IP filings surge ahead of economic growth
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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