2013 was a record year for international patent filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that in 2013 the number of international patent applications surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time. International trademark and industrial design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels. The United States of America and China were mainly responsible for driving the record-level patent-filing activity.

The total number of patent applications filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2013 was 205,300, representing 5.1% growth compared with 2012. The United States of America saw double digit growth in PCT filings and together with China accounted for 56% and 29% of the total PCT growth, respectively.

With 57,239 applications in 2013, the US exceeded its previous filing peak of 54,046 applications reached prior to the global financial crisis in 2007. China surpassed Germany to become the third largest user of the PCT system, with Japan as the second-highest user.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry noted ‘The new records in international IP filings attest to the importance of intellectual property in the global innovation ecosystem’.

The full announcement along with detailed statistics may be found at the WIPO website.