The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently released their annual report, IP Facts and Figures, 2015 based off their more comprehensive release, World Intellectual Property Indicators, 2015. This most recent indicator serves as a quick reference guide for four different areas of industrial property, including patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial design.
Some highlights from this report are highlighted below:
Overall, global filing activity for patents and trademarks grew in 2014, representing the fifth year that applications have increased for these IP rights. 2.7 million patent applications were filed worldwide in 2014, up from 4.5% in 2013. Trademark filings rose by 6%, similar to the growth rate seen in the previous two years.
Of the estimated 10.2 million patents in force in 2014, 25% were in the United States, followed by 19% in Japan. In China, the number of patents in force doubled from about 600,000 in 2010 to 1.2 million in 2014.
In 2014, a total of 33.1 million trademarks were active in 124 offices worldwide. China accounted for most trademarks, with about 8.4 million. The US and Japan were a close second and third with 1.85 and 1.8 million respectively.