china drives international patent applications to record heights; demand rising for trademark and industrial design protection
china moved into the second position as a source of international patent applications filed via wipo in 2017, closing in on long-time leader united states of america, in another record year in the use of wipo's intellectual property servicesfor patents, trademarks and industrial designs.
two chinese technology companies were the top filers of international patent applications in 2017, with huawei (number one filer) and zte (number two) followed by intel, mitsubishi and qualcomm.
japan posted strong growth in 2017 but was nosed out of the second position by china, which at current trends is projected to overtake the u.s. within three years as the largest source of applications filed under wipo’s patent cooperation treaty (pct) – a system that has helped to spread innovation worldwide since it began operations 40 years ago.
overall, inventors from around the world filed 243,500 international patent applications via wipo, 4.5% more than the previous year – driven by strong growth from china and japan. demand grew by 5% for wipo’s international trademark filing service (the madrid system), which saw 56,200 applications, while the number of industrial designs handled by wipo’s hague system for the international registration of industrial designs grew by 3.8% to reach 19,429 designs contained in international applications. this marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for all three wipo filing systems.