WIPO Reports Increase in International Application Filings in 2012


WIPOIn March, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that International patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) increased by 6.6% in 2012.  WIPO noted that of the 194,000 PCT applications filed last year, Japan and U.S. accounted for nearly half (48.8%) of those applications.  Five countries had double-digit growth in PCT filings in 2012:  the Netherlands (+14.0%), China (+13.6%), Republic of Korea (+13.4%), Finland (+13.2%), and Japan (+12.3%).  PCT filings in several countries dropped in 2012, including Turkey (-16.3%), Mexico (-15.6%), India (-9.2%), Canada (-6.7%), South Africa (-5.3%), the Russian Federation (-4%), Spain (-2.4%), and Australia (-1.8%).

With regard to technical field, electronic machinery (7.5% of published applications), digital communications (7.1%), computer technology (7%), medical technology (6.4%), and pharmaceuticals (4.4%) saw the largest shares of published applications.  Biotechnology applications had a 3.0% share of published applications in 2012.  While several technical fields saw double-digit growth in share of published applications between 2011 and 2012, including IT methods for management (+22.8%), micro-structural and nano-technology (+21.2%), computer technology (+18.2%), transport (+17.5%), electrical machinery (+17.1%), optics (12.3%), measurement (10.8%), and machine tools (10.6%), biotechnology and pharmaceutical application share rose by only 1.0% and 1.1%, respectively.

WIPO released the following infographic on PCT filings for 2012.



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