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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