Record year for international trade marks

James Nurton, London


International trade marks filed using the Madrid System grew by 6.5% in 2011 to a record 42,270, amid signs that European brand owners’ strategies are changing

International applications based on Community trade marks (CTM) increased by 24.5%, making the EU the top contracting party for the first time, according to WIPO statistics published today.

It overtook Germany, which fell 0.1%. A number of other European countries also saw the number of applications fall sharply, including Italy (down 11%), Austria (down...


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