WIPO’s 2012 IP Facts & Figures

As part of their Economics and Statistics Series, WIPO released the annual “IP Facts and Figures” report this month, highlighting global intellectual property trends for their latest available year of statistics. The report analyzes four types of industrial property: patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs. It is important to note that, with a few exceptions, most of the data references trends up to 2010. We found several positive takeaways from the figures this year and compiled a shortlist for you. All facts and images presented in this article are attributed to WIPO.

  • IP filings (globally) rose in all four categories from 2009 to 2010. (See below)
    • Trademark applications by 7.8%
    • Patent applications by 7.2%
    • Industrial designs by 14%
    • Utility models by 24.3%
  • Asian offices received about half of all patent applications worldwide, with North America accounting for about 25% of applications received. A similar story is shown for trademark filings, as Asia received about 42% of the world’s applications. European countries ranked closely behind receiving over 35% of global trademarks filed. (See below)
WIPO graphs
  • In 2010, the top 15 offices received “over 90% of the estimated 1.98 million total patent applications filed worldwide.” The three top spots, which held steady from 2008 to 2010, were the United States, China, and Japan accounting for about 62% of all patents filed globally. While the U.S. filed almost 500,000 applications in 2010, China proved to dominate in growth with a 24.3% increase in filings over the last recorded year. (See below)
WIPOs top 15 patent offices 2012

WIPO reported that international applications saw growth for the second straight year with an increase of 11% from 2010 to 2011. Notably, the statistics show that 54% of all patent applications received abroad arrived via the PCT system; about 182,000 PCT’s were filed last year. These numbers are encouraging and indicate that the system is an effective alternative to direct filing. 

Want more? Check out the entire report here and please share your thoughts on this data below!


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