Geneva
07 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

China world’s top trademark filer in 2016


China was the world’s top trademark filer in 2016, with the country accounting for 3.7 million applications out of an estimated global total of 7 million.

According to a report from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), ‘World Intellectual Property Indicators’, China was responsible for 75 percent of the year on year increase in trademark applications in 2016.

The amount of trademark applications increased by 16.4 percent in 2016.

The US was the next biggest filed with 545,587 filings, closely followed by Japan with 451,320 applications.

China also accounted for the most active trademark registrations worldwide, with 12.4 million trademarks active in China, out of a global total of 39.1 million.

WIPO director general, Francis Gurry, commented: “The latest figures charting a rise in demand for intellectual property rights confirm a decade-long trend, where developments in China increasingly leave their mark on the worldwide totals.”

He said: "China is increasingly amongst the leaders in global innovation and branding."

China was also the top patent filer in 2016.

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