A new WIPO report shows that in 2012 global patent filings increased at their strongest rate in nearly two decades as industrial-design registration notched its best-ever rate of growth. Intellectual property (IP) filings have sharply rebounded since a 2009 decline at the height of the financial crisis.

The report shows patent filings grew by 9.2% (2.35 million applications filed) in 2012, utility model (UM) filings by 23.4%, industrial design by 17%, and trademark filings by 6.0%.

The 2013 edition of the World Intellectual Property Indicators also shows that for the first time, China tops the ranking for both the filings and the filed in China for the four types of IP (patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs).

Patents and Utility Models

Filing behavior in Europe showed mixed trends. For example, the European Patent Office (EPO, +4%), the offices of Germany (+3.2%) and the United Kingdom (UK, +4.4%) witnessed growth. In contrast, the offices of France (-0.7%) and Italy (-4.2%) received fewer applications in 2012 than in 2011.

More information: http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/es/articles/2013/article_0028.HTML

(Source: World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO)