The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) recently released figures indicating strong growth in demand for intellectual property rights in 2012.

International patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) grew by 6.6% on 2011. International trademark applications under the Madrid system grew by 4.1% and international industrial design applications under the Hague system grew by 3.3%.

In patents, the United States and Japan continue to dominate international patent filings with some 49% of the 194,400 PCT applications filed in 2012.

Director General Francis Gurry noted, ‘As in previous years, demand for WIPO’s international IP filing systems increased despite a weak economic climate. 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.’

The full press release may be found at the WIPO website