WIPO receives record number of international trade mark applications23 March 2017
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) received a record number of international trade mark filings under the Madrid System in 2016 with an increase of 7%, WIPO’s Director of the Law and Legislative Advice Division, Brands and Designs Marcus Höpperger told delegates at our recent Spring Conference.
52,550 applications in total were received, with 15% originating in the US and 14% in Germany. France, with 8% and China 6% were also significant users of the system.
UK applications increased by 10% to 3,014 which makes the UK the seventh most prolific filers. China’s growth was the highest, with a 69% increase.
Austria (-4%), France (-0.4%), South Korea (-0.5%) and Switzerland (-2%) saw filing declines.
Computers and electronics was the most specified class in international applications accounting for 9% of the total, followed by services for business (8%) and technological services (6%).
China (with 22,314 designations), the European Union (21,526) and the U.S. (20,979) were the three most designated members in international Madrid applications. China has been the top designated country since 2006.
UK Intellectual Property Office
The UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has also seen record breaking figures. February 2017 saw the most trade mark filings ever in a single month. The IPO has also recently reached 60,000 trade mark filings in this financial year, and has forecast it will have received 63,000 by the end of the financial year (31st March 2017).