For the seventh year in a row, WIPO’s filing systems show appetite for international intellectual property (IP) has grown.
As the global forum for IP policy and services, WIPO administers a number of systems designed make it easier for applicants to file in foreign countries. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally, while the Madrid System is a one stop solution for registering and managing trade marks worldwide and the Hague System for industrial designs.
In 2016 PCT applications grew by 7.3% to 233,000. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Digital communication, Computer technology and Electrical machinery, apparatus and energy were the most popular fields to file in. At 1,835 filings, Australia places just outside the top ten filing countries in position 13.
In trade marks, however, a 6.1% rise in applications via the Madrid System places Australia in at the ninth largest user. The real star of the Madrid Systems filings was China with 68.6% growth, which more than supports their shift from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created in China’.
“In an interlinked, knowledge-based global economy, creators and innovators are increasingly relying on intellectual property to promote and protect their competitive edge around the world,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.
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