Intellectual property claims rebound strongly in 2010Listen /
Applications for international patents worldwide in 2010 have increased over the previous year, according to a report issued on Tuesday.
The report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says fillings in 2010 rebounded strongly after a considerable decline in 2009.
Patents are often considered as one indication of economic recovery.
WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry says that 80 per cent of the growth in patent and trademark applications was driven by China and the United States.
"It's a recovery that is greater than the rate of global economic growth. So you had growth rates for patents of 7.2 per cent worldwide, trademark growth rates 11.8 per cent, industrial designs and utility models 13 per cent. The world economy grew by 5.1 per cent over that time."