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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...

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