WIPO has recently released statistics on patent, trademark and design applications for 2015. These figures showed a marked increase in all applications in comparison with 2014.
Applications filed in 2014 (in millions)
Industrial designs: 853,500
Applications filed in 2015 (in millions)
Industrial designs: 872,800
Growth rate %
Industrial designs: 2.3
The Chinese Patent and Trademark Office was the winner in all categories with 1,101,864 patent applications, 2.83 trademark class applications* and 569,059 industrial design applications.
The number of patent applications filed at the Chinese Patent Office amounted to almost as many applications as the next three offices combined, i.e. the U.S. (589,410), Japan (318,721) and the Republic of Korea (213,694).
An estimated 6 million trademark applications covering 8.4 million classes were filed globally in 2015.(Certain trademark offices have a single class system which requires the applicant to file a separate trademark application for each class while other trademark offices have a multiclass system requiring one single trademark application covering all classes.) The U.S. (517,297) and the EU (366,383) were second and third respectively as far as trademark applications were concerned. 78% of trademark applications were filed by applicants seeking trademark protection in their resident country.
Global industrial design applications grew by 2.3% following a decrease in 2014. China was once again he winner with 569,059 applications followed by the EUIPO (98,162) and Republic of Korea (72,458).
9.4% of applications related to designs for furnishings, followed by clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7%).
According to Verisign statistics, at the end of the first quarter of 2016, 326.4 million domain names were in existence worldwide. Approximately 26 million domain names were registered during 2015 with a 9% increase over 2014. The most popular domain names are “.com” with 124 million, “.tk” (27 million) and “.cn” (20 million).
As well as the increases in patent, trademark, design and domain name applications, the number of counterfeit items seized across the EU in 2015 was also up by 15% compared to 2014 according to new figures released by the European Commission. More than 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights were detained at the EU’s external borders.
China was the principal originating country for counterfeit goods (41%) followed by Montenegro and Hong Kong.
Cigarettes accounted for the highest number of articles detained (27%) while food and beverages, toiletries, medicines, toys and household electrical goods accounted for another 25% of the total.