According to the 2013 report on the World Intellectual Property Indicators from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), patent filings grew by 9.2% (2.35 million applications filed) in 2012. Utility model, industrial designs and trade mark filings have also increased in this period. As the WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said “following the 2009 financial crisis, global intellectual property (IP) filings and global economic output have followed diverging paths”.
The report shows that patent filings grew by 9.2% in 2012, “representing the fastest growth recorded in the past 18 years”. The increase was mainly due to strong growth in filings at the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO). In fact, in 2012 China was at the top of the ranking for the four types of IP (patents, utility models, trade marks and industrial designs).
In this year's edition, there is also a special section on the migration patterns of researchers, using information gathered from the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications.
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