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China drives growth in IP filings - WIPO's latest report in numbers



James Nurton, London


WIPO has published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report with global data on patent, trade mark and design filings in 2015. Here are the key figures at a glance

China drives patent growth


  • There were nearly 2.9 million patent applications in 2015 (an annual increase of 7.8%) and 1.24 million granted patents
  • China ranked top for applications, with just over 1 million filings, followed by the US and Japan
  • However, US-based innovators filed the most applications abroad (237,961, a 6% increase)
  • The top five offices (SIPO, USPTO, JPO, KIPO and EPO) accounted for 82.5% of global patent filings
  • Applications in China rose by 18.7%
  • Chinese innovators filed 42,154 applications abroad, roughly comparable to those from France
  • China granted 359,316 patents, passing the USPTO as the largest issuing office
  • About 10.6 million patents were in force worldwide in 2015


Record rises in trade marks


  • Trade mark applications in 2015 rose 15.3% to just under 6 million (covering 8.4 million classes)
  • China (class count 2.83 million) was by far the top market for  applications, with the US ranked second (517,297)
  • There were about 4.4 million registrations covering 6.2 million classes worldwide (a 26.6% increase on 2014)


What's popular in designs?


  • Industrial design applications were up 2.3% to 872,800 (covering 1.1 million designs)
  • About half of the total (569,059) were filed in China
  • EUIPO ranked second with 98,162 applications
  • The most popular category for design applications was furnishings (9.4%) followed by clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7%)
  • Worldwide registrations increased by 21.3% compared to 2014


Read more about the WIPI report on the dedicated page on WIPO's website.


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