We have recently released our fifth annual U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator Report. To download a complete copy of the Indicator, please click here. This has become a definitive resource in the industry for identifying the trends having the greatest impact on the foreign filing strategies of U.S. patentees.
Please read on for key trends and findings from this year’s report:
- Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) use has remained steady – Almost all (96%) of respondents used the PCT for some or all of their filings in 2013.
- IP budgets are increasing – Only 33% of respondents are working on a reduced IP budget this year, compared to nearly two-thirds of respondents from three years ago.
- Outsourcing on the rise – More companies outsourced their foreign patent filing needs in 2013 compared to last year (nearly 10% in 2012 and growing to over 15% in 2013).
“We are pleased and excited to share the results of this year’s 2014 IP Trends Indicator,” Justin Simpson, Founder of inovia, recently remarked. “Since we started publishing this report over five yeras ago, much has changed in the way of outsourcing IP and foreign filing services. For the first time in years, IP budgets are increasing and the outlook for the future is positive.”