320,000, and that of high-skilled talents reached 824,000.
At the end of 2021, the number of valid patents for invention reached 85,957, increasing by 16.1% compared that of the last year. The number of valid patents for invention owned per 10,000 capita was 66.90, an increase of 8.85 from the previous year. The number of PCT patent application reached 3121 and 4 items won the China Patent Gold Award, accounting for one-tenth of the total in the nation.
The Suzhou branch of the National Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response Guidance Center was set up. The city pioneers in establishing an intellectual property operation association in the country.