The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published a new report revealing that worldwide trademark and industrial design-creation activity rose in 2019 even as the number of global patent applications dipped slightly on weaker demand in IP China.
Furthermore, the report shows that trademark and industrial design filing activity increased by 5.9% and 1.3% respectively. A 3% decline in global patent applications, the first fall in a decade, was driven by a drop in filings by Chinese residents. Excluding China, global patent filings rose 2.3%.
The annual WIPI report collects and analyses IP data from some 150 national and regional offices to inform policy makers, business leaders, investors, academics, and others seeking macro trends in innovation and creativity.
Read the WIPO News release.