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China Sees Massive Surge in IP Filings Across the Board

“Data show continued and sustained growth in intellectual property filings, driven primarily by growth from Asia, with other regions mostly on the rise.” – Darren Tan, WIPO

Global IP filings increased by 3.6% in 2021, according to report Published November 21 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This increase occurred during a period of upheaval in the global economy, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic downturn.

The largest increase in patent filings was in Asia, where 67.6% of the world’s patent filings were filed. In the US, filings decreased by 1.2% and trade mark filings increased by 1%.

Trademark filings grew at a much faster rate than patent filings, with trademark filing activity at 5.5%. Industrial design filing activity also increased by 9.2%, once again showing the largest increase in Asia.

China shows high growth rate and leads the world in the number of all indicators.

WIPO Director-General Darren Tan said in a statement, “The strength of IP filings during the pandemic will continue to inspire people around the world to innovate and create, despite the economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic.” indicates that it continues.

Global patent growth fueled by Asia

WIPO has identified three patent offices as the main drivers of the growth in patent filings: China, Korea and the European Patent Office. The total number of patent applications filed worldwide was 3.4 million, surpassing the all-time high of 3.3 million in 2018.

“up to date [World Intellectual Property Indicators] WIPI data show continued and sustained growth in IP filings, driven primarily by growth from Asia, with other regions generally on the rise,” said Tang. increase.

China’s Intellectual Property Office received nearly half of the world’s patent applications, with 1.59 million applications. Asia as a region has experienced a significant increase in patent filings over the past decade, rising from 54.6% of global patent filings in 2011 to 67.6% in 2021.

In recent years, the Chinese government has Increasing focus on improving the country’s domestic patent marketIn October, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) draft On new measures to lower the rating of Chinese patent agencies that approve abnormal or fraudulent patents.

China’s patent market has experienced rapid growth in recent years thanks to government subsidies that encourage patent filing and innovation. However, China’s patent market does not enjoy the best reputation globally and the Chinese government is trying to intervene to increase the value of China’s patent market.

Also notable is that this year, China overtook the United States to become the world leader in patents in force. China holds her 3.6 million patents, followed by the United States with her 3.3 million and Japan with her 2 million.

Remarkable trademark growth

WIPO characterized the 5.5% growth in trademark filings as “remarkable”. Celebrating his 12th anniversary in 2021th For the first year in a row, global trademark filings have increased, with 18 of the top 20 offices showing increased activity.

Trademark offices that have seen significant growth can be grouped into two categories. Trademark Offices with a significant increase in domestic filings and countries with an influx of foreign filings.

High-income countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Canada were more likely to see an increase in foreign trademark filings. In the UK, for example, applications increased by 61.8%, with about half of the applications coming from non-residents.

In contrast, the large increases in filings in Brazil, India and Turkey were primarily due to domestic filings.

Similar to patents, Asia has seen a significant increase in trademark filings over the past decade. Asian trademark offices will account for 69.7% of all filings in 2021, compared to 44.7% in 2011.

Chinese domination

Combined with an increase in patent and trademark filings, China also leads the world in industrial design and plant variety filings.

In 2021, global industrial design filings will grow by 9.2%, with China accounting for 53.2% of the global total. China has the most active design registrations with her 2.6 million, and the US is third only to South Korea.

The UK saw the highest growth in industrial design filings at 128.5%, with the majority of filings by non-residents.

Plant variety applications also increased by 12% globally, with China receiving 44.2% of the world’s applications.

Overall, WIPO was optimistic about the IP market and its future growth. However, the organization’s director also noted that the market is still susceptible to potential economic turmoil in the near future.

“Another recession is looming and geopolitical tensions are rising,” Tan said, likely referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic tensions between the United States and China.

“However, the challenges we face today, such as climate change and the achievements of the United Nations, [Sustainable Development Goals] The SDGs mean we must continue to help innovators and creators use IP systems to bring their ideas to life and create impact that changes our lives for the better. “

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