Global Intellectual Property Filings Up in 2013; China Drives Patent Application Growth

Global patent filings extended a run of strong annual increases in 2013, underpinned by double-digit growth in China where about a third of the world’s 2.6 million patent applications were filed, followed by the United States of America and Japan as the next-largest recipients. Trademark applications rose to nearly 5 million, also driven by strong demand in China. Amid an uneven pace of global economic recovery, filings also increased for industrial designs and utility models in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, according to the 2014 edition of the World Intellectual Property Indicators, a benchmark report that gathers data on intellectual property rights from more than 100 countries.