Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A World of Innovation

2012 World Intellectual Property Indicators Report

A useful source for data on global patent, trademark, and industrial design filings is the World Intellectual Property Indicators report. The 2012 report is now available.

The report pulls together annual statistics from intellectual property offices across the globe, offering analysis, trends, and a snapshot of our innovative world.

Published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), highlights from the 2012 report include:

  • Worldwide, there were more than two million patent filings in 2011
  • China received 526,412 patent applications in 2011 and for the first time, more patents were filed at the patent office of China than at any other office in the world
  • The Japan Patent Office granted the largest number of patents at 238,323, followed by the United States with 224,505, and China with 172,113
  • Nike shoe design registered with the European Union OHIM
  • Among the top industrial design filers in the clothing and fashion industry is Nike International, with 319 applications filed with the European Union OHIM (the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market)

The 2012 report includes a useful glossary, a list of abbreviations, and detailed statistical tables. WIPO offers statistical data at www.wipo.int/ipstats.

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