Launch of World Intellectual Property Indicators – 2015 Edition

WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 provides a wide range of indicators covering the following areas of intellectual property: patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms and plant variety protection.

It draws on data from national and regional IP offices, WIPO and the World Bank.

World IP Indicators 2015

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Infographic

Infographic: Who filed most patents, trademarks and industrial designs in 2014?

2014 IP filings

At a glance: Patent, trademark and industrial design filings in 2014

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Highlights

Video: WIPO Director General Francis Gurry sums up key figures, trends and insights from the Worlds IP Indicators 2015 (on YouTube).

Patents

Main facts and figures

  • Top 5 offices: China, United States of America, Japan, Republic of Korea, European Patent Office
  • Top 5 technology fields: Computer technology, electrical machinery, measurement, digital communication, medical technology
  • Applications: 2.68 million (4.5% increase)
  • Grants: 1.18 million (0.3% increase)
  • In force: 10.2 million
  • Full statistics in the WIPI patents chapter PDF, WIPI 2015, Patent statistics
  • Special section: The top 100 global patent applicants PDF, WIPI 2015, PSpecial section: The top 100 global patent applicants

Key trends

Video: A two minute tour of key patenting trends in 2014 (on YouTube).

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  • Patent data ZIP, Patent data
  • Patent graphs ZIP, Patent graphs
  • Special section data ZIP, Special section data
  • Special section graphs ZIP, Special section graphs

Trademarks

Main facts and figures

  • Top 5 offices: China, United States of America, OHIM (EU Office), France, Japan
  • Top 5 industry sectors: Agriculture, research & technology, clothing, business, health
  • Classes in applications: 7.45 million (6% increase)
  • Classes in registrations: 5.15 million (11.1% increase)
  • Active registrations: 33.1 million

Full statistics in the WIPI trademarks chapter PDF, WIPI 2015, Trademark statistics

Filing activity

Graphic, Trend in trademark applications worldwide (class count)
(Click to enlarge) Trend in trademark applications worldwide (class count).

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  • Trademark data ZIP, Trademark data
  • Trademark graphs ZIP, Trademark graphs

Industrial designs

Main facts and figures

  • Top 5 offices: China, OHIM (EU Office), Republic of Korea, Germany, Turkey
  • Top 5 classes: Furnishing; articles of clothing; graphic symbols and logos; packages and containers for transport; lighting apparatus
  • Designs in applications: 1.1 million (8.1% decrease)
  • Designs in registrations: 865,000 (5.8% decrease)
  • Active registrations: 3.33 million

Full statistics in the WIPI designs chapter PDF, WIPI 2015, Designs statistics

Filing activity

Graphic, Trend in industrial design applications worldwide (design count)
(Click to enlarge) Trend in industrial design applications worldwide (design count).

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  • Industrial design data ZIP, Industrial design data
  • Industrial design graphs ZIP, Industrial design graphs

Plant varieties

Main facts and figures

  • Top 5 offices: CPVO (EU Office), China, United States of America, Ukraine, Japan
  • Applications: 15,600 (3.3% increase)
  • Titles issued: 11,900 (13.3% increase)
  • In force: 106,800

Full statistics in the WIPI plant variety chapter PDF, WIPI 2015, Plant variety statistics

Application growth

Graphic, Trend in plant variety applications worldwide
(Click to enlarge) Trend in plant variety applications worldwide.

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  • Plant variety data ZIP, Plant variety data
  • Plant variety graphs ZIP, Plant variety graphs