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IP filings surge ahead of economic growth

Simon Crompton, London

Patent and trade mark filings rose 7.2% and 11.8% respectively in 2010, far ahead of global GDP growth at 5.1%, according to WIPO’s annual statistics report

Much of this increase is due to China, whose patent applications rose 24.3% and trade mark applications 29.8%. Without China, the rise in patent numbers almost halves to 3.7%.

But the recovery from 2009 is still impressive – using the same ex-China model, patent filings fell almost 6% that year. "The strength of IP growth around the world was unexpected given the still stuttering economy," said senior WIPO statistical analyst Mosahid Khan.

"We were particularly surprised at how strong...

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