IP data provides an important lens across the state of the economy and how it is changing. In 2021, record numbers of patents, trade marks and designs were filed in Australia.
Patent applications increased 11% on 2020, with filings from Australian residents up 25%.
Trade mark applications grew 9%. Trade mark registrations rose 10%, driven by a 15% increase in resident filings.
Design applications rose 13%, the steepest year-on-year growth this decade. Design certifications were up 38%.
Applications for PBRs fell 6%, likely reflecting the continued impacts of drought, Australia’s devastating bushfires in 2019–20, COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures.