In the first quarter of 2013, TIPO received a total of 16,962 trademark applications, 2.21% less than the same period last year. This is because that the applications filed by Taiwanese dropped 2.92% compared to the first quarter of 2012 despite the number of the applications by foreign applicants remained steady. Among the foreign applicants, Japanese ranked first with 891 applications, followed by Americans (873 applications) and mainland Chinese (658 applications).