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US and China Drive International Patent Filing Growth in Record-Setting Year


The United States of America and China drove record-level patent-filing activity via WIPO in 2013 as the number of annual international patent applications surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time. International trademark and industrial-design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels.

Global Patent Filings See Fastest Growth in 18 Years


A new WIPO report shows that in 2012 global patent filings increased at its strongest rate in nearly two decades as industrial-design registration notched its best-ever rate of growth. Intellectual property (IP) filings have sharply rebounded since a 2009 decline at the height of the financial crisis.

Global IP Filings Continue to Grow, China Tops Global Patent Filings


A new WIPO report shows that while the global economy continued to underperform, intellectual property (IP) filings worldwide kept growing strongly in 2011. It also finds that China’s patent office became the largest in the world, as measured by the number of patent applications received. Before 2011, China already accounted for most filings of utility models (UMs), trademarks and industrial designs.

International Design System sees Record Growth in 2010


International design activity saw strong growth in 2010 with WIPO receiving 2,382 applications under the 57-member Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, or a 32.6% increase over the previous year. The number of registered designs that were filed by applicants from the following countries increased significantly in 2010 compared to 2009: Germany (+31%), Switzerland (+42%), Turkey (+108%), Austria (+48%), Spain (541%), and Luxembourg (+271%). Similarly, international design registrations grew by 31.8% with a total 2,216 registrations in 2010.

Member States Simplify International Design Registration System


Member states moved on September 24, 2009 to simplify the international design registration system by suspending the earliest of the three Acts that govern the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs. This decision will streamline the administration of the Treaty, which offers the possibility to protect designs in several countries by filing one single application (in one language with one set of fees in one currency - Swiss francs). The Hague system also simplifies the subsequent management of industrial design rights.

Designers from all OAPI Countries to Benefit from Fee Reductions


Designers from the sixteen member states of the African Intellectual Property Organization (known by its French acronym OAPI - Organisation africaine de la propriété intellectuelle) will, from January 1, 2009, benefit from a 90% reduction in fees prescribed under the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, an international treaty administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that helps designers acquire protection for their designs in multiple countries. This decision was taken by WIPO member states who are meeting in Geneva from September 22 to 30, 2008 on the occasion of their annual Assemblies.

WIPO Welcomes Accession by OAPI to Key Industrial Designs Treaty


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, welcomed the accession by the African Intellectual Property Organization (known by its French acronym OAPI - Organisation africaine de la propriété intellectuelle) to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs on June 16, 2008. The Geneva Act is one of the three treaties that govern the Hague System for the international registration of industrial designs and offer businesses in all participating countries a simple, affordable and efficient way of obtaining and maintaining their industrial designs portfolios.

WIPO Welcomes Accession by EC to Key Industrial Designs Treaty


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, welcomed the accession by the European Community (EC) to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, which offers businesses in all participating countries a simple, affordable and efficient way of obtaining and maintaining their industrial designs.

WIPO Co-Organizes Exhibition with Swiss Watch Industry Federation in Geneva


An exhibition co-organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Swiss Watch Industry Federation (FH) entitled "Creators in Perpetual Motion," which highlights the evolution of the watch industry and the ever-increasing importance of intellectual property to that sector, will open at the Hotel Crowne Plaza in Geneva on September 24 .

WIPO Hosts Exhibition on Italian Design


A unique exhibition spanning 50 years of Italian design featuring items from the prestigious Compasso d'Oro ADI collection will open at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on September 26, 2005, coinciding with the opening day of the annual session of the WIPO Assemblies.

WIPO Director General Opens International Conference on Design


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, on Thursday, May 13, 2004, opened an international conference on design at which keynote speakers underlined the importance of design protection for businesses in securing a competitive edge in an increasingly globalized marketplace. Keynote speakers at the conference, jointly organized by WIPO, the Ministry of Productive Activities of Italy and the City of Venice.

Italy and WIPO Host International Conference on Design


An international conference organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Italian Government at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice on May 13 and 14, 2004, will bring together representatives from the private and public sector to discuss the importance of intellectual property protection to design-related industries.

WIPO Publishes Guide on Industrial Designs for Business


Entrepreneurs, designers and small and medium-sized businesses can now consult a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) publication that explains, using concrete examples, how industrial designs can be used to further strategic business goals. The guide, entitled "Looking Good: An Introduction to Industrial Designs for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises"seeks to promote better understanding of how industrial designs can help companies differentiate and customize products for specific market segments, create a new niche market and strengthen their brand image.

International System for Registration of Industrial Designs Set to Expand


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, welcomed the accession by Spain to the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, a landmark agreement that will enhance and broaden the geographical scope of the existing system for the international registration of industrial designs.

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