GENEVA / WIPO 2018 REPORT

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Worldwide demand for intellectual property (IP) tools reached record heights in 2017, with China driving this growth, according to the World Intellectual Property Indicators report that was launched in Geneva on Monday. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / WIPO 2018 REPORT
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 03 DECEMBER 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations.
2. Wide shot, TV camera operators, journalists, panel,
3. Close up, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Francis Gurry, Director-General, World Intellectual Property Organization:
“Innovation is increasingly the battleground for economic advantage amongst the leading economies.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Francis Gurry, Director-General, World Intellectual Property Organization:
“Asia, well, it’s interesting, it’s now roughly two-thirds of all intellectual property applications worldwide so this is an extraordinary transformation that has occurred in a relatively short period of time.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carsten Fink, WIPO Chief Economist:
“It’s not just China, we are seeing double digit growth from the United States, from Japan 24.2 per cent, and we are also seeing high growth from a number of developed economies: Germany, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom. Brazil of course, a middle income country, and these are quite mature markets, so to see that type of growth, I think, is quite remarkable.”
8. Close up, journalist writing on laptop.
9. Med shot, panel
10. Med shot, TV camera lens, panel

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Worldwide demand for intellectual property (IP) tools reached record heights in 2017, with China driving this growth, according to the World Intellectual Property Indicators report that was launched in Geneva on Monday.

For the first time in the World Intellectual Property Indicators report, this year’s edition includes statistics on the creative economy. In particular, on the basis of an original survey jointly conducted with the International Publisher’s Association, key performance data has been compiled on publishing activity covering 28 countries.

IP-backed innovation has become an increasingly critical component of competition and commercial activity, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), illustrated by the demand for IP protection rising faster than the rate of global economic growth, pushing Francis Gurry, WIPO’s Director-General to proclaim “innovation” as “the battleground for economic advantage amongst the leading economies.”

The report shows that Asia has strengthened its position as the region with the greatest activity in patent filings. Offices located in Asia received 65.1% of all applications filed worldwide in 2017 – a considerable increase from 49.7% in 2007 – primarily driven by growth in China.

Gurry noted that “Asia now has roughly two-thirds of all intellectual property applications worldwide so this is an extraordinary transformation that has occurred in a relatively short period of time.”

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2017, a record total of 1.38 million, driving the growth in filings for patents, trademarks, industrial designs and other IP rights, thus recording the highest application volume for each of these IP rights as innovators and creators. Meanwhile, with reference to patenting activity abroad, as an indicator of a desire to expand in new markets, the U.S continues to lead followed by Japan, Germany, the Republic of Korea and China.

Carsten Fink, WIPO’s Chief Economist, reiterated that “It’s not just China, we are seeing double digit growth from the United States, from Japan 24.2 per cent, and we are also seeing high growth from a number of developed economies: Germany, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom. Brazil of course, a middle-income country, and these are quite mature markets, so to see that type of growth, I think, is quite remarkable.”

The statistics provided will be consolidated further at a later step as the year has not yet ended, but this report is seen to be the first step toward establishing a more complete and comparable picture of global statistics.
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