The total number of patents applied throughout the world last year was 2.57 milion, up 9 percent from the previous year. The countries with the highest number of patent applications were China, the United States, Japan, Korea, and the EU. The World Intellectual Property Organization said on December 16 in its “World Intellectual Property Indicators 2014” that China accounted for 32.1 percent, or 825,136 cases, of all patents applied in the world. It was then followed by the United States with 22.3 percent (571,612), Japan (12.7%, 328,436), Korea (7.9%, 204,589), and the EU (5.7%, 147,987).
The patent organization added that the number of trademarks, industrial designs, and plant varieties increased 6.4 percent, 2.5 percent, and 6.3 percent, respectively from the previous year. The growth of non-patent IP filings rose in countries like China, the United States, and Korea but decreased in Japan and the EU.
As for the number of IP filings for each national patent office, China (26.4%), Australia (12.7%), and Korea (8.3%) saw their numbers soar for the year while other offices in countries like Japan (-4.2%), Italy (-1.1%), Spain (-6.6%), Britain (-1.3%) experienced their IP filing numbers dwindle.
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