The number of international patent applications has increased by 0.3% and reached its peak in 2022. Innovators in China, the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Germany have been the top five countries in filings under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) which makes patent protection easier across numerous nations.
The overall slow growth rate is a reflection of the difficult economic circumstances prevailing in 2022. The businesses howevercontinued to invest in innovation and intellectual property (IP).
Computer technology accounted for the largest share of published PCT applications at 10.4%, followed by digital communication (9.4%), electrical machinery (7.1%), medical technology (7%) and measurement (4.6%). Computer hardware, software, and other electrical or electronic apparatus are the most specified class in international applications received by WIPO.
Under the International trademark system (Madrid System), US-based applicants filed the largest number of international trademark applications, followed by those located in Germany, China, France and the United Kingdom.
The number of designs included in international applications under WIPO's Hague System reached a record with the top users of the international design system: Germany, China, US, Italy and Switzerland.