News archive - WIPO new publication: 2012 IP Facts and Figures

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) has published the 2012 IP Facts and Figures. This publication includes data on patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs and it is focused on application data only. The guide is therefore an important source of information on the global trends of intellectual property activity.


The World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) 2012 IP Facts and Figures provides an overview of intellectual property (IP) activity based on the latest available year of statistics. Due to the time involved in collecting and reporting statistics to WIPO, most national and regional IP office statistics refer to 2010. This publication covers four types of industrial property – patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs – and serves as a quick reference guide. It therefore focuses on application data only, which is the most often used measure of IP activity.

Trademark application data refer to class counts (the number of classes specified in applications) in order to better compare international trademark activity across offices. The tables and graphs presented enable a comparison of IP activity across offices and through the use of the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Madrid and Hague systems in 2011.
The data used are taken primarily from the WIPO Statistics Database, which is based on WIPO’s Annual IP Survey and on data compiled by WIPO in processing international applications filed via the PCT, Madrid and Hague systems. Data can be downloaded from WIPO’s IP Statistics web pages. As far as possible, all statistics are compiled using the same definitions so as to ensure international comparability.
Please note that due to the continual updating of missing data and the revision of historical statistics, data provided in this publication may differ from previously published figures and from data available on WIPO’s web pages.
Readers Readers are welcome to use the information contained in this publication, but are requested to cite WIPO as the source. For more in-depth
analysis of WIPO and/or national office IP statistics, you are invited to visit the following links:

Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on August 28, 2012
Modified on August 30, 2012