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News article12 November 2021

World Intellectual Property Indicators Report: Worldwide Trademark Filings Resilient Despite COVID-19

On November 8, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. According to the 2021 WIPI, trademark filing activity rose by 13.7% in 2020, patents by 1.6% and designs by 2%. The report gathers data from 150 national and regional institutions and shows how innovators, designers and brand owners are increasingly relying on intellectual property rights to expand their outreach and seek new growth. Overall, the report illustrates the resilience of human innovation despite the current global pandemic.

"WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators Report confirms that despite the deepest economic contraction in decades, intellectual property filings - a strong indicator of innovation - showed remarkable resilience during the pandemic,” WIPO Director General Daren Tang said.

The annual WIPI report collects and analyzes IP data to inform policy makers, business leaders, investors, academics and others seeking to understand and analyse macro trends in the intellectual property ecosystem.

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12 November 2021