THURSDAY, 18 MARCH 2010
Croatia stars while Madrid filings slump
International trade mark filings under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks dropped by 16% in 2009 as a result of the global economic downturn, according to the latest WIPO statistics. Bucking the downward trend, however, were the positive figures recorded for the European Union (up 3.1%), Croatia (the star of the show, with an amazing increase of 17.5%) and Hungary (up by a highly creditable 14.5%).
European national jurisdictions were however among the biggest losers. France (down 16.5%) and Germany (down 22.9%) may have been disappointed with their figures, but they pale into insignificance with the drop in economically struggling Greece (down 51.3%), Romania (down 52.5%) and Portugal (down 60.8%).
Let us all hope for more positive news next time round, both for the countries of Europe and for their trading partners all over the world.
Posted by: Jeremy Phillips @ 14.38
Tags: Madrid System, International filings, statistics,