The TIPO received 18,033 trademark applications in Q1 2016, an increase of 3.76% compared to the same period last year.  Among foreign applicants, mainland China ranked first with 1,110 applications (+31.05%), followed by the U.S. (966 applications, +8.78%), Japan (879 applications, +9.74%), Hong Kong (361 applications, +13.52%) and South Korea (317 applications, +11.62%).