IPRs on the rise – WIPO Report
18 December, 2013
released the 2013 edition of World Intellectual Property Indicators, earlier
this month. It is based on data from national and regional offices, WIPO,
World Bank and UNESCO. In general, it records that there is a shift in filing
activity from high income to middle income countries. Another interesting
observation is that Asian countries were an important source of inventors.
total number of patents granted exceeded the 1 million mark in 2012. The report
records that patent filings grew by 9.2% in 2012. This is the fastest growth in
the past 18 years. Much of that growth has been powered by China both in terms
of applications by residents as well as applications received, followed by New
Zealand, Mexico and USA. Europe witnessed negative growth in France and Italy
though Germany and UK were positive.
by areas in which filings were made in India, Belgium and Switzerland were into
the field of organic fine chemistry while applications in computer and medical
technologies were mostly by Israel and USA.
In respect of trademarks, China again, along with
Turkey led the list with Mexico and Russian Federation showing significant
increase in class counts. Overall, agriculture and clothing sectors saw largest
number of filings, while in India majority of applications related to health
sector. Russia led the other in industrial design applications and China, Korea
and India showed increase in design counts. The largest number of plant variety
applications was from Netherlands, followed by USA and China.