The number of international trademark applications filed under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks hit an all-time high in 2011, according to a WIPO press release. More than 42,000 applications were filed last year — a 6.5% increase over the number of applications filed in 2010.
Where did all of these applications originate? More than 50% (24,275) were filed by European Union (EU) member countries. Within the EU filings, applications filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) ranked highest at 5,859, followed sequentially by applications from Germany, the US, France, and Switzerland.
Countries with the largest growth in the number of trademark applications were the Russian Federation with a 35.6% jump, the European Union (24.5%), the US (15.5%), and China (11.5%).
Top trademark filing companies included Novartis, Philip Morris, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, Richter Gedeon Nyrt, Nestlé, Philips, and BMW.
You can read the full WIPO release here.