The next edition of WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Report (WIPR) will be launched on 12 November 2019.
The theme of the 2019 report is “The Geography of Innovation – Local Hotspots, Global Networks” and it will look at where innovation is taking place in the world based on analysis of patents and scientific publications.
The launch will take place in Geneva starting at 3pm local time. To register to attend the event, or join the webcast, visit the dedicated page on WIPO’s website.
The event will include remarks by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and Chief Economist Carsten Fink followed by a panel discussion featuring Ms Silke Reinhold, Head of Electronics and Mobility Patents and Design Rights, Volkswagen AG, Germany; Prof AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, School of Information, University of California at Berkeley, United States of America; and Prof Jie Tang, Harbin Institute of Technology and Former Vice-Mayor, Shenzhen, China.
The WIPR is published every two years and is the Organization’s flagship analytical report.
WIPI report published
Separately, WIPO recently published its annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report, with data on patent, trade mark, design and GI filing trends in 2018 based on information from IP offices.
Among the key findings were that trade mark applications worldwide grew 15.5% in 2018, measured by the number of classes specified, while the number of designs filed increased by 5.7%.
An estimated 10.9 million trade mark applications covering 14.3 million classes were filed worldwide in 2018. The number of classes specified grew for the ninth consecutive year. China’s IP office led the way, with a class count of around 7.4 million. Other offices with notable growth included those of Indonesia, India, the Republic of Korea and the UK.
There were an estimated 1 million industrial design applications filed containing 1.3 million designs. China’s IP office again led the world, followed by the EUIPO and the offices of the Republic of Korea, the US and Germany. The biggest growth was in the UK office.
The report also found that there were around 65,900 geographical indications in force in 2018, with Germany having the largest number followed by China, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Read the full WIPI report, and download the charts, here.