Today, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported that international trademark applications filed under the Madrid system grew 4% in 2012, with 44,018 total applications filed. Germany was the largest user of the Madrid system with 6,545 applications filed, followed by the US (5,430) and France (4,100).
When you apply for a trademark, you must assign it to a particular goods and services class, as defined by international convention. Your registration is then limited by the goods and services designated in your application.
So which classes were most popular in 2012? Here’s a look at the top 10 from WIPO’s report:
Visit WIPO’s website for the full list.
Registering a trademark in the US
If you’re interested in registering a trademark in the US and are unsure of what class your mark might fall under, try our US trademark search and registration tool. Start by entering your mark and the broad category that applies to it, and our tool will help you identify the relevant class(es). You can also register your mark for a low, flat fee.