The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently released their annual report, IP Facts and Figures. The study provides an overview of IP activity using the latest available year of statistics. This years publication covers four types of industrial property – patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial design.
Filing activity for patents and trademarks increased last year, representing the fourth year of growth for these two IP rights. An estimated 2.6 million applications were filed (up 9% from the previous year). Utility model applications grew by an even greater margin, primarily because of a significant increase of filings in China – to 18%.
Trademark filings rose by about 6% and industrial design filing activity grew by a marginal 2.5%, significantly less than the 16% recorded increase over the previous year. Download the entire report here for all facts and figures.