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China leading in international patent applications

Asia dominates patent statistics 2019 of the World Intellectual Property Organization - Rising application figures for patents, trademarks and designs

Geneva. In 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has once again recorded rising application figures for patents, trademarks and designs. The number of patent applications rose by 5.2 per cent year-on-year to a total of 265 800. 64 400 trademark applications (+ 5.7 per cent) and 21 807 design applications (+ 10.4 per cent) were also received by WIPO.

Deutschland bei Designs ganz vorne

International  patent applications 2019

International patent applications 2019

Asian applicants dominate the statistics for patent applications. At 52.4 per cent, more than half of all applications were received from Asia. China overtook the USA and leads the country ranking with 58,990 applications. The USA now ranks second (57 840) ahead of Japan (52 660). Germany is in 4th place with 19,353 applications.
For trade marks, the USA leads the statistics with 10 087 applications. Germany (7 700) and China (6 339) follow. For designs, Germany is in first place (4 487), ahead of the Republic of Korea (2 736) and Switzerland (2 178).

With reference to the current corona crisis, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that the expected recession of the world economy would probably also have an impact on international property right applications. Declining figures are expected for trademarks in particular. The extent of the recession and the resulting decline could not yet be foreseen.

Further information is available on the WIPO website.

Picture: WIPO

Last updated: 26 May 2020 

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