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World Intellectual Property Organization, Spain

WIPO report finds signs of economic recovery

A new WIPO report analysing intellectual property trends says that while innovative activity and demand for IP rights dipped during the global economic crisis, there have been signs of recovery this year. While the bulk of the report focuses on 2008 and 2009 data, a special section on the economic crisis in WIPO's World Intellectual Property Indicators says that in the current year there are grounds for optimism as patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty system and international trade mark registrations filed under the Madrid system have returned to growth. OHIM data for Community trade marks also shows that the recovery in demand has continued during 2010, with applications in the first half of this year 15% up on the same period in 2009 and registered Community designs also showing a return to growth.
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