World IP Indicators 2015 - Demand for IP rights continued to grow around the globe in 2014

December 2015

WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators 2015 has been published and it 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 more than 100 national and regional IP offices.

It is reported that innovators filed some 2.7 million patent applications worldwide in 2014, up 4.5% from 2013. For each year since 2003, with the exception of 2009, patent applications have grown. Filings in China were the main driver of growth in 2014.  

Trademark applications have almost doubled since 2000. The total number of classes specified in applications reached 7.45 million in 2014, up 6% on 2013. China also drove this growth in filings.

For the first time in more than 20 years, the total number of designs contained in all industrial design applications filed worldwide in 2014 dropped by 8.1% to about 1.14 million in 2014.

Plant variety applications reached a new record in 2014 with around 15,600 filings worldwide. The 3.3% increase in 2014 marks the fourth consecutive year of growth. 

Demand for IP rights continued to grow around the globe in 2014,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “This underscores the central role that new technology and brand recognition play in determining success in today’s marketplace. It also highlights the important task that falls to IP offices in maintaining quality when examining IP applications.