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Asian Applicants Filed more than Half of all International Patent Applications in 2018

The World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) announced that, for the first time, more than half of all international patent applications were filed by Asian applicants in 2018. At a country level, US-based inventors filed the most applications, followed closely by China and Japan. For more information, see the announcement by WIPO.

WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) passed a record-breaking quarter-million (253,000) filing mark in 2018, a 3.9% increase over 2017, while WIPO’s Madrid System saw 61,200 international trademark applications, a 6.4% increase. WIPO’s Hague System for industrial designs saw 3.7% growth in 2018, reaching 5,404 applications.


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