Russian Trademark and Design Filing Activity Grows in 2019
The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) latest annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report for 2020, which collects and analyzes IP data from 2019 from around 150 national and regional intellectual property offices around the world, notes that while the number of patent applications in Russia decreased by 6.4%, the country’s trademark filing activity (measured in application class counts) increased by 16.5% compared to 2018, with the double-digit growth being overwhelmingly driven by resident filing activity.
In fact, the Russian IPO accounted for 5.2% of the annual increase in global trademark filing activity. Russia also moved up one spot, from 9th to 8th, on the list of top 20 offices in 2019 by trademark filing activity. The Russian IPO was also among only three offices in the world which experienced double-digit growth in industrial design applications – they grew by 22% compared to 2018.
In 2019, trademark and industrial design filing activity increased globally by 5.9% and 1.3%, respectively. Global patent applications declined 3%, for the first time in a decade, driven by a drop in filings in China. Excluding China, global patent filings rose 2.3% – the highest growth rate in years.
In March of this year, WIPO published its preliminary statistics for 2020. According to these figures, international (PCT) patent fillings increased in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, international trademark applications dipped slightly, while a substantial decrease was noted for international industrial design applications.
Prepared by: Djurdja Krivokapić
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Source: World Intellectual Property Indicators 2020
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