International filings for patents, trade marks and industrial designs under World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)-administered intellectual property (IP) systems saw continued strong growth in 2012.
In 2012, international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew by 6.6% compared to 2011. Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 48.8% of the 194,400 PCT applications filed in 2012.
International trade mark applications filed under the Madrid system grew by 4.1% in 2012. France, Germany and the US accounted for 36.5% of the 44,018 Madrid applications filed in 2012.
International industrial design applications filed under the Hague system grew by 3.3% on 2011. The 2,604 applications filed in 2012 contained 12,454 individual designs, representing a 3.5% growth over 2011. France, Germany and Switzerland accounted for 62.8% of total designs.
“As in previous years, demand for WIPO’s international IP filing systems increased despite a weak economic climate,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “As we begin to see signs of a recovery, those companies that built strong portfolios of intangible assets during the downturn will benefit the most from new market opportunities.”
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