Record International Trademark and Design Filings in 2011
2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under the “Madrid System” managed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), with a 6.5 % increase of applications compared to 2010. Applications from the member states of the European Union (EU) accounted for more than half (57.4%) of all international trademark applications, and China remained the most designated country for trademark protection.
International registrations recorded in the International Trademark Register increased by 8.5%, with a total of 40,711 new registrations issued in 2011.
International design activity also grew in 2011, with WIPO receiving 2,521 applications under the “Hague System”, i.e. a 5.7% increase over the previous year.
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