China has filed largest number of patent applications says WIPOListen /
The largest number of applications for intellectual property rights has come from China, according to a report launched on Monday.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says that in 2012, global filings for patents increased at its strongest rate in nearly two decades.
Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, says China is the only country that recorded double-digit growth for each type of intellectual property applications, namely patents, trade marks, industrial designs and utility models.
"So, China is the only one of the major offices that recorded double-digit growth in each area first of all. Secondly, residents of China filed the largest number of applications; so Chinese residents filed 560,000 patent applications, compared to looking at the resident of Japan, 480,000 and the United States of America, 460,000." (26")
According to the WIPO report, globally intellectual property filings have sharply rebounded since a 2009 decline at the height of the financial crisis.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.