Some positive industry news in a year of challenge!
WIPO has now published its annual report showing a 5.9% global increase in trade mark filing activity in 2019.
IP offices in Asia received the highest numbers of trade mark applications (71%) of the world total. Indeed, in 2019, some 43% of all active trade mark registrations in the world were in China. The surge in Iranian trade mark applications was also interesting to see.
The full facts and figures from the report can be viewed here.
It estimated that 11.5 million trade mark applications covering 15.2 million classes were filed worldwide in 2019. China ranked first, with a class count of 7.8 million, followed by the United States, Japan, Iran and the EUIPO.