2011 a banner year for trademark filings: UN intellectual property agency

Francis Gurry, WIPO head

More than 42,000 international trademarks were filed in 2011, the highest number recorded by the UN body which safeguards brands, designs and other intellectual property -WIPO.

Computer hardware and software was the most popular class of goods and services seeking brand protection world-wide, followed by those related to office functions, advertising and business management.

Other top sectors filing applications last year included science and engineering, and clothing, headgear and footwear.

Francis Gurry heads WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, which made the announcement on Monday:

"Marks are considered to be quite a good indicator of economic activity and economic health because they concern new products and new enterprises. And what we see is that in 2011 there was continued growth, especially over the first part of the year; a slight stabilizing of the growth in the latter quarter, the last quarter of the year, but overall an increase of 6.5 per cent."

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European Union countries jointly lead the world in filing for international trademark protection, followed by Germany, the United States, France, Switzerland and Italy.

Meanwhile, China was the country where companies most sought to safeguard their brands, with the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation, also listed.

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