IP5 report shows growing popularity of patents
The number of patent applications filed at the five biggest IP offices grew 11% in 2012 to 1.876 million, according to figures published in the latest IP5 Statistics Report
The annual IP5 report – which compiles statistics from the EPO, JPO, KIPO, SIPO and USPTO – also found that:
7.9 million patents were in force in the world at the end of 2011, an increase of 6.6%
1.8 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2011, 92% of which originated from the IP5
923,979 patents were granted by the IP5 offices in 2012, an increase of 17%
The full report is published on the IP5 website.